Jeremy McNeilWestern Science

Activities Associated with the Public Awareness of Science

For more than 25 years I have been giving presentations about insects to children at English and French primary and secondary schools around Quebec City, as well as at other locations in North America, China, Europe and Australia. On average I speak to at least 500 students each year.

I was a judge of the Annual International Young Europeans' Environmental Research Competition (YEER), sponsored by the Deutsche Bank, where the national winners from European countries participate from 1995 to 1999. I was a judge in 2000 at their world-wide competition (WYRE) at the EXPO site in Hanover. I also represented YEER at the Intel Science Fairs in Forth Worth (1998) and Philadelphia (1999), as well as ExpoScience in Puebla Mexico (1999). I frequently serve as judge at regional and provincial Expo-science fairs and am currently on the advisory board of The Sanofi-Aventis Biotech Challenge (SABC) for the London region.

I also give presentations at public institutions such as the Ontario Science Center and the Musée de la Civilization, to amateur science and gardening clubs, the scouts, in shopping centers, as well as at nature centers. In addition I give talks to exterminators, providing information on the seasonal biology of insects they most frequently encounter and present alternatives to insecticides as means of control.

I appear regularly on radio and television, both locally and nationally, and give an average of ten interviews in English and French annually. In addition I serve as a resource person in the preparation of science programs for TV and radio (Radio Canada). For example, I appeared as the scientific expert in the French version of “The Secret Lives of Butterflies” a 1h TV documentary produced by Kublacon Pictures Butterflies INC for various broadcasters, such as Discovery Channel Canada and TV Cinq in 2003-2004. This show is aired several times a year since it was released. I recently participated in a 1h segment of 6 part TV series, taking about scientific and technological innovations that may help feed the ever growing human population. This series, in French, was produced by Espace Francoo Images and will be aired in 2013 on the Canadian French language educative channel TFO. I have just completed filming a piece about armyworm species for an international four part TV series called "Infestations" that examining outbreak species in agriculture and forestry, as well as in aquatic and urban environment. The series will be broadcast in fall/winter 2013 on iChannel & Oasis Channel in Canada, in UK on UKTV and in Germany on ZDF. ZDF Enterprises also has the rights to distribute the show worldwide. The series will be produced through TFPB Productions Inc., a sole purpose company owned by Stornoway Productions.