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I'm Cassidy.

I'm a science communicator at the University of Ottawa! I'm passionate about telling science stories to better our world. Currently, I'm studying communication strategies to increase COVID-19 vaccination uptake.

I believe that all scientists have stories to share. Whether you want to get paid to communicate science, or you're a scientist who knows how critical communication is to your career trajectory, you're in the right place. 

Petri Dishes

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I'm the Communications Director at the Pelling Lab, which is most well-known for growing human ears out of apples. Yes, really.

Between our two TED Talks, several award-winning museum exhibitions, two podcasts, and four spinout companies, you could say we're passionate about science communication.


Our scicomm efforts have helped us reach an international audience, translate our research into the 'real world', and keep our lab self-sustaining.


We know how valuable it is to be able to promote your science, and I'm here to help you through the journey!

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SciComm School


Welcome to SciComm School: The Podcast! Host Cassidy Swanston of the Pelling Lab shares all the tips and tricks you need to become a successful science communicator. Whether you're a pro-in-the-making or new to science communication, you're in the right place. All scientists have stories to tell - let's learn how to tell yours.

SciComm School is supported by the
Pelling Lab, the University of Ottawa, and NSERC.