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The McMaster Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Initiative is pleased to invite you to our upcoming

Current Research in Engineering, Science & Technology (CREST) Meeting!  To accommodate for the present day, this year's conference will be entirely VIRTUAL and FREE!


CREST is an interdisciplinary celebration, not only of females in STEM, but also of the exciting research being conducted in these domains more broadly. CREST offers an excellent venue for students, postdocs, and faculty of all genders to present their research in an interdisciplinary environment, network with local academics, and learn more about research opportunities in academia or industry through a series of professional development workshops, interactive career panels, and social mixers.

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Schedule at a Glance






May 2

10 AM        

Keynote address

May 9


  Professional communications workshop        

May 3

no event today!      

May 10

10 AM      

Career trajectory talk and workshop     

May 4

10 AM


Building positive spaces workshop 1    

May 11

10 AM        

Building positive spaces workshop 2            

May 5

no event today!         


May 12

11:30 AM        

EDI Panel


May 6

2 PM

Student presentations        

May 13

2 pm 



4 PM    

Student presentations




keynote address

Stay tuned for the announcement of the CREST 2022 Keynote Speaker


CREST will feature a variety of workshops throughout the 10 days!


This year's conference will feature panels throughout the 10 days!



We have specially selected talk/poster options for undergraduate students, graduate trainees, and postdoctoral fellows interested in presenting their research​!


CREST will have networking breaks so that you can meet and get to know the incredible attendees, panelists, workshop leaders, keynote, and WISE team over the course of the conference!

Keynote Address

Dr. Jennifer E. Decker



May 2 2022 at 10 AM

Jennifer E. Decker received her B.Sc. in Honours Physics from University of Waterloo and M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physics from Université Laval, Québec City. She joined the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) Institute for National Measurement Standards in 1992 and became known for her research on optical measurement science, standards and measurement uncertainty evaluation.

She is also experienced in calibration laboratory assessment and Quality System accreditation. Dr. Decker assumed various leadership roles in international measurement science, and served on the Executive of the Canadian Advisory Committee to the International Standards Organization (ISO) during the early development of international policy and technical committees for nanotechnology. She has international research experience as a Fellow of the German Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Foundation as guest researcher at the Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB Braunschweig) and represented AvH as a Canadian Humboldt Ambassador Scientist.

During 2011-2015, Dr. Decker served with Canadian Global Affairs as Counsellor, Science and Technology at the Embassy of Canada in Berlin, Germany. Upon returning to NRC in the Office of the Vice President, Emerging Technologies she undertook various roles involved in development and operationalization of research collaboration partnerships, in addition to leading women in STEM initiatives. She served as Executive Advisor (Chief of Staff) to the NRC Chief Digital Research Officer prior to taking up the position of Consul and Principal Advisor at NRC Germany, co-located at the Canadian Consulate in Munich.


building positive spaces: gender identity and expression

building positive spaces: 


professional communication 


Wil  Fujarczuk


McMaster University Equity and Inclusion Office

May 4th, 2022 @ 10 AM


Wil  Fujarczuk


McMaster University Equity and Inclusion Office

May 11th, 2022 @ 10 AM

Register here



Catherine Maybrey 


McMaster University School of

Graduate Studies

May 9th, 2022 @ 10 AM

Register here



PANEL and Talks

This year's conference will be featuring a panels focusing on EDI 
and career trajectories in science!



Support group


Reflecting on EDI in Research Design



Please join us for a reflective panel considering how elements of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) should be considered in research design. To build off other informative workshops within our CREST conference, we will touch on themes focusing on how to make research in STEM more accessible and inclusive within this panel. Through moderated and open-audience discussions, our invited panellists will offer their insights on the topic aiding others to reflect on how to consider EDI within STEM research.  


The Myth of a Linear Trajectory 

in collaboration with AISEC

Join us to to learn about the importance of international collaboration in research in this collaborative event with WISE & AIESEC! This talk will be hosted by Dr. Caitlin Mullarkey who received her doctorate from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. She subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in viral immunology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York City). She is an expert in infectious disease and vaccine development, as well as a passionate educator at McMaster University. 

Student Presentations


Postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students: submit your abstracts to present for FREE!

We welcome all stages of research, whether you have data collected or an experiment in progress. CREST is your opportunity to practice your presentation skills. get feedback from other students in a variety of STEM fields, and have fun talking about your research! Submit new data, a proposed experiment, a new methodology, anything you want! 

Presentations will take place on Friday May 6th and Friday May 13th

This year's presentation style will be:

research bytes

10-minute practice-your-pitch style talk

(7-minute talk, followed by a 3-minute Q&A period)

Click HERE for abstracts of this year's presenters

Click HERE to register for the May 6th research talks 
Click HERE to register for the May 13th research talks



CREST will have plenty of virtual networking opportunities so that you can meet and get to know the incredible attendees, panelists, workshop leaders, and keynote!

Whether you'd like to learn more about a profession, find a mentor, or make some new friendships, CREST is a great place to strike up meaningful conversations!

We will also be hosting an IN PERSON social 

taking place on Friday May 13th at 4-6PM, at the Phoenix Bar and Grill!

Register for the social here!


Check out some photos from CREST 2019!

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