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.

Schedule at a Glance

March 12, 2021

march 13, 2021

2:30- 3:30 PM 

Opening remarks


Networking Workshop




Adapting Your Skills for the Workplace Panel


Networking with Trivia

10:00- 11:00 AM

Research Presentations

11:00-12:00 PM

Open Science Workshop


Academic Panel


Research Presentations


Gender Inclusivity Workshop


Closing Remarks and Social

keynote address

Stay tuned for the announcement of the CREST 2021 Keynote Speaker


CREST will feature a variety of workshops including:

  • Tips for Networking

  • Open Science

  • Gender Inclusivity 


This year's conference will feature 2 distinct panels:

  • Adapting Your Skills for the Workplace

  • Academic Panel - topic TBA



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!


The Honourable Kirsty Duncan is the Member of Parliament for Etobicoke North and has been serving the community since 2008.  She is currently the Deputy House Leader of the Government, and she previously served as Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. 


Prior to entering politics, Kirsty was an associate professor of health studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and an associate professor of geography at the University of Windsor. She holds a doctorate in geography from the University of Edinburgh. 


Kirsty is internationally recognized as a leading expert in pandemic influenza, climate change and its impact on human health. She served on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an organization that was jointly awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Albert (Al) Arnold Gore Jr. 

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Hon. kirsty duncan

March 12th, 2021 @ 4-5 PM


online networking for introverts.


Catherine Maybrey


Career Consultant and Coaching Services

March 12th, 2021 @ 3-4 PM

open science.


Hayley Kragness

TEMPO Lab, University of Toronto

March 13th, 2021 @ 11-12 PM


building 2SLGBTQ+ positive spaces.


Wil  Fujarczuk

Sexual Violence Prevention and Response 


March 13th, 2021 @ 3-4:30 PM



This year's conference will feature women working in areas of STEM that were not their graduate research areas in the "adapting your skills for the workplace" panel. Stay tuned for the announcement of our academic panel topic!

March 12th, 2021 @ 5:30-7PM

March 13th, 2021 @12:30-2PM

adapting your skills for the workplace

academic panel



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! 

We are offering 2 types of presentation styles:


10-min research talk, followed by 5-min Q&A period 

research bytes

5-minute practice-your-pitch style talk (3-minute talk, followed by a 2-minute Q&A period)

To submit your abstract click here!
Deadline for abstract submission is EXTENDED TO FEBUARY 26, 2021


CREST will have plenty of 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!


Check out some photos from CREST 2019!