October 2020

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SIEC 2020

Spotlight on Science & Technology

The Saskatoon Industry Education Council is excited to announce our Spotlight on Careers in Science & Technology. We will host live events, share industry interviews and tours, and provide hands-on lab activities for students and teachers.

Spotlight on Computer Science Hans-on Coding


Monday, October 19 – Friday, October 23

Presentation and Q&A with a Scientist

  • Hear from Dr. Janet Rossant, a world-renowned expert in developmental biology as she discusses research in stem cell development and cell differentiation.

Agriculture & Bioresources Career Panel

  • Learn about a career in Agriculture & Bioresources from the U of S College of Agriculture and Bioresources, Sask Polytech BioScience Technology Program, as well as a post-secondary student and an industry professional sharing their education and career journeys.

How do we develop vaccines for COVID-19? Live Q&A with Dr. Volker Gerdts

  • Dr. Volker Gerdts, Director and CEO of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization and International Vaccine Center (VIDO-InterVac), as he shares information about their current research and pursuit to create a vaccine for COVID-19.

Still have questions about your future? Check out these resources and activities.


Virtual Tours

Industry Interviews

Classroom Activities

Please click on video title to access videos

Ag-West Bio’s Scientists are People Too Series:

 Ag-West Bio’s video series offers a glimpse behind the scenes with local scientists to find out what they love about their careers. Check out more videos on Ag-West Bio’s YouTube page and website!

What is VIDO-InterVac??

The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centreat the University of Saskatchewan is internationally recognized for its role in vaccine development and is one of Canada’s national sceince facilities. With 150+ interdisciplinary personnal, over $200 million in containment infrastructure, we develop vaccines and technologies that protect health.

COVID-19 Research at VIDO-InterVac

Hear from Dr. Volker Gerdts, Director and CEO of VIDO-InterVac provide an update on the efforts to develop a vaccine against COVID-19.

Saving Lives Through Vaccine Research

The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization—Home of InterVac The world is changing, so is disease. The International Vaccine Centre (InterVac) at the University of Saskatchewan enables scientists to find vaccines to help combat pandemic influenza and other emerging diseases.

Dr. Janet Rossant – Gairdiner Foundation

Dr. Janet Rossant shares her experiences and insights as a woman leader in stem cell science.


Post-Secondary Programs

Saskpolytechnic BioScience Technology Program

Check out this applied research project by student research, Dhinesh Priyasamy! Harmful chemicals caused by dyes, paints, textiles (etc) are often found in natural aquatic environments (oceans, lakes, rivers). These harmful chemicals can be broken down using laccase. Laccase is an natural enzyme found in fungi. Laccase can also be produced quickly using synthetic biology.

Why study Medicine at USask?

From Indigenous health to one-on-one relationships with faculty and mentors, our medical students talk about the advantages of studying medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.

Unique Minds at the College of Medicine

Our medical students talk about how their diverse backgrounds make up the fabric of our student community. Special thanks to our medical students, Saskatchewan Medical Students Society and USask Media Production for making this video possible.

Usask AgBio

At the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, certificate, diploma, undergraduate and post-graduate degree training are available in a wide range of specializations. The student experience is enhanced when teaching and scholarship are offered in a research-rich environment.

AgBio Student Life

What is life like as a AgBio Student?  At the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan you will be coached and mentored by a dedicated team of world class scholars. You will graduate with excellent, industry-endorsed scientific training and a foundation of marketable career skills.

Usask AgBio Programs – which program should i take?

Usask AgBio Environment and Ecology

Usask AgBio Business and Applied Economics

Usask AgBio Food, Feed and Bioproducts

Usask AgBio Plants and Animals

VIDO Lab Activity

The SIEC is proud to partner with VIDO-InterVac (the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization and International Vaccine Center), a world leader in developing vaccines and technologies against infectious diseases. Typically, the SIEC hosts their Spotlight on Science & Technology at the VIDO-InterVac Center, where students have the opportunity to go into the lab facilities and work with world-class scientists. Unfortunately, this year we cannot go into the VIDO facility. But the VIDO Team has created lab activities to be used in your classrooms. Be sure to complete the survey to let us know what you and your students thought about the activities and tag us on social media.

Extract and Purify Plasmid DNA

Plaque Assay – Calculation of the infectious dose in a material

Zombie Apocalypse Virus Detectives


Ag in the Classroom

Agriculture in the Classroom-SK is partnering with SIEC’s ‘Spotlight on Careers’ program to offer Biotechnology Kits to high school science teachers to complement and broaden the exploration of careers in science and technology. Each kit includes a teacher-lead presentation and hands-on experiment. All materials are supplied but standard lab equipment may need to be provided by the teacher

Activity #1

Biotechnology in Agriculture: DNA Extraction Kit. In this kit, students will have the opportunity to extract DNA from familiar crops and plants.  A presentation will be supplied to provide an understanding of how and why it’s useful to study DNA, how DNA differs among species and careers related to biotechnology. Curriculum connections include: Science RE 9.1, RE 9.2 and Biology 30Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3 


pGLO Bacterial Transformation Kit. In this kit, students will have the opportunity to observe gene expression and genetic engineering in real time. Students will transform bacteria by introducing a gene from the bioluminescent jellyfish Aequorea victoria. A presentation will be supplied to provide the history of genetic engineering as well as methods and procedures used and applied in agriculture. Curriculum connections include: Science RE 9.1, RE 9.2 and Biology 30Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3 **Limited kits are available** 

Request a kit

Please contact Leah to request your kit

Leah – leah@aitc.sk.ca