Researchers and Artists


Let's see where matter came from, is used for and is going to be!

Let's discover the fascinating world of materials in all its forms and discuss if we could live without ... or less of it. Together with 2 exceptional guest speakers, Bea Johnson founder of Zero Waste Lifestyle and Danièle Quantin leading the R&D department at Arcelor Mittal France, McMaster University's scientists and innovators in Engineering, Astrophysics,  Archaeology, and more are awaiting for you! 

The workshops/presentations are ongoing throughout the night, starting at 6 pm  until 10 pm. (Please note: Bea Johnson's public lecture is at 5 pm!)



On parle français!

Some workshops will be available in English and en Français.

Don't hesitate to ask for a discussion in French when you see the flag!

Bea Johnson -

Zero Waste Home  -  5 to 6 pm only! 

Named “The Priestess of Waste-Free Living” by the New York Times, Bea Johnson is  the founder of Zero Waste Lifestyle Movement which she started about 10 years ago in California where she resides. She has now presented her "5 Rs concept" (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot) and other innovative ideas around the world, including at the United Nations, to considerably reduce waste. Grand prize winner of the "Green Awards" in 2011, her book Zero Waste Home has been translated in 20 languages. It is a great honour to welcome her in Hamilton for the first time, during the Canadian Week of Waste Reduction no less!

Dr. Scott Martin - Past Refuse Present:  An Introduction to Archaeological Materials from the Hamilton Area

Whether artefacts are simply outcomes of bounded human cultures or whether they are bound up with efficient or adaptive socio-economic systems or whether our material items make us human and we have been cyborgs from the very beginning, archaeologists have long been interested in past materials.  When an item is thrown away or lost to become part of the archaeological record, its uselife and biography may end or otherwise change [cf. ‘immateriality’?].  Some of these materials (now recast as ‘artefacts’ or ‘artifacts’) do resurface, however, and ancient refuse comes to be reused in contemporary society in various ways.  Some examples of lithics, ceramics, faunal remains and archaeobotanicals from Sustainable Archaeology McMaster will be displayed in order to investigate how such finds may participate in the world today.

Robert Sparling, P. Eng - Materials and the Law 

Robert Sparling, B. Eng.&Mgt., P.Eng, is the Vice President and Practice Lead of the Materials/Failure group at -30- Forensic Engineering, a firm with over 60 scientists and engineers dedicated to investigating technical matters in relation to insurance claims and litigation.  Mr. Sparling leads a team of experts who investigate the causes of heavy equipment, product, piping, process, and materials failures.  He has over 20 years of experience in failure analysis and has led more than 2500 forensic engineering investigations.  Mr. Sparling has provided expert evidence with respect to failure analysis investigations in Ontario Superior Court. 

Dr. Beth McNally - Materials and Transportation 

Beth McNally is the Principal Research Engineer of the Centre for Automotive Materials and Corrosion at McMaster University. The Centre does a wide range of research including development and corrosion prevention of new high strength alloys for autobodies and understanding the fundamentals of corrosion as applied to pipelines, automotive materials, and more. Researchers stretch, shape, coat, corrode, and characterize samples with a variety of techniques to help build safer and more environmentally sound cars and infrastructure.

Paul Tallon - Materials and the Environment

From 1970 to 2000 consumption of total materials rose 57% in the United States, where use of renewable materials decreased from 41% to 5%. As the population grows, increasing demand on materials we see trends in increasing energy demands, climate changes and vertebrate species decline. At first, human infrastructure being the root cause of these issues sounds depressing, yet if we caused it, we can fix it. 

Paul completed an accelerated Masters in Applied Science through the Materials Engineering department under Dr. Dmitri Malakhov working on the advancement of high strength powder metallurgy steels and is now a sessional instructor for the graduate class Sustainable Material Processes at McMaster University

Daniele Quantin -


Director R&D Arcelor Mittal France  

A Research Engineer in Steel that started her career with the manufacturing industry at Usinor which became SOLLAC then Arcelor Mittal.  She is the Director of Research & Development department at ArcelorMittal with two passions: Human resources ( “brains management") and operational performance (quality and knowledge managements). She also holds the positions of President of the Innovation park Materalia, Vice-President of the French Society for Materials and Metals and President of the French Corrosion Association (Arcor). Danièle Quantin is also an avid science communicator and we are privileged to have her a our guest speaker from France this year.

Bryan Lee, PhD Cand. -

Biomedical Materials and the Future of Patient Care

Bryan Lee is a PhD candidate in the School of Biomedical Engineering at McMaster University. His research focus is on the interface between bone and implant materials, be it for dental or orthopedic applications. The goal of the work is to design, characterize, and evaluate potential implant materials to facilitate improved implant designs and patient outcomes. This work studies bone, implants and the interface between the two while utilizing a vast region of techniques from in vivo studies to high-resolution microscopy.

Dr. Laura Parker - Using Galaxies to Trace the Dark Universe

Dr. Parker’s research group is interested in questions related to galaxy evolution and cosmology. In particular her group is trying to understand how galaxies evolve as the Universe expands as well as the connection between observed galaxy properties and the properties of the environments in which they around found, including the relationship between galaxies and the dark matter that encompasses them. In recent decades many independent observations have revealed that most of the matter in the Universe is invisible to us and made up of what we call dark matter. She will highlight the amazing observations which have led to this remarkable conclusion and discuss what this dark matter might be. Dr. Parker can answer your questions EN FRANCAIS (if you wish). 

Dr. Kari Dalnoki-Veress - The physics of soft squishy things

A ball of silly putty can bounce, flow and fracture; a hydrogel can absorb to hold up to 99% water; squirt shampoo into a puddle and it can rebound and squirt right back at you. These amazing properties of soft squishy materials often arise from their ability to assemble into complex structures. We are ultimate examples of "self-assembly", and while the formation of such amazing complexity is well beyond the scope of this presentation, this presentation will try to convey some of the beautiful fundamental science that underpins our understanding of squishy materials. Kari Dalnoki-Veress is a Professor in the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at McMaster University. 

Dr. Sagar Prabhudev - Electron Microscopy and the Atoms

Dr. Sagar Prabhudev is a Researcher at the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy, Hamilton. His research focusses on building advanced microscopic tools for better understanding of performance and behaviour of energy-related materials. Dr. Prabhudev’s research will lead to better catalysts, battery materials and functional alloys, all designed on the atomic-level and tailored to meet the particular needs of energy, automotive and aerospace industries.

And More !!