Community Seminar Series

Delivering research-based health information to the community

A partnership between IHSI and University of Illinois Extension, the Community Seminar Series provides educational seminars of interest to the community delivered virtually by graduate students and postdoctoral research trainees.

Program Overview

The Community Seminar Series covers health topics driven by public interest. Each seminar covers current research on a specific topics, helping attendees make healthier choices and overcome public health misinformation. Seminars have covered a variety of topics, such as supplements versus healthy eating, aging and dementia, use of technology to improve health, vaccines and the immune system, and more.

Science communication for graduate students and postdocs

Seminars are led by University of Illinois graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. By joining the program, these researchers gain science communication experience and public engagement mentoring from Extension educators across the state. Student presenters are responsible for leading one webinar in the series, in addition to assisting with peer editing content for other student presenters. The program welcomes both interested mentors and trainees.

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View upcoming and recorded seminars

Visit each series page for registration links, free video recordings, presentation slides, and supplemental materials.

Health professional hand pointing to monitor with EKG

Autumn Health Picks

Fall 2021

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woman doctor levitating a glowing orb of health-related symbols

Summer Self-Care Series

Summer 2021

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bowl of cereal

Springtime Science

Spring 2021

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People in a garden carrying produce in wooden crates and smiling

Autumn Health Picks

Fall 2020

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senior couple preparing a salad

Summer Self-Care Series

Summer 2020

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orange slices

Nutrition, Wellness, and the Brain

Spring 2020

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Corinne Cannavale“It is important that our science is available not only to the scientific community but also to the public.”

Corinne Cannavale
Graduate student, program collaborator