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Café Scientifique in Toronto is organized and hosted by several organizations.

The Ontario Science Centre has a Cafe Scientifique series which is usually held on the third Saturday of each month at the Rivoli. To receive notification of upcoming Toronto events, send an e-mail with your name and e-mail address to Cafe Scientifique.

The Ontario Institutes of Cancer Research also produces a series which is CIHR-funded and focused on novel research about cancer. To receive notification of these upcoming Toronto events, send an e-mail with your name and e-mail address to Cafe Scientifique.

CIHR also hosts a Cafe Scientifique series in Toronto.  For more information on this series of Cafes, please check the CIHR website at http://www.irsc.gc.ca/e/34951.html

 

Ontario Science Centre’s Café Scientifique presents: 
Your Brain on Music (click for pdf version)

Whether you feel nostalgic at certain songs, compelled to get up and dance to other tunes, or can’t keep yourself from singing along – music has the ability to move us. Ever wondered about how we perceive and interpret music? Want to learn more about current scientific knowledge of the brain and music?
Join our guest speakers to examine the associations between music, behaviour, and neuroscience, get the scoop on current scientific knowledge, and discover intriguing innovations involving the brain and music.

 animation of an image showing a photo of a woman with animated drawings of notes and instruments above her head

Experts:
Claude Alain - Assistant Director and Senior Scientist, Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest, and Professor of Psychology at University of Toronto
Sarah Nematallah – Violinist in Cecilia String Quartet and Music Educator
Sarah Robichaud - Dancer, Fitness expert, Founder & Creative Director of Dancing with Parkinson’s

Saturday January 24, 2015 - 4pm to pm
The Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W (just east of Spadina)

This event is produced in collaboration with the Ontario Brain Institute

FREE event!
Join in for an evening of drinks, debate, discussion

 

Ontario Science Centre’s Café Scientifique presents: 
Your Brain on Food

Ever wonder why some people love Brussels sprouts, or binge on potato chips, or can’t turn down an item containing bacon?  Our brains have a huge influence on the food that we choose to eat.  But does it also work the other way around?  Does diet influence our brain health? Can we ward off brain diseases by choosing certain foods?  Why are there are snacks that we enjoy or despise? What tricks do chefs use when creating a menu to appeal to our senses?  
Join us for an afternoon of investigating the links between food and the brain with our guest speakers!

picture of a woman with images of food around her head


Experts:

Dr. Carol Greenwood - Senior Scientist, Rotman Research Institute and Department of Foods and Nutrition, Baycrest, and Professor, Department of Foods and Nutrition, University of Toronto
Wallace Wong - Culinary Arts Instructor at Nella Cucina Culinary School.

Saturday February 21, 2015 -  4pm to 6pm
Nella Cucina, 2nd floor culinary classroom
876 Bathurst Street  (1 block north of Bloor)

Please note: There is limited capacity at this venue - please arrive early.

FREE event!
Join in for an afternoon of drinks, debate, discussion 

This event is produced in collaboration with the Ontario Brain Institute


 Ontario Science Centre’s Café Scientifique presents: 
Your Brain on Exercise

Everyone knows that exercise is good for your body, but what does it do for your brain?

What role does your brain play when you work out? Can physical movement have an impact on your risk for developing dementia? Does exercise really release certain neurotransmitters to affect your health and adjust your mood? Can mindfulness lead to better physical performance? If you've ever wondered about how your workout routine (or lack of one) impacts your brain health, take this opportunity to exercise your mind and find out more.

Join us for an afternoon to investigate the links between the brain and exercise with our guest speakers! Prepare to challenge your mind and your muscles!

girl with exercise icons



Experts:


Laura Middleton PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo
Alex Hutchinson PhD -  Journalist,  former national-team distance runner and postdoctoral physicist,  author of "Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? Fitness Myths, Training Truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise"
Stacy Irvine BSc. Kin, M.Sc., D.C. - Personal Trainer, Chiropractor, founder and co-owner of Totum Life Science


Moderator 
Mathieu Ranger, Researcher, Ontario Science Centre

 
Saturday March 21, 2015 - 4 pm to 6 pm
Totum Life Science King 
445 King Street West, Suite 101
 (1 block west of Spadina)

FREE event!
Join in for an afternoon of drinks, debate, discussion 

This event is produced in collaboration with the Ontario Brain Institute

 
 
 

CIHR Café Scientifique presents:
Myths and Truths about Secondhand Smoke and E-Cigarettes (click for pdf poster)


secondhand smoke

The link between smoking and cancer is well established.
What are the health risks of so called second-hand smoke? What is third-hand smoking?
Are new products like e-cigarettes, which do not produce smoke, safer?
Recent legislation will ban smoking on patios, on sports fields and in or near playgrounds.
Are we taking the right steps to prevent exposure to second-hand smoke?

Join our panel of experts for a lively discussion on the myths and truths around smoking.

Experts:
Arshnoor Khoja, RN - Public Health Nurse, Public Health Toronto
Alison Crepinsek - Campaign to Control Cancer


Moderator
Donna Francis, Researcher, Ontario Science Centre

Tuesday November 25th, 2014 - 5pm to 7 pm

Toronto Reference Library, Novella Room on 2nd Floor
789 Yonge Street, Toronto (One street north of Bloor St.)

 Please RSVP to:  http://myths-and-truths-about-second-hand-smoke.eventbrite.ca

This event is produced by the Ontario Institute of Cancer Research
with the collaboration of the Ontario Science Centre,
and with the financial support of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

 


CIHR Café Scientifique presents:

Myths and Truths about Genetic Heredity in Cancer (click for pdf poster)

hereditary cancer image

Cancer is a common disease, with many people having a history of one or more family members affected by it. What role does genetic heredity play in cancer? How common is it for specific cancers to "run in the family?" What do we know about inheritable cancer genes and how does this affect research, detection and treatment?

Experts:
Dr. Nancy Baxter, MD, PhD - Division Chief, Division of General Surgery, St. Michael’s Hospital and Scientist, St. Michael’s Hospital
Kelly A. Metcalfe, RN, PhD - Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and Adjunct Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute
Aletta Poll, M.Sc - Genetic Counsellor, Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit, Women’s College Research Institute

Moderator
Donna Francis
, Researcher, Ontario Science Centre

Wednesday May 7, 2014 - 6pm to 8 pm

The Duke of York Pub, Cellar Room
39 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto (near St. George subway station)

 Please RSVP to: info@oicr.on.ca

This event is produced by the Ontario Institute of Cancer Research
with the collaboration of the Ontario Science Centre,
and with the financial support of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research


Ontario Science Centre’s Café Scientifique presents:
Art & Science: Same process, different products? (click for pdf poster)

art science intersection

 

Take a closer look at the intersections between art and science. Is there more in common than you imagined at first glance? Are these two fields just different ways of looking at the world? Join a variety of artists and scientists for a spirited discussion about the overlap between art and science. View works from the Occam’s Razor exhibition and exchange ideas about the true meaning of art and science.

Panelists:
Natasha Kovacevic, PhD - creative producer, My Virtual Dream and Program Manager at the Centre for Integrative Brain Dynamics at the Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Centre
Clint Enns - PhD student, York University
Scott Menary, PhD - Professor of Physics, York University
Sally McKay, PhD  - Professor of Studio Art and Art History, McMaster University

 

Wednesday April 9th, 2014 - 6pm to 8:30pm,
Gladstone Hotel  1214 Queen St W

followed by viewing of artworks at Propeller Centre, 984 Queen St W until 9:30

Presented in conjunction with the Occam’s Razor exhibition
at the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts (PCVA) and the !dea Gallery at the Ontario Science Centre


CIHR Café Scientifique presents: Healthy Eating + Physical Activity = Cancer Risk Reduction

Are you eating right and being active enough?

Blueberries. Red meat. Fibre. Wine. Chocolate. Antioxidant. Vitamin D. Eat a balanced diet. Consume in moderation. We are flooded daily with new reports describing what we should or should not do to reduce our risk of cancer. What is the current advice on good nutritional habits that could reduce the risk of cancer?

Take the stairs. Walk, run, bike. Exercise 30 minutes per day. ParticipACTION. Is physical activity also important in reducing our risk of cancer? What is the current advice on good active lifestyle habits that could also reduce the risk of cancer?

Join some of Canada’s leading faculty in nutrition and exercise physiology for an evening of open discussion on the role of food and physical activity in reducing the risk of cancer.

Come and learn how we can eat and move our way to a healthy lifestyle.

Experts:

Dr. Rena Mendelson - Professor of Nutrition, Ryerson University
Dr. Robert Ross - Professor of Exercise Physiology, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University

Moderator:Dr. Michelle Brazas - Research and Knowledge Exchange Manager, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 6 to 8 p.m.
The Duke of York Pub, Cellar Room
39 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto(near St. George subway station)

Please RSVP to: info@oicr.on.ca


UNDER THE SUN: PREVENTING SKIN CANCER

Spring is almost here! With the arrival of warmer weather, many Canadians will be shedding their winter coats and sweaters for lighter clothing and enjoying longer periods outdoors in the sunshine. While wonderful, the sun’s rays also pose a risk for skin cancers. How much UV exposure is too much? How is UV exposure measured and how do we report this in the daily news? What are effective strategies in skin cancer prevention?

Join CityNews meteorologist Natasha Ramsahai and one of Canada’s leading melanoma clinicians - Dr. Danny Ghazarian for an evening of open discussion on the role of UV radiation in skin cancer, and our ability to monitor and control UV exposure. Come and gain a whole new appreciation for the power of the sun.

Experts:
•Dr. Danny Ghazarian - Consultant Dermatopathologist, Director of Education, University Health Network, Associate Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto

Natasha Ramsahai - Meteorologist, CityNews, Education Outreach Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society

Moderator
Dr. Michelle Brazas - Research and Knowledge Exchange Manager, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

Monday, April 29, 2013 - 6 to 8 p.m.

The Duke of York Pub, Cellar Room
39 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto (near St. George subway station)

 Please RSVP to: info@oicr.on.ca

This event is produced by the Ontario Institute of Cancer Research
with the collaboration of the Ontario Science Centre


 

Playing Games with our Brains: Are Games more important than we think?

game cafe sci
 

Video Games are everywhere.  From apps on your smartphone to motion-controlled console games, it is likely that you've played a game or two in the last month.  Curious about what playing games does to your brain?  Wonder what scientists have discovered about our brains by using games?  Join us for a discussion on the importance of games and find out about the groundbreaking ways that they are being used for the sake of science and education.

Got an opinion? Join us for drinks, discussion and debate.

FREE EVENT!
 Saturday April 20th,  4-6 pm
at The Rivoli,  334 Queen St. W


science of resolutions

  Psst…It's February, do you know where your resolutions are?
click image for printable pdf version

Each year, many of us resolve to change our lives.  We vow to exercise more, eat healthier food, quit smoking, save money, or find a new love. However, by the end of February, the gyms that were packed in January are ghost towns, and the junk food has crept back into the kitchen cupboards.  What if we analyse this phenomenon scientifically?
Do we have a limited amount of willpower to exert?
How can we use social psychology to increase our likelihood of success?
If there is just one resolution you keep this year – attend this science café event!

Experts:
Jennifer Sygo, M.Sc., RD - Registered Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist, Cleveland Clinic Canada

Anne Bergen, PhD (Social Psychology) -Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, University of Guelph
Valerie Taylor, MD, PhD - Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Women’s College Hospital, Academic Lead, Division of Women’s Mental Health, University of Toronto, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

Got an opinion? Join us for drinks, discussion and debate.

FREE EVENT!
 Saturday February 16th, 4-6 pm
at The Rivoli,  334 Queen St. W



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Ontario Science Centre Cafe Scientifique presents:

Does Arctic Science have an impact on Toronto life?

The Arctic is warming twice as quickly as the rest of the planet.  We often read about the warning signs: receding glaciers, reduced ice coverage, ice-free Northern sea routes, and vanishing habitats. What does this mean for life in the North? Does it have any impact on urban life in Toronto? 

Join us for a fresh look at science in the North with Canadian scientists in biology, geology and marine biology.  Find out for yourself how their research makes an impact on residents of the Arctic, and get in on the conversation.

Experts:
Kathy Conlan, PhD  - Marine Biologist and Author
David Gray, PhD  - Arctic Biologist and Historian
Peter Croal – Geologist


This event is produced in collaboration with Students on Ice.

This event is part of the Science in Canada’s North Café Scientifique Series.

The Ontario Science Centre gratefully acknowledges the support of the W. Garfield Weston Foundation and
the Canadian Association of Science Centres for their support of this event.

 November 19, 2012
 6 pm to 8 pm
The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto
FREE!


CIHR Café Scientifique presents:
Can Viruses Kill Cancer?

Not all viruses are bad.

When most people think of viruses, they think of getting a cold or the flu. They also worry about catching a virus as it spreads through their community. While infection from some viruses can be prevented using vaccines, others cannot and people get sick.

But viruses also have a good side and may even be able to make people healthier. Cancer researchers today are exploring how viruses can be adapted to infect and spread in tumour tissues without harming the surrounding normal tissue. The results are promising and they could lead to a whole new type of cancer treatment with fewer side effects for patients.

Join some of Canada’s leading faculty for an evening of open discussion on how some viruses can be adapted to kill cancer cells and how these viruses differ from the ones we worry about.
You won’t look at the common cold in the same way again.

This event is produced by the Ontario Institute of Cancer Research with the collaboration of the Ontario Science Centre

Experts:

  • Dr. John C. Bell- Senior Scientist, Cancer Therapeutics, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Dr. David N. Fisman - Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

 

Moderator:

  • Donna Francis - Researcher, Ontario Science Centre

Thursday, February 9, 2012
6 to 8 p.m.
The Duke of York Pub - 39 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto

Please RSVP to: info@oicr.on.ca


Click on the topic to view the poster from a previous Café:

2011 Ontario Science Centre Cafe Scientifique Events at the Rivoli