Science Literacy Week

September 18 - 24, 2017

It’s that time of year again! Hundreds of events that showcase the excellence and diversity of Canadian science are taking place across the country during Science Literacy Week.

In addition to our regularly scheduled exhibitions and programs, we’ve added some special events to share our love of science during this nationwide celebration.


Wednesday, September 20 – Honouring Science Communication

Faster Higher Smarter: Bright Ideas That Transformed SportsJoin us as we partner with the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada (SWCC) to honour author Simon Shapiro for his outstanding contribution to science writing for youth. Shapiro will be presented the SWCC Youth Book Award for his book Faster Higher Smarter, which looks at the science behind inventions and improvements in sports – from swimming to basketball and skateboarding to wheelchair athletics.

Hear Shapiro talk about Faster Higher Smarter and ask him your questions about research, writing and communicating science.

10:30 a.m.
Hot Zone, Level 6
Included with general admission


Thursday, September 21 – Stimulating Science Discussion and Debate

David SuzukiOur Great Conversations speaker series kicks off during Science Literacy Week with award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster David Suzuki.

Human beings have become the driving force shaping the properties of the biosphere. As the urgency of climate change becomes clear, Suzuki questions whether we have the foresight to choose a path to survival or allow economics and politics to drive us in the opposite direction.

This thought-provoking presentation by Canada’s preeminent environmental activist is sure to fuel great conversations long after the evening is over.

7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.)
Imperial Oil Auditorium, Level 1
Tickets $20 (Members $15)


Sunday, September 24 – Taking Science to the Street

Soapbox Science. Photo credit: Clifton Lee.What better way to bring science to life than at a street festival all about literacy? We’ve teamed up with SciXchange at Ryerson University to bring Soapbox Science to The Word on the Street Festival. Canadian women scientists will add their voices to the already amazing line-up of speakers and authors by discussing their work and latest discoveries. Come out to hear these remarkable STEM experts as they examine everything from how your eye develops to galactic star formations.

12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The Word on the Street Festival, Zone 6, Harbourfront Centre
Free

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