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Great ConversationsIn the spirit of discussion, debate and discovery, this speaker series brings leading global experts to a local audience to share thoughts, ideas and perspectives on a range of critical issues – from the pressing need for climate change action to the search for extraterrestrial life.

The series is presented in a three-part format: speaker presentation, followed by a one-on-one conversation with a moderator and closing with a question and answer period with the audience.

Don’t miss out on these intellectually enriching, thought-provoking evenings that are sure to get you talking and leave you pursuing great conversations of your own.

September 27Jill Tarter

Jill Tarter, Ph.D.
A Cosmic Perspective: Searching for Aliens, Finding Ourselves

Are we alone in the universe? Is there intelligent life in space? Humans have been asking these questions throughout history. We want to know where we came from, how we fit into the cosmos and where we are going. Searching for life beyond Earth may not only result in contact, but could also lead to a better understanding ourselves. What will life in the future look like?

Presented by "The Charles Darrow Lecture Series" in collaboration with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Toronto Centre.

October 26 Scott Kelly

Scott Kelly
In Conversation with Scott Kelly

We’ve created a research lab in space. But can man really live beyond Earth’s orbit? Astronauts provide a unique perspective on both the challenges of living in a microgravity environment and the opportunities of human space missions. What are the extreme challenges of a long-term spaceflight on the body and psyche? Is there such a thing as a space gene? Does  Mars hold the key to life in space?

Scott Kelly’s memoir, Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery, will be available for purchase and signing.

Presented in collaboration with Penguin Random House.

December 4David Julius

David Julius, Ph.D.
From Peppermints to Pit Vipers

Our senses enable us to interpret and experience the world in which we live. Sensory systems are fine-tuned by evolution to detect signals that are most relevant to an animal’s lifestyle and environment. How do spices and snakes help us understand this important sensory process while generating new ideas for basic research and drug development?

Presented by TELUS Health in partnership with the Gairdner Foundation.

Tickets sold separately for each presentation.

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Tickets $20 - includes access to Inventorium, a new hands-on learning space
Members $15
Parking $5

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Presentation at 7:30 p.m. 

Imperial Oil Auditorium
Level 1  

Recent Presentations

David Suzuki, Ph.D.

Can Humans Survive the Anthropocene?

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


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