What is Research Live?Research Live

Calling all Ontario Science Centre Visitors!

Research Live! is your chance to participate in studies led by local researchers and help them make advancements in science and technology. Through one-on-one interactions with scientists, you’ll have the chance to explore topics ranging from genetics to cognitive development. 

Your data makes a difference!

“My daughter thoroughly enjoyed herself today spitting for science! Now she wants to be a scientist thanks to her interaction with your positive and attentive staff. I’m glad that my daughter was able to witness scientific research on a first hand level. Amazing!”
– Ontario Science Centre visitor


Do you have an engaging study and need volunteers? Want to help advance the public’s understanding of research? With nearly a million visitors a year, the Ontario Science Centre aims to connect scientists with large, diverse audiences through its Research Live! program. We’ll work with you to create an informative and engaging experience for participants.

Please email us at Research.Live@osc.on.ca for details on how to propose a study or to request an application. Applications will be reviewed in December, April, and August. Our next application deadline for studies to run between September and December 2018 is Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

Current Projects

  • How do children learn science concepts and reasoning skills?
  • Is a conversational robot more effective than smart speakers?
  • Are children better than adults when learning new things?
  • How do children form and change their beliefs when socializing?
  • How do children learn unusual causal patterns found in the world?
  • How do children explain inequality and unfairness?
  • Are different measures of children’s emotional understanding related to each other?
  • What are high school aged student’s knowledge, attitudes and intended behaviours about concussion?   
  • How do children and youth learn higher order language skills?
  • Do young children value scarce objects?
  • Do preschool-age children think that men and women should have similar or different kinds of jobs?
  • How do children tell adults they do not understand a question?
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