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Public Events

The Faculty of Science at York University organizes regular public events to excite our community about science and showcase our amazing research. 

York Science Forum

An annual public lecture, York Science Forum explores today’s most fascinating mysteries and discoveries in science. Featuring top international and York University researchers, the community event is free and open to all.

Stay tuned for the next event!

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Previous Events

On April 3, 2019, cybersecurity expert, author and former FBI operative Eric O’Neill, the inspiration behind the spy thriller Breach, told real-life spy stories and how today’s cyber spy is responsible for sophisticated, brilliant, devious, and technologically advanced attacks targeting your data. A panel discussion followed the talk with York mathematics Professor Patrick Ingram and Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and Associate at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP Kristin Ali, moderated by Dan Falk, award-winning science journalist and York Science Communicator in Residence.

On March 28, 2018, particle physicist and Nobel Laureate Arthur McDonald took us on a journey through the underground Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNOLAB) to measure the smallest and most elusive particles in the universe. His keynote address was followed by a panel discussion that also featured York physicists Sampa Bhadra and Scott Menary, moderated by Matt McGrath, BBC journalist and York Science Communicator in Residence. 

On November 2, 2016, the Faculty of Science hosted a thought-provoking discussion about the new gene editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 and how it is transforming the world of bioengineering. Moderated by Paul Kennedy, host of CBC Radio One’s Ideas, the event featured a keynote talk by 2016 Gairdner International awardee Feng Zhang, bioengineer at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and co-developer of the CRISPR technology. 

On December 11, 2015,  bestselling author and renowned particle physicist Lisa Randall discussed the astounding interconnectedness of our universe by examining the intriguing possibility that a comet, knocked out of its orbit by a disc of dark matter, might have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. The Forum also featured a panel discussion with Dr. Randall and York physicists Sean Tulin and Wendy Taylor.  

Toronto Public Library Series 

In 2015, the Faculty of Science began a fruitful partnership with the Toronto Public Library. Together, we have introduced science-inspired events and lecture series for the public at library branches across Toronto. The goal is to excite students and communities about science and showcase the excellent research happening at York University. 

Stay tuned for the next series! 

Previous Events

The year 2019 marked the 150th anniversary of the Table of Elements. In this series of talks, our researchers discussed where elements are found, how they work and how they affect us. Elements are in the inks used for tattoos, in the air we breath, the beer we drink, in the scent of a pine tree, and in the reaction that makes hand warmers warm.  

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The resilience of our planet and the future of humanity rely on biodiversity. After all, biodiversity is the reason why we have air, food, water and medicines. But biodiversity is vulnerable, and in many cases in crisis around the world. In this series of talks presented in partnership with Ontario Nature, our scientists discussed what is being done to understand and conserve the fascinating animals that have the current attention of researchers.  

Download Biodiversity Conservation in the Twenty-first Century poster (PDF)

The universe is a vast and mysterious place that pushes the boundaries of our imagination. In this series of talks, our researchers took us on a dazzling cosmic journey to explore some of the most fascinating corners of our universe. 

Download Chronicles of a Peculiar Universe poster (PDF)

For millennia, infectious diseases have wreaked havoc among humans. In this series of talks, we explored how scientists are tackling these scary bugs. 

Download The Fascinating (and Sometimes Scary) World of Infectious Diseases poster (PDF)

In this series of talks, our researchers discussed the real science behind a lot of great science fiction, and the ways in which scientists and authors inspire one another as they push the outer limits. 

Download The Science of Science Fiction Series poster (PDF) 

Presented in collaboration with the Faculty of Health, this lecture series focused on advances in neuroscience research. 

Download Neuroscience Lecture Series poster (PDF)