The RCI is Canada’s oldest scientific society. We envision a scientifically literate and well informed Canadian public which embraces science as part of its culture and decision-making contributing to civil society. We work to enhance public awareness and understanding of science and to create an environment in which science can flourish, be appreciated, and contribute to all aspects of Canadian life and society. To read more about the RCI and its history, please visit the About Us page.

  • RCIScience Fall 2015 Talk Line-up Announced

    From “true crime” to hitchhiking robots, we announce our Fall line-up of free, public science talks.
    2 PM Sundays, Oct 18 – Dec 6 (no lecture Nov 15), at JJR Macleod Auditorium, UofT St. George Campus
    7:30 PM Thursday Oct 1, Nov 5 and Dec 3, at Mississauga Central Library Noel Ryan Auditorium




  • Congratulations to 2015 Science Scholarship Winners!

    2015 scholarshipwinners_smMatthew Tulio, graduate of St. John Paul Secondary School will attend University of Toronto with a Royal Canadian Institute Science Scholarship.

    Riya Bhatt, graduate of North Albion C.I., will attend York University with a Royal Canadian Institute Science Scholarship.

    Sunaina Saadat (not in photo) graduate of North Albion C.I. will attend McMaster University with a Roy Pearson bursary.

    Congratulations to all 3 exceptional students! Watch for them at future RCIScience events.



  • Sir Sandford Fleming death centenary commemorated in Peterborough Ontario

    Fleming College commemorated the centenary of Sir Sandford Fleming’s death with the unveiling of a portrait of Fleming by JWL Foster in Peterborough yesterday.

    Fleming, co-founder of the Royal Canadian Institute, was also a driving force behind Canada’s railroads, a pioneering engineer and inventor of the concept of Standard Time. Bio of Fleming from the Canadian Enclycopedia.

    Unveiling the portrait with Dr. Tony Tilly, President Fleming College, and Jock Fleming, Councillor of the Royal Canadian Institute and great, great grandson of Sir Sandford Fleming. (courtesy Fleming College).


  • Is Our Drinking Water at Risk? Stop 2: Vancouver!



    RCIScience & the David Suzuki Foundation present:
    A national discussion on urban drinking water

    Second stop: Telus World of Science, Vancouver
    Tuesday, June 23, 7 PM



    Presented with the generous support of:







  • From Standard Time to Stem Cells: Landmarks of the Discovery District

    We are delighted to be working with Heritage Toronto this year to host a walking tour of landmarks of scientific significance on the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus and down Hospital Row.

    Join us Sat. June 27, at 1:30 PM in at the Stewart Observatory, 15 King’s College Circle. For more information, please check From Standard Time to Stem Cells on the Heritage Toronto website.




  • RCIScience Webcasts

    The RCIScience lectures are available online! You can watch them on your computer or mobile device. Put a little science into your day!

    Click HERE and select “Fall” for the 2014 Fall series, or “Winter” for the 2015 series.

    Webcasts recorded and supported by:

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  • Is our Drinking Water at Risk? A new cross-Canada series!

    Drinking Water logo_newLecture 1: Ottawa, April 7, 2015, 7PM

    at the Canadian Museum of Nature

    Free tickets available here.

    Presented in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation with the generous support of the RBC Foundation.