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.

  • RCIS Winter 2016 Science Talks start Sunday!


    Join us Sunday, January 17th for our first talk of 2016!

    Dr. Michael Strong explores the molecular basis for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
    Talks follow every Sunday until March 6, 2016. From plans for the world’s largest telescope to how black widow spiders communicate, we present talks on all areas of science. We’ve even got one for kids!

    2 PM JJR Macleod Auditorium
    1 King’s College Circle, Toronto.


  • Congratulations to Spencer Barrett and Peter Victor!

    Spencer BarBarrett_Victor_RSCrett, current RCIS Councillor and Peter Victor, RCIS Past President at the November 2015 meeting of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).

    Spencer accepted the RSC Flavelle Medal for “an outstanding contribution to biological science during the preceding ten years or for significant additions to a previous outstanding contribution to biological science.”

    Peter Victor was elected as a Fellow of the RSC.





  • Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research Public Forum

    2015 POSTER - English - Friesen Prize Public Forum Lecture - Sir Paul Nurse - December 7, 2015The Royal Canadian Institute for Science, the Friends of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Banting Research Foundation present the 2015 Friesen Prize winner Sir Paul Nurse in a public forum about discovery science and the creative process. December 7, University of Ottawa.




  • Embrace the geek in you, make a difference, and tell people about it.

    Dr. Molly Shoichet speaks about the importance of engaging people in science.

    This year’s Royal Canadian Institute Fleming Medal & Citation winner is Dr. Molly Shoichet.

    A professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Toronto, Dr. Shoichet has won kudos internationally for her work on hydrogels – versatile materials that can act help rebuild damaged tissues in the body. Since September 2014, as the senior advisor to the President of the University of Toronto on science and engineering engagement, Dr. Shoichet has also focused on building public awareness about what scientists do all day.

    Come and hear Dr. Shoichet share how she is using an innovative media campaign to engage Canadians in science.

    The lecture follows the presentation of the Fleming Medal by the Honorable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Honorary Vice Patron of the Royal Canadian Institute.

    The lecture is free and open to the public.

    Monday, November 16, 7:30 pm
    OISE auditorium, 252 Bloor St. W.


  • Sigma Xi Society’s Distinguished Lecture Series at UofT

    Featuring fascinating talks in everything from prenatal stress effects on the baby to Thomas Jefferson’s encounter with a dead moose. Hear local scientists and visiting researchers share their work in this free series of talks. This year, with a strong focus on PhD Candidates.
    Visit the Sigma Xi Society website for more information.

    All lectures are at the Ramsey Wright Zoological Labs Building rm 425 (accessed via 25 Harbord St).


  • 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).


  • 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.

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