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.

  • 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

    In Ottawa, we explored water supplies used for many other purposes. Now we’re moving to Vancouver, where the risk is posed by growth. How can water demand be met without massive impact on the environment?

    With leading scientists and policy experts, we will explore:

    • How can we deliver water to a growing urban area while accommodating both engineering and human behaviour? Steve Conrad, SFU
    • How is our use of land impacting water systems? Hans Schreier, UBC
    • Can we engineer non-invasive ways to meet water demand, maintain water quality and preserve the environment? Madjid Mohseni, UBC

    Moderated by Oliver Brandes of the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance. 

    7 PM – 8:30 PM Discussion
    8:30 – 9:30 PM Networking social hour with a cash bar


    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:


  • Members of the Royal Canadian Institute

    Notice of Annual General Meeting

    RCI Members are invited to the Royal Canadian Institute Annual General Meeting and Conversazione

    May 13, 2015, 7:30 PM, Croft Chapter House
    15 King’s College Circle, University of Toronto, St. George Campus

    There will be an interesting author  and book signing during the one hour reception following the meeting You won’t want to miss this AGM! Contact Kathy Carter 416 977-2983 x 1

  • 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.




  • 2015 Canadian Science Dinner

    FeedYourLogo-220x300Thursday, April 23, 2015

    6-9:30 PM


    For more information





  • Particle Fever screening at York University!

    Special lecture, April 1, 7:30 PM

    FREE screening of the acclaimed documentary, Particle Fever, followed by discussion and Q&A with York University researchers, Wendy Taylor and Sean Tulin.

    For more information and to register.


  • Fleming Medal Winner, Paul Delaney, wins CASCA Qilak Award

    Congratulations to past Fleming Medal winner, Paul Delaney, on being awarded the Qilak award from the Canadian Astronomical Association, CASCA recognizing his decades of work promoting the public understanding of astronomy in Canada.