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Science Literacy

Science Literacy Week Events across Canada

See the full schedule of events across Toronto, Ontario, and the rest of Canada

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Virtual Conferences

Many conferences have moved online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following free online conferences and webinars may be of interest.

Please note that the University of Toronto Libraries has no affiliation with these listings. No endorsement of any products or services is expressed or implied. Any questions or concerns should be communicated directly to the specific event organizers.

UTSC Soundscapes

Enjoy these six soundscapes from the UTSC Library's MyMedia Soundscapes Collection. They include compiled sounds that you would hear in and around UofT Scarborough campus, including the valley, forest, and creek.

B is for Biodiversity

Science Literacy Week 2020 is here - September 21-27!

Canada is a country rich in biodiversity, and this year we’re celebrating that diversity. From lakes to oceans, prairies to boreal forests, marshland to tundra, our country is brimming with science. We’re encouraging Canadians to explore what makes these environments unique and so amazing and why we need to conserve them for future generations.


Along with organizations from across Canada, U of T Libraries is celebrating the beauty and importance of biodiversity across the nation. Participating libraries from St. George, UTM, and UTSC campuses will offer virtual displays, contests, trivia & other content that will inspire you all week long!

What is Science Literacy Week?

Science Literacy Week showcases the diversity of Canadian science and the culture it's embedded in. Libraries, museums, science centres, schools and not-for-profits come together to highlight the books, movies, podcasts and events that convey the excitement and influence of science in our everyday lives. It’s about each and everyone’s unique relationship with science and how they live it.




WHEN: Sept 21-25, daily @10am/3pm


  • Follow either @GersteinLibrary (on Twitter or Instagram) or @UTMLibrary (on Twitter or Instagram)
  • Watch these accounts for 2 daily trivia clues (at 10am and 3pm)
  • Fill out your answers in Jeopardy-style (e..g. What is....? Who is...?, etc) via our contest form

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: Open to all currently registered U of T students (all 3 campuses)


  • Submit your daily answers by 11:59pm EST each day
  • Students with the most correct answers by the end of the week have a chance to win up to a $50 U of T Bookstore gift card!
  • Contest ends Fri Sept 25, 11:59pm EST.


WHEN: Sept 21-25

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: All are welcome to share #SciLit art and tag @UTSCLibrary. Open to all currently registered U of T students (all 3 campuses).

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Follow @UTSCLibrary on Instagram or Twitter and submit your #SciLit art/photos for your chance to be entered into a draw to win one of five $20 in TBucks. View contest rules and download colouring sheets.

Science Literacy Week art contest promotional banner

Read Science...all over University of Toronto Libraries!

There are numerous science books available through the UofT Libraries collections. Some are available as e-books, while others may be requested via the Curbside Pickup Service. Happy reading! 

Biodiversity: Library Guides & Links