University Libraries celebrate Science Literacy Week

Jupiter and the Great Red Spot 40cm (16″) Telescope

York University Libraries will again partner with on-campus groups to celebrate Science Literacy Week, a nation-wide event that runs Sept. 19 to 25.

Science Literacy Week is a week-long celebration of science-based activities that highlight our outstanding scientists and science communicators from coast to coast.

This year marks the third year for Science Literacy Week, and the first year with support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Indigo Books as major national partners.

“I’m pleased that York University Libraries is again participating in this nation-wide event celebrating science,” said York University Librarian Joy Kirchner. “Engaging the York community with special events, and other research and knowledge dissemination and exchange activities, is always one of our goals and Science Literacy Week is a great way to do that.”

William Colgan
William Colgan

Events at York will include science demonstrations, solar observing, a York Observatory tour and a public talk by William Colgan from Lassonde School of Engineering.

Science Literacy Week event schedule:

Science Demonstrations: Tuesday, Sept. 20, 11am to 1 pm, Scott Library Atrium (2nd floor)
Join York’s Observatory, Science Explorations, and Let’s Talk Science at York as they show you a little science

Solar Observing: Tuesday, Sept 20, 10:30am to 1pm, Campus Walk
Take a closer look at the sun with York’s Observatory

Jupiter and the Great Red Spot 40cm (16") Telescope
Jupiter and the Great Red Spot 40cm (16″) Telescope

“Science and Adventure on the Greenland Ice Sheet” – a talk by Dr. William Colgan: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 6pm,Lumbers Building, Room 306
Listen to York’s own Dr. William Colgan talk about the excitement of research in a remote environment

York Observatory Tour: Wednesday, Sept. 21, immediately following Colgan’s talk, Petrie Science and Engineering Building, Room 405
Take a look at the night sky with York’s Observatory

For more #SciLit16 events, in the GTA and nation-wide, visit