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Sparking Science through Mentorship Conference

For Science Literacy Week (September 18-24, 2017), we're organizing a conference to showcase women working in science and technology with a social purpose. Drawing from different fields of science, ages and backgrounds, these scientists will mentor young women entering grade 9 this fall in Durham Region. Our goal is to increase science literacy and demonstrate that a career in science is fun, satisfying and comes in many different shapes and forms!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

10am to 3pm (lunch will be provided)

University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus

1265 Military Trail, Scarborough, ON M1C 1A4


We are thrilled to have Maydianne Andrade from the University of Toronto Scarborough as our keynote speaker! Maydianne Andrade is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, the Vice Dean of Faculty Affairs and Equity as well as a Canada Research Chair in Integrative Behavioural Ecology.

We are also estatic to have Marc W. Cadott join us for closing remarks. Marc is a TD Professor of Urban Forest Conservation and Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionay Biology, as well as the Vice-Principal, Research (acting) at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

CLICK HERE to learn more about our fantastic roster of female scientists!


We are now accepting registrations! Hurry as spots are limited. 

This conference is limited to students from the following DDSB schools:

  1. Dunbarton High School
  2. Pickering High School
  3. Pine Ridge Secondary School
  4. Ajax High School


Please register if you are:

  1. a female or female-identifying
  2. entering grade 9 in the fall at one of the DDSB schools listed above
  3. have an interest in science or want to learn more!
  4. are available for the full day on September 21, 2017


Please register by Monday, September 18. Registration is required.

For more information, please email [email protected] or call 647-258-3280.


This conference is a collaboration between EcoSpark, Dunbarton High School and the University of Toronto and sponsored by the Office of the Vice Principal Research and the Office of the Dean at UTSC, and NSERC.