This year, the University of Alberta Libraries hosted more than 50 presentations, demos, and displays showcasing the diverse scientific research conducted by staff, students, and numerous community partners. Hundreds of students were drawn in by the mouthwatering smell of free popcorn and pancake breakfasts, but the tasty treats didn’t stop there; NAIT’s Maynard Kolskog, tantalized passersby’s taste buds, with his molecular gastronomy amuse-bouche. Danny Shpeley impressed with his beautiful butterflies and other exciting entomological specimens, while West Edmonton Mall and the Edmonton Valley Zoo entertained library visitors with live animals including penguins, sea cucumbers, tortoises, skinks, armadillos and other curious critters. Various university groups including The Shack, Let’s Talk Science, CHEMSA, TeamUp, AlbertaSAT, AllFactory Learning Lab, DiscoverE, OBS and the UPSA, displayed their work, and engaged students through various means such as making liquid nitrogen ice cream, and running a plant triage. Hexagon Board Game Cafe brought games into the library for a fun board game night and Clive Coy fascinated library visitors with his dinosaur excavation. Events even extended beyond the library with Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s giant map displayed in quad, and brewery tours at Situation Brewing.

We’d like to express a big thank you to all those that came to learn, play and to celebrate all things science!

Thank you to our presenters as well! Your infectious enthusiasm and talent for sharing made this week into a fun and informative celebration of science!


Photos from 2017 Science Literacy Week at UAL


This year's Collaborators:

nserc logo
Wisest Logo
An Afternoon with Chris Hadfield
DiscoverE Logo
Faculty of Science Logo
Science Literacy Week 2016
Science Literacy Week 2016
Let's Talk Science Logo
Royal Geographic Society
Hex Cafe Logo
UofA Logo
THe Shack Logo
Red Frogs Logo
Organization of Botony Studies
TeamUP Science Logo


From September 18 to 22, 2017, University of Alberta Libraries will host a number of presentations, demos, and displays showcasing the diverse scientific research conducted by staff and students all across the University of Alberta. From paleontology and particle physics, to citizen scientists and satellites, the breadth of knowledge and research is amazing! Science Literacy Week gives students and staff the opportunity to get up close and personal with scientific research and learn what goes on behind lab room doors from those who are passionately curiously about their research and work.

So put on your lab coat, find your best beaker, and come check it out. Everyone is welcome!

Department of Physics Astronomical Observatory will be hosting sessions on the following days:

  • Thursday Sept 21 - 12-1pm
  • Thursday Sept 21 - 9-10pm
  • Friday Sept 22 - 8:30-10pm

Sign up for cool coding workshops during with Ladies Learning Code - Check out the link for more!

Volunteer at Science Literacy Week!

Join the Libraries, WISEST, and the Faculty of Science by volunteering for Science Literacy Week (Sept 18th - 22nd), an event that will be taking place nationwide and will be hosted here at the University of Alberta in Cameron Library.

There are many cool events this year including penguins, molecular gastronomy labs, board games, explosive chemistry, free pancakes and ice cream, microbrewery tours and many more! See our website for a fuller list of events. As a volunteer you will get front row seats in exchange for help with the set-up/tear-down of the presentations and demos, plus some cool swag to boast your love of science to the whole community!

We still need more volunteers in order to help make this event a success! Sign up via this form. Contact slw@ualberta.ca if you have any questions.


Please Check Back in August for the 2018 Schedule.

Full list of Events (2017)

Our Partners / Collaborators

Science Literacy Week in Canada

2016