To explore the theme of Life in the Universe, the Toronto Science Festival brings together scientists from around North America, and from an array of disciplines including: evolutionary biology, planetary science, oceanography, paleontology, geochemistry, astronomy, anthropology, earth sciences, exobiology and more.
Jim Bell was instrumental in developing cameras and processing images from the three robotic Mars rovers—Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity. In his TSF talk, “Postcards from Mars”, he’ll take you on a tour of the Red Planet as seen through the rovers’ eyes. He was recently interviewed in UofT News.
Sean B. Carroll is an evolutionary biologist, author, educator, and a passionate advocate for science education. His TSF talk, “Brave Genius”, is a story about evolution, human origins, chance, the French Resistance, friendship and creative genius. He was recently interviewed in UofT News.
Julie Payette is a Canadian astronaut and COO of the Montreal Science Centre—and one of the handful of humans whose perspective on life on Earth is from orbit. In her TSF talk, “Human Exploration of Space”, she talks about our efforts to travel beyond our home planet. She was recently interviewed in UofT News.
- Spencer Barrett, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, U of T
- John Baross, School of Oceanography, University of Washington
- Kathryn Denning, Department of Anthropology, York University
- David Evans, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, U of T & ROM
- Cassandra Extavour, Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
- Kevin Hand, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA
- Michael Reid, Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, U of T
- Barbara Sherwood Lollar, Department of Earth Sciences, U of T
- Jill Tarter, former-director, Center for SETI Research, SETI Institute
- Peter Watts, Hugo-award-winning science fiction author
- Shelley Wright, Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, U of T
- Stephen Wright, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, U of T