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IGnite: Research Stories to Inspire Generations

Event Details

Public Events

Location: Bioscience Complex, 116 Barrie St, Kingston, K7L 3N6

Date: March 28, 2019

Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm

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Have you ever dreamed about being a marine biologist, aerospace engineer, or particle physicist, or doing other exciting research? Come and be inspired by the stories of discovery from researchers across diverse fields at Queen’s University. Our guests will give a short 20-minute presentation on their area of study and the real contributions they have made and the impact they’ve had on the world.

Ask any Nobel Prize winner “How did you get interested in *blank*?” and they’ll tell you about some event in their teens that sparked a curiosity inside them that never went away. Eventually, that curiosity becomes a question which leads to more questions, on and on until it’s a question that nobody has an answer to; your unique question and your unique research. IGnite hopes to be that spark and hopes that inspiration will spread through your family and our brilliant Kingston community.

Our speakers are selected not only for their accomplishments but also for their ability to give engaging presentations and tell the story of their research to a wide variety of audiences. This makes IGnite accessible to anyone curious enough to attend.

On March 28th, 2019, in the Bioscience Atrium and Auditorium, Dr. Philip Jessop and his student Sarah Ellis from Queen’s Department of Chemistry will discuss their work using carbonated water in the effort to solve environmental problems. Dr. Lee Airton and their student Jacob DesRoches of Queen’s Faculty of Education will discuss their work on the future of gender and how we approach this ever-changing phenomenon. Together, our speakers will tell you about the unanswered questions that set them on their lifelong quest of research. The evening talks begin at 6:30 and are followed by a reception featuring poster presentations, demos and opportunities to connect with the speakers and others who are doing inspiring research at Queen’s.

Doors open at 6:00pm

Click here to see highlights from our last IGnite event on January 31st, 2019.