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IGnite: Research Stories to Inspire Generations – Dark Matter Day Edition

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Location: Stirling Hall Auditorium C, 64 Bader Lane, K7L 3N6

Date: October 16, 2019

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

IGnite Inspiring Generations through Research

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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 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 October 16th, 2019, in Stirling Hall’s Auditorium C, Professor Lawrence Widrow, his former student Dr. Nathan Deg, and researcher Dr. Sarah Schon from Queen’s Physics Department will discuss their work looking at the stars, gas, and dark matter of galaxies, and the amazing technologies that allow to study these cosmic scales. The evening talks are from 7:00 – 8:00 pm and are followed by a reception featuring light snacks, observatory and visitor centre tours, research demos, opportunities to connect with the speakers and others who are doing inspiring research at Queen’s.

Doors open at 6:30pm

Free registration here (note tickets do not secure your seat; please arrive early as we will be issuing more tickets than capacity).

Students representing the Queen's Space Engineering Team speak to people while standing in front of signs with information about the club.

The Queen's Space Engineering Team show the Queen's Mars Rover

Two people look at an object in Connor's hand. In the foreground, a telescope is visible.

Connor Stone from the Queen's Observatory shows one of the portable telescopes.

People stand around a booth with various pieces of equipment and the McDonald Institute cloud chamber. There is a research poster on the wall.
A family looks at a shiny blue sphere while smiling.