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Research in Science Exhibition (RISE) GTA 2017

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Bahen Centre for Information Technology

University of Toronto

Saint George Street

Toronto, ON M5S 2E4

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About RISE

The Research in Science Exhibition (RISE) is a series of events run nationally run by the Foundation for Student Science and Technology (FSST). Coordinated by the Greater Toronto Area Ambassador Team, RISE GTA 2017 will be held on June 10th, 2017 at the Bahen Centre for Information Technology.

Offering a holistic approach, RISE differentiates itself from other science-oriented conferences through the emphasis on all four components of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The purpose of this one day event is to educate, motivate, and empower a world of global changemakers and scientists who will have the skills, connections, and launch pad to succeed in future endeavors. With a selection of interactive lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and networking opportunities, RISE facilitates both professional and personal interaction between youth and established scientists. In doing so, it focuses on the research aspect of scientific pursuit, inspiring a motivated, scientifically literate, and well-equipped generation of future researchers.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the GTA team at gta@fsst.ca


Agenda (tentative)

9:00-9:20 Registration
9:20-9:45 Introduction
9:45-10:15 Co-op Research Panel
10:15-11:15 COBWEB at University of Toronto
11:15-12:00 Dr. Paul Nathan
12:00-1:30 Lunch Time with Opportunity Booths (Lunch will be provided)
1:30-2:15 Dr. Zhong-Ping Feng
2:15-3:15 RISE Workshop
3:15-3:45 Science Trivia
3:45-4:30 Speaker #3 [TBD]
4:30-5:00 Closing Ceremony


Conference Theme

The theme for RISE GTA 2017 is “Global Research: Worldwide Endeavour”. Through this, we aim to promote dialogue and thinking about three major questions:

To what extent has the global nature of science research facilitated progress?

The globalisation of research and the interconnectivity of scientific knowledge has brought maturity to fields that were previously underdeveloped. Advances in bioinformatics, computational chemistry, and epidemiology are among the many that have blossomed through the ease of data connection. In our near-universally connected 21st century, we ought to take a step back and ask: how has the globalisation of scientific endeavour made a change on the speed and impact of modern research?

How has global science shaped the landscape of our society?

There has always been a historical divide between the pure and the applied sciences. While we are constantly updated on the status of scientific inquiry, we are often oblivious to its effect on us, the people. Health, economic, and social policies are continuously revised under the radar by private and public research organizations in the interest of improving quality of life. We are especially oblivious of the efforts (and perhaps non-efforts) of global science in places distant from us, with living conditions different from our own. How has research enabled shifts in the life and culture of citizens around the world? And if it has not, how ought it proceed?

What does it mean to be a global researcher?

As inspiring researchers who will inevitably participate in this global landscape, the next age of scientific discovery rests upon our figurative shoulders. While those who will pursue professional paths often swear oaths and pledge to certain values, the majority of researchers who pursue careers will be fully focused in their work, specifically relevant to their field. In light of this, we give some time to the questions: what are our responsibilities as global researchers, participating in the large scale movement of science? How is it that we should fulfill these responsibilities?

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