Past Events & Exhibits at Gerstein


    June 5-July 16, 2017

    Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature 

    Where: Lobby, Gerstein Science Information Centre

    Visit this exhibit to learn more about the scientific origins of the mythical modern monster, and also check out our special book display, historical scientific instruments from UTSIC, and fun photo wall!

    About the exhibition:

    On a dark and stormy night in 1816, Mary Shelley began writing a story that posed profound questions about individual and societal responsibility for other people.

    To make her point, the young novelist used the scientific advances of her era and the controversies surrounding them as a metaphor for issues of unchecked power and self-serving ambition, and their effect on the human community.

    Since that time, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus has become one of the Western world’s most enduring myths. The story provides a framework for discussions of medical advances that challenge our traditional understanding of what it means to be human.

    The six-banner traveling exhibition explores the Birth of Frankenstein, the life of author Mary Shelley, the scientific search for the principle of life, and the transformation of the “monster” in popular culture.

    This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.


    April 6-May 15, 2017

    The Cabinet Project

    The Cabinet Project is a distributed exhibition bringing to life historical, anecdotal and imagined stories evoked by scientific objects, their surrounding spaces and the individuals inhabiting them. The goal is to make the intense creativity existing inside science laboratories visible, and to suggest potential interactions between the sciences and the arts. To achieve this goal, 12 artists have turned 10 cabinets across the University of Toronto into art installations. Curated by Roberta Buiani, ArtSci Salon.

    Ongoing installations featured at the Gerstein Library:

    Joel Ong & Mick Lorusso's MICROBIAL WITNESS/ATLAS

    Location: 1st floor, by entrance | Viewing times: during opening hours

    Microcollection's Cabinet de Regard: The Visitors

    Location: 1st floor, by staircase (follow the red carpet)

    Viewing times: till April 28th - Mon-Fri. 11:30am-1:30pm  |  (or by appointment - contact


    Opening reception & Tour (Thursday, April 6) -  at Fields Institute

    Artists' Panel - Sensing the Microbial (Monday, April 10) - at the Gerstein Library

    March-April 2017

    Bella the Therapy Dog visits

    March 28, 2017

    Careers in Science Communication

    Feb 8, 2017

    Communicating Science: Women in STEM


    September 19-25, 2016

    Science Literacy Week 2016