Past Events & Exhibits at Gerstein

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    Feb 2018:

    Blind Date with a Book

    Feb 9-28, 2018

    book display

    Don't judge a book by its cover! 

    During the month of February, we invite you to come and borrow a book from our special Valentine's Day-inspired book display - without ever seeing the front cover.  Find your potential literary match and bring home one of our 'blind date' books - will it be true romance, adventure...or pure horror :O ?

    Where: The Gerstein Book Stop (lobby)

    When: Feb 9-28 (during opening hours)

    Dec 2017-Jan 2018:

    "And There's the Humor of it": Shakespeare & the Four Humors

    Dec 18-Jan 27


    We are pleased to host "And There's the Humor of it": Shakespeare & the Four Humors, a six-panel travelling exhibition from the National Library of Medicine (United States).

    Where: Lobby

    When: during opening hours

    William Shakespeare (1564–1616) created characters that are among the richest and most humanly recognizable in all of literature. Yet Shakespeare understood human personality in the terms available to his age—that of the now-discarded theory of the four bodily humours—blood, bile, melancholy, and phlegm.

    These four humors were thought to define peoples’ physical and mental health, and determined their personalities, as well. “And There’s the Humor of It”: Shakespeare and the Four Humors explores the language of the four humours that bred the core passions of anger, grief, hope, and fear—the emotions conveyed so powerfully in Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies.

    Other highlights include:

    • View displays featuring gorgeous period costumes,stage props, and illustrations from selected plays
    • Browse our book display on the exhibition's featured plays: Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, and The Merchant of Venice
    • Snap a selfie at our photo booth with Skully, our resident skeleton
    • Challenge your wits on our scavenger hunt (starts Jan 2018)

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

    With special thanks to the Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies (University of Toronto) for their partnership and creative support (additional displays curated by Liuqingqing Yang).

    With selected images reproduced from the collections of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.


      Nov-Dec 2017

      Nov 21-Dec 19, 2017  

      Bella, the St. John Ambulance therapy dog, is back to help you relax, take a break and relieve a bit of stress!

      Sept 2017:

      Sept 14, 2017

      The 3 Research R's: Review. Report. Reproduce.




      Tired of poorly reported and non-reproducible research? What roles does uncertainty play in research?

      Learn about the issues that can lead to this growing problem of research waste in the scientific world, and what steps you can take to improve your own reporting practices. 


      Matthew Page is a Research Fellow based at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Australia whose main focus is on meta-research; that is, he performs research on ways to improve the value of biomedical research.

      Title of presentation: Reproducible research practices in systematic reviews of biomedical research: how can they improve?

      David Bailey is a professor in the Department of Physics, at the University of Toronto whose current research and teaching focuses on experimental uncertainty and why measurements are sometimes wrong.

      Title of presentation: Physics is easy, medicine is hard, everything is complex.


      Patricia Ayala is the Research Services Librarian at the Gerstein Science Information Centre, University of Toronto whose research interest is on knowledge syntheses and reducing research waste.

      Title of presentation: More than expert searchers: How librarians are positioned to improve quality and reduce research waste in knowledge syntheses studies.



      Alice Moulton Room, 2nd floor

      Doors open at 4:45pm. Light refreshments will be served..

      Space is limited.

      Register here: 

      Questions? Email



      September 18-24, 2017  


      Science Literacy Week, an annual nationwide festival celebrating science, takes place at participating U of T Libraries from Sept 18-24, 2017. 

      All events can be viewed here:

      See below for calendar of events 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