Connecting communities with science

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Connecting communities with science

Queen’s hosts the 12th annual Science Rendezvous Kingston on May 11.

By Justine Pineau, Coordinator Strategic Initiatives

May 1, 2024


Science Rendezvous Kingston

Science Rendezvous Kingston 2023.

Every year, the Queen’s research community collaborates to offer Kingston residents a day filled with interactive and family-friendly science activities. During this annual event, thousands of attendees are provided with firsthand opportunities to interact with scientists, ask questions, conduct experiments, and participate in demonstrations. All activities are offered free of charge, ensuring access to quality exhibits for all families and visitors. Last year alone, the event welcomed over 5,300 attendees from across Southeastern Ontario and engaged more than 430 volunteers.

This year’s Science Rendezvous Kingston will boast a record 59 booths, featuring researchers from the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute, the Carbon to Metal Coating Institute, the Ingenuity Labs Research Institute, and the Beaty Water Research Centre. 

In celebration of this year’s theme, INNOVATE, Queen’s Archives will guide visitors through historical moments of innovation and invention at Queen’s University and in the City of Kingston, showcasing artifacts, photographs, and documents. Additionally, the Open Plastic Consortium will demonstrate innovative solutions to the world’s plastic waste crisis, featuring mealworms consuming plastic and bacteria aiding in waste reduction efforts. Visitors will also be able to engage in hands-on activities covering topics such as wildlife conservation, robotics, and climate change, including an electric vehicle designed by Queen’s students, showcased outside on The Tragically Hip Way.

Science Rendezvous Kingston

Queen’s researchers and community partners will showcase their science and outreach activities at the family-oriented event on May 11.


Saturday, May 11, 2024
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
The event is free and open to the public.


Slush Puppie Place
1 The Tragically Hip Way, Kingston, ON K7K 0B4

Sensory Friendly Zone

For the second consecutive year, Science Rendezvous Kingston will offer a Sensory Friendly Science Zone, specifically designed for children and families seeking a quieter environment away from crowds and loud noises.

While admission to this zone is also free, tickets are required and are available at the Slush Puppie Place box office.

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