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Toronto, ON - LGBTQ in STEM

  • The 519 519 Church Street Toronto, Ontario (map)

This July, in celebration of the first international LGBTQ STEM Day, The Story Collider will present five true, personal stories about science from members of the LGBTQ+ community. 

Hosted by Misha Gajewski and guest host Munera Yusuf.

Doors open at 7 pm. Show begins at 7:30 pm. Venue is wheelchair accessible.

Stories by:

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Reared in Northern Ireland, matured in Cambridge, England and recently exported to Toronto, Canada, it's fair to say Carrie Boyce has quite a confused accent... Realizing early on that she was better talking about science than conducting research, Carrie has enjoyed a varied career in science communication and is currently working with the Royal Canadian Institute for Science to facilitate public engagement with STEM.


A.C. grew up in the city of Mysore in India and did an undergraduate degree in Biotechnology from the University of Mysore. He then did a Master's degree and a PhD in cancer research at University College London in the UK, where he studied cancers caused by HPV. Now Ankur is the Guglietti fellow for Tumor Immune Therapy at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, where he studies how to get the immune system to attack cancers better.


Cailin Gallinger is a Master’s student in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Toronto. She studies the geophysical processes of planets in our solar system, from impact craters on the Moon to volcanoes on Mars and beyond, and has performed in several scicomm events in Toronto, including the LGBTQ-themed Science Slam at Glad Day Bookshop and David Hamilton’s Solar System Social. She is currently soliciting submissions for a forthcoming zine, Corona, focusing on queer and trans scientists living and working on the margins, and hopes to continue combining her passions for both science and art in her post-grad life.


Daniel Simpson is an Australian statistician who got his PhD in 2009 and almost immediately left the country. Since then, he has worked in Sweden, Norway, Finland, and the UK. He is currently in the Department of Statistical Sciences at the University of Toronto.


Ive Velikova is a science communicator and YouTuber, passionate about sharing science with the world. Her channel takes science questions and transforms them into quick, quirky, informative videos. As a graduate of McMaster University's psychology, neuroscience, and behaviour program, she is adores exploring the mysteries of the human brain. Her recent research the impact of medical terminology on perception of disease and medical decision-making. She has worked in science engagement, including Science Everywhere, a Toronto-based science entertainment company, and hosts fun science experiments for kids each summer through Mad Science of Toronto. Ive is a big fan of the great outdoors and one day hopes to take her science engagement around the world, from Antarctica to the world's highest peaks.

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