Welcome to the Curiosity Shop

What are you curious about? We want to know!

The Research Matters Curiosity Shop is a way for anyone to ask questions of the tens of thousands of expert researchers from Ontario’s 21 universities. Share your question here, or check the calendar to see if our pop-up Curiosity Shop is coming to a city near you any time soon. Anything goes: science, art, business, self-help, spirituality, romance. If you’re curious about something, we want to hear about it.

Stories from the Curiosity Shop


Curiosity Cruiser visits Orangeville

June 12, 2014

We were looking forward to tapping our feet to some great music over the weekend as the Curiosity Cruiser drove up Highway 10 and entered Orangeville. Read more »

Curiosity Cruiser’s First Stop: The Hamilton Farmers’ Market

June 4, 2014

Food, flowers, and fun; we found all three yesterday at the Hamilton Farmers' Market! We at the Curiosity Cruiser brought some of that fun ourselves as we unveiled the pop-up tent and curious objects on the road for the first time.  Read more »
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The Curious Crew: A Summer on the Road with Research Matters

June 21, 2014

What are the questions that drive and compel you? What do you debate in the car or talk about at the kitchen table? Research Matters wants to know!   Simon, Badri, and I are travelling to different events all summer in the Curiosity Cruiser  — our name for the van you see in the picture above. It's a pop-up version of the Curiosity Shop that has been travelling around the province since February. Read more »
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Upcoming Events

U of Guelph: Why Research Matters – Panel Discussion

March 31, 2015 - March 31, 2015

Plants for food in space, the 3-D printing revolution and a 20-year family health community research program will be featured as part of a “Why Research Matters” panel discussion at the Guelph Civic Museum on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.The event, sponsored by the Office of Research, is meant to engage the public in understanding the value of research. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the program getting underway at 7:00 p.m. Free admission. Limited seating. Date:Tuesday, March 31, 2015 06:30 p.m. Location: Guelph Civic Museum - 52 Norfolk St., Guelph Event Poster - Why Research Matters View event »

Research Chairs Symposium

April 01, 2015 - April 02, 2015

The Research Chairs Symposium, which will be held on April 1 and 2 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, will showcase the important contributions that Ontario researchers make to issues affecting the prosperity and well-being of Ontarians. Specifically, Research Chairs will be featured in panel discussions highlighting the value of Ontario university research in areas related to the economy, health, renewable energy, ethics, and education. In addition, the Research Chairs Symposium will offer an opportunity for chair holders and their graduate students/postdoctoral fellows to share their research, ideas, and knowledge with each other, as well as with others from government, industry, and the community sectors. To view an agenda for the symposium, please click here. To register for this free event, please click here View event »

Wilfrid Laurier University: Addressing Global Health Challenges

April 01, 2015 - April 01, 2015

As part of Ontario research week, Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of Health Sciences and the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) will host a 2030+ Group talk April 1 in the CIGI Campus Auditorium at 7 p.m. The Global Health Challenges panel and discussion will highlight recent research from the 2030+ Group. (more…) View event »

Brock University – Developing the Young Athlete: Families, Trainers, Clubs, Communities

April 02, 2015 - April 02, 2015

Four Brock University researchers examine the roles that families, trainers, clubs and communities play in supporting young athletes. Topics include: the impact of sports training on growth and health; family relationships; innovative sports programs by clubs and communities. Where: Mills Room, St. Catharines Public Library, 54 Church Street When: Thursday, April 2, 7:30 - 9 p.m. Panelists: Bareket Falk, Kinesiology professor and pediatric exercise physiologist Dawn Trussell, Recreation and Leisure Studies assistant professor Nota Klentrou, Kinesiology professor and associate dean, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Paul Jurbala, PhD candidate and senior associate with the Canadian Sport for Life Leadership Team Julie Stevens, Sport Management associate professor and director of the Centre for Sport Capacity Moderated by Julie Stevens, Sport Management associate professor and director of the Centre for Sport Capacity Brock U Event Poster April 2 View event »

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