Decentralized Science (DeSci) Toronto Meetup

Thursday, February 2, 2023 - 18:30 to 20:30
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St, Room 654
Community members: 

How might we open knowledge production to new players and ideas, fairer and freer forms of ownership and access? In this Feb 2023 inaugural Toronto gathering, we discuss the emerging movement of DeSci — decentralized science. 

Decentralized Science (DeSci) lies at the intersection of shifts in knowledge sharing, and Web3 ideas for disintermediating ownership and value away from industry gatekeepers.* These meetups are intended to be multi-disciplinary, encouraging discussions from all disciplines and walks of life.

This meetup will include an introduction to DeSci and some current projects in the space. We'll end the event with a workshop aimed to define an initial shared purpose for the continuation of these meetups and discuss the critical questions.

Meetup Agenda:

6:30 — Welcome and Introductions

6:45 — Introduction to DeSci

7:00 — DeSci Projects: Get to know VitaDAO + Q&A

7:30 — DeSci Projects: Get to know AthenaDAO + Q&A

8:00 — Shared Purpose Workshop + Wrap up

Guest Speakers

VitaDAO — A DAO collective for community-governed and decentralized drug development. Their core mission is the acceleration of research and development (R&D) in the longevity space and the extension of human life and healthspan.

AthenaDAO — A DeSci collective funding research in women’s health research and drug discovery. AthenaDAO brings researchers, women’s communities, and funders together in a collaborative way to support such underfunded areas of research. They are backed by companies like and MoleculeDAO and aim to overcome some of the barriers in women’s health research.


Tania De Gasperis and Vesta Korniakova — Web3.0 enthusiasts and researchers in strategic foresight and innovation and in synthetic biology. Inspired by the current DeSci movement worldwide, they are eager to help foster a local meetup for DeSci here in Toronto.

Greg Van Alstyne, Director, Strategic Innovation Lab — Greg is a designer, educator, and co-founder of sLab at OCAD University in Toronto. His reflective practice investigates designing with emergence, inclusive innovation, speculative design, social data literacy, and critical visualization.

* Introduction to DeSci in

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