Media advisory - 5th Science Centre World Congress opens at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre



    400 delegates from 51 countries meet to discuss how Science Centres can
    spark social, environmental and educational change

    TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ -

    
    WHAT:   Science centre leaders discuss their role in shaping the future.
            With the theme of Science Centres as Agents of Change - Locally,
            Nationally and Internationally, delegates will talk about how
            science centres can motivate their communities. Topics include
            environmental sustainability, citizen engagement with world
            issues and improving scientific and technological literacy in
            underserved communities and developing countries.

    WHEN:   Monday June 16 to Thursday June 19, 2008

    WHERE:  John Bassett Theatre
            Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building
            - Levels 100 to 200
            255 Front Street West, Toronto
            Media Registration: Room 205D

    WHO:    Monday June 16 at 8:45am

            Opening 5th Science World Congress Ceremony Speakers: The
            Honourable Jim Flaherty, Federal Minister of Finance; the
            Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of Culture and Joe Pantalone,
            Deputy Mayor, City of Toronto will join Ontario Science Centre
            CEO Lesley Lewis to officially open the 5th Science Centre World
            Congress. Premier Dalton McGuinty and the Honourable John
            Wilkinson, Minister of Research and Innovation, both out of town,
            will send greetings to delegates via video.

            Monday June 16 at 9:30am: "Creating the Future"

            Speaker: Jennifer Corriero, co-founder of TakingITGlobal (TIG), a
            not-for-profit organization aimed at fostering cross-cultural
            dialogue, strengthening the capacity of youth as leaders and
            increasing awareness and involvement in global issues through the
            use of technology.

            Tuesday June 17 at 9am: "Social Responsibility and Science
            Centres"

            Speaker: Stephen Lewis, human rights advocate and former UN
            Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa.

            Wednesday June 18 at 9am: "Planet Earth: Living On It, Changing
            It and Sustaining It"

            Speakers: Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Inuit
            leader and Advocate/Activist Arctic Climate Change and Dr.
            Mohamed H. A. Hassan, president of the African Academy of
            Sciences.

            Thursday June 19 at 9am: Frontiers of Science Plenary Session

            Speakers: Frontiers of Science; Dr. Suzanne Fortier, President,
            Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
            (NSERC) and Dr. Pelle Persson of Heureka (Finland).
            The final morning of the Congress will feature some of Canada's
            leading researchers and scientists, selected by NSERC and the
            Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation who will speak to
            delegates about their cutting edge research and what the future
            holds. Following this, a panel of science centre CEOs will speak
            to the challenges faced by science centres and museums in
            responding to current research and bringing it to the public.
    





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Anna Relyea, Associate
Director, Strategic Communications, (416) 696-3273 OR anna.relyea@osc.on.ca;
Christine Crosbie, Media Relations Officer, (416) 696-3191 OR
christine.crosbie@osc.on.ca


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