TORONTO, June 18 /CNW/ -
WHAT: "Planet Earth: Living On It, Changing It and Sustaining It"
Sheila Watt-Cloutier and Dr. Mohamed H. A. Hassan will challenge
delegates to consider programs to engage the public in discussion
and debate around topics related to the general health of our
planet and how we can better position ourselves as valued
resources on global issues like climate change, infectious
diseases and natural disasters.
WHEN: Wednesday June 18 at 9 am
WHERE: John Bassett Theatre
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building
255 Front Street West, Toronto
Media Registration: Room 205D
WHO: Sheila Watt-Cloutier has made it her life's work to preserve the
environment and advocate for the people of the circumpolar region.
In February 2007, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by
members of the Norwegian parliament, including the former Minister
of the Environment. She is the Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar
Conference (ICC), an organization that represents the interest of
the Inuit peoples of Northern Canada, Greenland, Alaska and
Russia. She was elected president of the ICC in 1995 and reelected
in 1998. In this role, she was successful in persuading states to
sign a global agreement banning the generation and use of
persistent organic pollutants, such as DDT and the PCBs that
contaminate the Arctic Food Chain. She is currently engaged in
climate change initiatives with the aim of persuading states to
reduce their emission of greenhouse gases.
Dr. Mohamed H. A. Hassan is the Executive Director of the Academy
of Sciences for the Developing World, and President of the African
Academy of Sciences. He serves on a number of committees in other
organizations worldwide. He holds a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics from
the University of Oxford, UK and is a former professor and dean of
the School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Khartoum.
His research areas include theoretical plasma physics, physics of
wind erosion and sand transport.
About the 5th World Science Centre Congress
The Ontario Science Centre is hosting the 5th Science Centre World
Congress www.5scwc.org) from June 15 to 19, 2008 at the Metro Toronto
Convention Centre. Themed Science Centres as Agents of Change - Locally,
Nationally and Internationally, this is the first time the congress is being
held in North America. This triennial international event brings together CEOs
and senior decision makers from the world's leading science centres to discuss
issues and opportunities in the field, and the central role science
organizations play in increasing the public's engagement with science.
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