Media advisory - Arctic and African Climate Change experts discuss the devastating impact of global warming on opposite ends of the Earth at 5th Science Centre World Congress



    TORONTO, June 18 /CNW/ -

    
    WHAT:  "Planet Earth: Living On It, Changing It and Sustaining It"

           Keynote Address:
           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
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    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.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Anna Relyea, Associate
Director, Strategic Communications, Day of event cell: (416) 668-1967, (416)
585-3517, OR anna.relyea@osc.on.ca; Christine Crosbie, Media Relations
Officer, Day of event cell: (416) 895-5482, (416) 585-3517, OR
christine.crosbie@osc.on.ca


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