Twenty-five hundred Earth and space scientists coming to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre



    TORONTO, May 21 /CNW/ - About 2,500 scientists will descend upon Toronto
from May 24-27, to present the latest research findings in the Earth and space
sciences at the 2009 Joint Assembly. The meeting, to be held at the Metro
Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) will cover a wide range of scientific fields,
from global environmental change, volcanology, and earthquake science, to
ocean sciences and the latest research about our Sun and solar system.
    The 2009 Joint Assembly represents an extraordinary collaboration between
scientists from the U.S. and Canada, as well as those from many other nations.
The meeting is sponsored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) - the world's
largest organization of Earth and space scientists - and seven other Canadian
and international scientific societies: the Canadian Geophysical Union,
Geological Association of Canada, International Association of
Hydrogeologists, Mineralogical Association of Canada, Society of Exploration
Geophysicists, Mineralogical Society of America and Geochemical Society.
    "AGU has made it a priority to meet in Canada so that we can foster
closer ties with our colleagues to the north. I expect this to be a fabulous
meeting, and I look forward to the emphasis it will place, in particular, on
the outstanding contributions of Canadian researchers in the Earth and space
sciences," said AGU President Timothy L. Grove, who is Professor of Geology at
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.
    It's estimated that conference attendees will spend approximately $6
million during their visit to the city, while enriching knowledge within the
Earth and space science community. The scientists will explore many topics
both fascinating and important to society, including recent drilling beneath
the ocean floor, groundwater pathogens, expanding knowledge of Earth's poles,
wildfires, space climate and uranium contamination from waste disposal and
mining operations.
    "Toronto is the perfect location to assemble this large group of leading
geophysical scientists," said Barry Smith, President & CEO of the MTCC.
"Besides all the amenities for a productive meeting and enjoyable visit, we
provide close access to fascinating geological sites such as the Paris and
Galt moraines and the Niagara Peninsula."

    About the MTCC

    The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Canada's No. 1 convention and
trade show facility. Since its opening in 1984, the MTCC has hosted
approximately 12,000 events and entertained nearly 40 million guests. For
further information, please visit www.mtccc.com.





For further information:

For further information: Christine Chiu, Metro Toronto Convention
Centre, (416) 585-8106, cchiu@mtccc.com


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