MONTREAL, June 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Inspired by the huge New York and
Cambridge science festivals, the first edition of the EUREKA! Science Here,
There and Everywhere Festival! was a TREMENDOUS SUCCESS with Montrealers. Over
40 000 visitors turned out all weekend long for the EUREKA! Festival, taking
part in over 80 free hands-on science and technology-oriented activities next
to the River. The organizers hope to bring the EUREKA! Festival back next year
as one of the key events on the site.
The Conférence régionale des élus (CRE) de Montréal is delighted with the
success of the first Eureka! festival. "This amazing new window on Montreal
science, innovation and creativity, Eureka!, has made it possible for
thousands of Montrealers to discover the breadth and passion of our scientific
community", declared Mr. Claude Dauphin, president of the CRE de Montréal.
"The enthusiasm generated in the last few days will serve to inspire us for
the second annual festival. The event will be further developed to better
reflect the rich diversity of research, science and innovation in our region."
Yesterday evening, hundreds of visitors enjoyed the "Mission under the
stars" show put on by mission leader Jean Lemire and Canadian astronaut Steve
MacLean, and the huge laser show that topped off the evening.
Among others, the Lampsilis and Sedna IV research ships and S.O.N.I.A.,
the underwater robot, ambulance paramedics, a bomb-disposal robot, explosives
technicians, police officers, "spidermen" from the Montréal fire department
and enthusiastic scientific researchers were all a huge hit with visitors and
contributed greatly to this success.
The Montréal Science Centre and the Conférence régionale des
élus de Montréal
The EUREKA! Science Here, There and Everywhere Festival is an initiative
of the Montréal, city of learning, knowledge and innovation committee of the
Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal (CRE). Its objective is to develop
projects that will bring the community together around efforts to communicate
and share scientific knowledge and encourage people to make science,
technology and innovation part of their lives, particularly in the Montréal
region. The Festival has been made possible thanks to the agreement on public
promotion of science and innovation in Montréal, between the CRE de Montréal
and the Quebec departments of Economic Development, Innovation and Export and
of Municipal Affairs and Regions.
The Montréal Science Centre opened on May 1, 2000, and is now one of
Canada's major cultural institutions. Its innovative features and the quality
of its infrastructures earned it an award as the tourist attraction of the
year in Quebec in 2001 as part of the Grands Prix du tourisme québécois. The
Centre also won the Award of Excellence from the Société des musées québécois
in 2005 and 2006 for its Autopsy of a Murder and X-treme Rotation exhibitions.
Since it opened, over 2 million visitors have enjoyed its high-quality
activities and educational programs, all designed to interest young people in
careers in science and technology.
The Montréal Science Centre thanks its presenting partners TELUS, Pfizer
For further information:
For further information: Evelyn Dubois, cell: (514) 770-3983; Huguette
Marcotte Communications, (514) 951-0288; Source: Catherine Giroux, Media
Relations Co-ordinator, Old Port of Montréal Corporation; Yvan Thériault,
Director, Communications, Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal