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
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
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.
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