Media Advisory - Canada's leading scientists reveal cutting edge research at the 5th Science Centre World Congress

    TORONTO, June 19 /CNW/ -

    WHAT:     "Frontiers of Science" Plenary Session
              Lead Sponsor: Ministry of Research and Innovation
              Plenary Sponsor: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
              Council of Canada (NSERC)

              The final morning of the Congress will feature a two-part
              plenary session. Some of Canada's leading researchers and
              scientists, selected by NSERC and the Ontario Ministry of
              Research and Innovation, will speak to delegates about their
              cutting edge research and what the future holds. It will be
              introduced by. Dr. Suzanne Fortier, President, NSERC.

              In the second session, Dr. Pelle Persson of Heureka (Finland)
              will convene a panel of science centre CEOs to speak to the
              challenges faced by science centres and museums in responding
              to current research and bringing it to the public.

              (*) Dr. Suzanne Fortier, President NSERC and the "Frontiers of
              Science" speakers will be available for media interviews
              immediately following their presentations

    WHEN:     Thursday June 19

              Plenary Session Part 1: 9:00 am - 10:30 a.m.
              Plenary Session Part 2: 11:00 a.m. - noon

    WHERE:    John Bassett Theatre
              Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building
              255 Front Street West, Toronto
              Media Registration: Room 205D

    WHO:      Frontiers of Science plenary speakers include:
               - Dr. Jaymie Matthews, Associate Professor, Department of
                 Physics and Astronomy, University of British Columbia
               - Dr. Nikolaus Troje, Professor, Canada Research Chair,
                 Department of Psychology and School of Computing, Queen's
               - Dr. Warwick Vincent, Professor, Canada Research Chair,
                 Department of Biology, Université Laval, and member of the
                 Centre d'études nordiques, Université Laval
               - Dr. Mary Anne White, University Research Professor,
                 Department of Chemistry, and Director of the Institute for
                 Research in Materials, Dalhousie University

    About the 5th World Science Centre Congress
    The Ontario Science Centre is hosting the 5th Science Centre World
Congress 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; Christine Crosbie, Media Relations
Officer, Day of event cell: (416) 895-5482, (416) 585-3517, OR

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