TVO and Perimeter Institute partner to bring science to the world

    -  Ontario educational network will be Presenting Media Partner for
       Perimeter Institute's Quantum to Cosmos Festival

    TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ - At today's launch event for Perimeter
Institute's Quantum to Cosmos: Ideas for the Future Festival, which runs in
Waterloo, Ontario from October 15 to 25, TVO announced its commitment as
Presenting Media Partner for the Festival.
    "As partners, Canada's Perimeter Institute and TVO have an incredible
opportunity on two fronts," said TVO's Chief Executive Officer Lisa de Wilde,
"One, to put Ontario on the international stage as a centre for innovative
ideas. And two, to help engage a global audience in discussions that impact us
    TVO will provide its cameras, crews, talent, and TV and web production
capacity to cover the Festival extensively for broadcast as well as for live
streaming on and
    "With the magic of digital media technology, together we can enable
people everywhere to interconnect, to interact and to build community around
issues and ideas," added de Wilde. "In short, we can bring science to the

    Highlights of the partnership are as follows:

    -  As a part of the Festival program, The Agenda with Steve Paikin will
       broadcast live for five nights (October 19 through 23) from the atrium
       at Perimeter Institute. World-renowned program guests will debate some
       of the most provocative scientific questions of our time.

    -  TVO's lecture series Big Ideas will have exclusive access to all the
       special lectures and panels taking place throughout the Q2C Festival
       in the Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas. TVO's goal is to bring those
       discussions to audiences near and far, whether on TV or by podcast.

    -  Each day of the festival, TVO producers and journalists will attend
       the events and bring people into the conversation through live and
       interactive blogging.

    -  The TVOKids team will be on site to cover the school program and
       introduce kids to some of the fascinating people and concepts at the
       Festival. TVOKids is THE fun and safe choice for inspiring young minds
       and building literacy skills, including science.

    "We're delighted about this partnership because it means creating new and
different opportunities to make people think, to share knowledge and to
inspire," added de Wilde, "and that's what TVO is all about."
    Perimeter Institute Director, Neil Turok, enthusiastically welcomes the
partnership with TVO and adds, "Ideas developed in the pursuit of pure
knowledge have time and again driven fundamental innovation. Just one major
discovery is literally capable of changing the world. The Festival's three
interconnected themes of Quantum, Cosmos and Ideas for the Future will
celebrate human ingenuity and our continued ability to make the scientific
breakthroughs we need to drive tomorrow's technologies."

    About TVO

    TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be
engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. For more information,

    Where to find TVO

    Cable channel 2 (channel may vary in some areas), Bell TV channel 265,
Star Choice channel 353. For more information, visit

    About Perimeter Institute

    Canada's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is an independent,
non-profit, scientific research and educational outreach organization where
international scientists cluster to push the limits of our understanding of
physical laws and develop new ideas about the very essence of space, time,
matter and information. The centre provides a multi-disciplinary environment
to foster scientific collaboration in the research areas of cosmology,
particle physics, quantum foundations, quantum gravity, quantum information,
superstring theory, and related disciplines.
    PI also provides a wide array of award winning outreach resources and
public lectures for students, teachers and the general public to share the joy
of research, discovery and innovation. In partnership with the Governments of
Ontario and Canada, PI continues to be a successful example of private and
public collaboration in science research and education. Full details at

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: TVO: Jill Javet, Tel: (416)
484-2630, Mobile: (416) 230-6869,; Perimeter Institute: Angela

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