BCIC partners with TRIUMF to bring 200 BC science students to the AAAS Annual Meeting
Thursday, January 19, 2012
This morning in sub-zero temperatures, a press conference was held at the Vancouver Aquarium to generate buzz about the significance of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting and international conference coming to Vancouver in just one month and the role Canadian scientists will play.
The conference, taking place February 16-20, 2012, will bring 8,000 of the world's brightest scientific minds from more than 60 countries to our province and provides an incredible opportunity to showcase Canadian leadership in science. "What the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games did for athletes, the AAAS annual conference will do for scientists, athletes of the mind," said Tim Meyer, Head, Strategic Planning and Communications, TRIUMF and 2011 Business in Vancouver Top 40 Under 40.
The theme for this year's meeting is ‘Flattening the World: Building a Global Knowledge Society'. The series of symposia, seminars, workshops and poster sessions will delve into the increasing mix of science and society.
Annually, the AAAS Annual Meeting provides a powerful platform for collaboration and communication amongst all in attendance, including scientists, policymakers, international media and the public - and BCIC is making it possible for 200 lucky young scientists to attend. Through a $19,000 investment, BCIC has partnered with TRIUMF, Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics, to allocate 200 tickets to BC high school and university students in science, engineering and business. With that comes a year's membership to AAAS. The students will have the opportunity to soak in the four days of scientific discovery, discussion and demonstration while hearing from leading scientists and engineers.
Members of the public are invited to visit Family Science Days, a community science showcase featuring hands-on demonstrations and other family and kid oriented activities while shining the spotlight on researchers and science educators who are instrumental in promoting interest in science and technology.
All Family Science Days events are free to the public and will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 18-19, 2012 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
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