Five reasons to be excited about AAAS in Vancouver February 16-20, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
In only a few shorts days, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will host its Annual Meeting here in Vancouver. Last month, BCIC announced a partnership with TRIUMF, Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics, to bring 200 BC science students to the four days of scientific discovery, discussion and demonstrations from leading scientists and engineers (while also providing them with a year's membership to AAAS).
Following are five reasons to be excited about AAAS coming to town February 16-20, 2012:
1/9 - Share of employed British Columbians who work in a science-related profession.*
8,000 - Number of the world's leading scientific minds expected to be in attendance at the prestigious international conference.
1.5551 x 1020 - Approximate number of solar electron neutrinos that will pass through the participants during the five day event.*
FREE - Family Science Days take place February 18-19 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This free event is open to all and features a community science showcase with hands-on demos and kid-friendly activities, while spotlighting a broad range of scientific activity happening right here in BC.
1981 - The last time AAAS has been held outside the United States. In 1981, the AAAS Annual Meeting convened in Toronto. This year marks its first meeting in Vancouver.
*Facts taken from BC Business Magazine, February 2012