MONTREAL, April 29 / CNW Telbec / - The 6th edition of the 24 hours of science. This great science festival, now recognized by UNESCO, will take place across Quebec from Friday May 6 at noon to Saturday May 7 at the same time. More than 240 activities of all kinds and all sciences will be presented in more than 55 cities, in the 17 regions of Quebec.
Whether you want to observe bats at dusk aboard a rabaska canoe on the Milles-Îles River, learn to recognize traces of wild animals with scientists, discover 21st century techniques for observing the interior the human body at the St-Mary's Hospital Center, understand how it works and see a real brain at the Montreal Neurological Hospital, observe the planets and stars at the Île-de-la-Visitation nature park with amateur astronomers, There is something for every taste! Something to occupy 15 minutes or all day. Most of the activities are free and open to everyone. The full program is available on the event website: www.science24heures.com.
Anne Charpentier, director of the Montreal Insectarium and spokesperson for the event, maintains that “ The 24 heures de science is an event that allows all organizations that have a link with science and technology to be the spokespersons of their discipline and to offer the public, for a day, activities that show that science is everywhere. "
The program for the greater Montreal area was announced at the University of Montreal, which will present two activities: the Chemistry Marathon and a conference on Marie Curie, which will highlight the International Year of Chemistry. “The promotion of science is one of the fundamental missions of the University of Montreal. Making it accessible to as many people as possible is one of our priorities. This is why we are very pleased to welcome the 24 heures de science team to our campus today. I would also like to underline the tremendous involvement of Professor Andreea Schmitzer who worked so hard to organize the Chemistry Marathon. They are dedicated mentors like her who transmit and perpetuate the passion for science to young people, ”underlined Gérard Boismenu, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at UdeM.
More than forty activities are planned in the regions of Montreal and Laval. Everyone, young and old, familiar or not with the sciences, will find something for them. Last year, more than 16,000 people attended the event across the province.
The event 24 hours of science is an initiative of Science pour tous, a non-profit organization bringing together 250 organizations and working in scientific and technical culture (CST). The organization aims to have CST recognized and promoted in our society. Science for all and the 24 hours of science are officially recognized and supported by UNESCO.
Our 24 hours of science is made possible thanks to the support of the Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export (MDEIE), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Order of Engineers of Quebec.
For more information about the Chemistry Marathon: http://www.nouvelles.umontreal.ca/campus/activites-speciales-et-invites/20110429-24-heures-de-chimie-a-ludem.html