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  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018 12:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We’ve been excited about the Resources for Future Generations 2018 conference but reading through the Preliminary Program has got us inspired!  

    RFG2018 aims to provide participants with a program that will explore six vital and inter-related themes that are multidisciplinary in nature: the Earth, Energy, Minerals, Water, Resources and Society, and Education and Knowledge. 

    The four-day technical program has 1,500+ authors already committed to the conference, with 50% of the presenters from Canada and the other 50% from all other regions of the world. It’s a truly impressive cohort from a vast array of disciplines.  

    The topics of both keynotes and technical sessions are central to the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. RFG2018 will provide an unprecedented view of the earth and the availability of resources for human sustainability. Expect big picture thinking, dialogue, technical presentations, and social interaction. Established science, innovation, policy, social benefits, and impact will all be part of RFG2018.

    Check out the preliminary program here: http://ow.ly/Ms5w30jCtEd #RFG2018



  • Thursday, April 12, 2018 8:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The new Canada Science and Technology Museum is thrilled to be the first national public institution in Canada to receive the Accessibility Certified Gold rating under the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) program.

    The RHFAC program works to help improve accessibility of the built environment – the places where we live, work, and play – in Canada.  The new museum, which reopened its doors on Nov. 17, 2017 following a complete renewal, integrates accessibility into many aspects of its design.

    In designing the new museum, we focused on making the overall experience as barrier-free as possible, for as many needs as possible. People with disabilities – and the technologies developed for and by them – are featured in exhibitions throughout the museum. Read more


  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018 2:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In 2014, Stephanie Deschenes took a leave from Science North to join the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) as the Executive Director. During her secondment, Stephanie and her staff have increased membership and strengthened CASC’s role nationally. There is no doubt that the Innovation 150 initiative would not have been nearly as successful if not for Stephanie’s dedication to the project and commitment to the members of CASC.

    In the fall of 2017, Stephanie informed the Board of Directors of CASC that she would be returning to Science North at the end of June 2018. While we knew her departure would leave a big gap in our organization, we also recognized that we had an opportunity to build on Stephanie’s good work and make CASC a stronger organization.

    With this knowledge, we immediately began the process of planning for and initiating an extensive national search process for her successor. We were pleased to have received numerous resumes from across the country from very strong candidates. After completing a formal interview process, I am thrilled to announce Dr. Marianne Mader has accepted our offer of employment to be the new Executive Director of CASC.

    Marianne comes to us with a wealth of knowledge, experience and a vast network in the science field that CASC and our Members will certainly benefit from. Currently, Marianne is the Managing Director, Earth & Space and Fossils & Evolution Centres of Discovery at the Royal Ontario Museum. She is also the Co-Founder of STEAMLabs makerspace.

    Marianne has a PhD in Planetary Science and Exploration from the University of Western Ontario, an MSc in Space Studies from the International Space University, an MSc in Earth Sciences from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a BSc in Geology from the University of New Brunswick. Marianne’s professional and volunteer experience includes a wide range of Board and committee appointments, keynote presentations and conference organization.

    If you don’t already know her, those of you attending the CASC Conference in Prince George May 9 - 11 will have the opportunity to meet Marianne and attend a session she is presenting.  She will also participate in board discussions and strategic planning.

    Marianne will officially join CASC on June 4 and will work through a 4-week transition with Stephanie.  As Marianne’s home is in Toronto we have made arrangements for her to maintain an office there while the CASC head office will remain at Science North where Tina Leduc, Office Manager will be located.

    On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Science Centres, I extend our deepest gratitude to Stephanie for her commitment to CASC and welcome Marianne to the association.

    Steve Baker
    President, Board of Directors
    Canadian Association of Science Centres

  • Tuesday, April 03, 2018 2:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    CASC is creating a database with experts from our member organizations.

    Are you a scientist or an expert in delivering informal science engagement? Do you want to share your knowledge with the science centre community? Are you a CASC Member?

    If you answered YES to all three of these questions, take a moment to fill out this form.

    For more information email bohemier@casc-accs.com


  • Tuesday, April 03, 2018 2:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Exploration Place CEO Tracy Calogheros and curator Alyssa Tobin were asked by Canadian historical education agency Canada's History to be guest speakers for their online webinar series entitled Engaging Authentic Indigenous Histories.

    On March 28, they delivered a live speech that talked about how The Exploration Place and the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation were wrapped in a groundbreaking relationship to preserve the area's ancient history and tell the vivid story of the place and people rooted on the spot where their facility was located. Read more.

    Watch the webinar


    Learn more about this groundbreaking relationship - Join us in Prince George, BC May 9-11 for CASC 2018


  • Tuesday, April 03, 2018 2:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Come celebrate neurodiversity !

    In honour of World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, the Ontario Science Centre has partnered with Geneva Centre for Autism and others to offer sensory-friendly events and programming.  Learn more

    To prepare those affected with sensory processing difficulties and  neurodevelopmental disorders for their visit, the Science Centre has created this free social learning tool available for download

    News Release


  • Tuesday, April 03, 2018 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    When the shiny new centre opened its doors last February, on time and within their $20-million budget, centre president Dov Bercovici said his phone started ringing.

    Bercovici said he’s gotten calls from science centres and museums around Canada, the United States, Europe, and the Middle East all asking the same thing: how did you do it? And can you help us do it too? Read more.



  • Tuesday, April 03, 2018 2:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    In early March, elementary school students from Conception Bay South, NL gathered at The Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre for the unveiling of a giant floor map of the province. The map has joined the centres many interactive attractions as a result of an $840,000 donation made on behalf of Hibernia. The financial support will go towards the next four years of programming at the centre.


    Related articles (in English):

    http://vocm.com/news/manuels-interpretation-centre-receives-840k-program-funding/

    http://vocm.com/news/new-floor-map-at-manuels-river-hibernia-interpretation-centre/

  • Monday, April 02, 2018 2:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Alyssa Tobin, curator at The Exploration Place hopes some of the money the federal government has allocated to language revitalization can go to digitizing and translating the tapes.

    "We realized that they were really important, we did play a couple of them with Elders in the room and we all realized that we really wanted to do this work. Funding has been a little bit difficult to find, we have applied for a few different grants and were not successful. We are hoping now that we have signed a MoU, and we are official partners, that maybe together working on these grants we will have more luck," Alyssa Tobin, The Exploration Place.  Read more.


  • Monday, April 02, 2018 2:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The guest speaker at the dinner is Dr. Graham Parker from the School of Medicine at Wayne State University, who is experienced in the fields of stem-cell research and neuroscience.

    Tickets for the dinner are $50 for adults and $35 for children up to age 12. They can be purchased online at eventbrite.com. Tickets for tables of eight sell for $350. Read more


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