Through the generous support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) is coordinating a nation-wide series of Café Scientifiques that will connect the public with Arctic science researchers in meaningful discussion and learning.
Café Scientifiques are public engagement events that take place in an informal setting like a science centre, pub or restaurant. In these friendly settings, the public, scientists, and other researchers come together to share their perspectives on an important question that faces society today. The Science in Canada’s North Café Scientifique Series focuses on questions that face Canada’s North and involves researchers working on science in Canada’s North. A peer-reviewed competitive funding process allows science centres to apply for project funding to execute these events. The Science in Canada’s North Café Scientifique Series is expected to attract hundreds of Canadians to explore important issues facing Canada’s North.
You can download the report on the first year of the program here. (PDF)
The objectives of Science in Canada’s North Café Scientifique Series are to:
A Café Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a pint of beer, anyone can join discussions that explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place in cafes, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context. You can find a list of Canadian Café Scientifiques at http://www.cafescientifique.ca/ . You can find out more about the Café Scientifique model and Cafés around the world at http://www.cafescientifique.org/
Eligible organizations must be:
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is a private Canadian family foundation, established in the 1950’s by Willard Garfield Weston and his wife Reta. In 1924 Garfield inherited his father’s company and during his life established bakeries and other successful enterprises throughout Canada and in many parts of the world. Today, these businesses include the George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited, companies in food retailing, processing and distribution. The founders believed that as the funds are generated through the hard work and success of these Canadian companies, grants should be given in Canada for the benefit of Canadians. For three generations, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has maintained a family tradition of supporting charitable organizations across Canada. Today the Foundation directs the majority of its funds to projects in the fields of land conservation, education, and science in Canada’s North.