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In additional tomakingmost of the Institute’s resources freely available
online, Outreach staff frequently present workshops at international
gatherings. Last year, these included a “mini-EinsteinPlus” workshop
at CERN in Switzerland for 40 European teachers from 30 countries,
and presentations to the Physics Teaching Resource Agents’ (PTRA)
annual Summer National Leadership meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.
High-quality journalism is also vital to increasing scientific literacy,
so Perimeter provides information and professional development
opportunities to Canadian and international media. The Institute
is also a sponsor of the Science Communication Program at the
Banff Centre, a Charter Member of the Science Media Centre of
Canada, and maintains close ties with the Canadian Science Writers
Association and the World Federation of Science Journalists.
Cultural events complement the Institute’s research and outreach
activities, and provide a way to connect with the community at large.
Generously supported by the Kitchener and Waterloo Community
Foundation − Musagetes Fund, Event Horizons programming
presents innovative works by renowned artists designed to stimulate
and enthrall.
Every year, Perimeter brings an all-star line-up
of scientists and thinkers to a local 600-seat
auditorium to give free public lectures. And every
year, every one of those lectures sells out, usually
in minutes. (Freeman Dyson’s talk this year sold
out in 90 seconds.) In the audience, high school
students rub shoulders with doctors and lawyers,
Perimeter staff and researchers, homemakers
and seniors.
“There’s huge excitement about science out there.
All kinds of people are passionate and curious,
and hungry for new ways to learn about cutting-
edge science,” says Renée Ellis, Perimeter’s
public events producer.
When programming the Public Lecture Series,
Ellis looks for excellent science communicators
able to convey fascinating ideas. “The audience
wants to be stretched,” she advises speakers.
“Stretch them out, bring them back, and stretch
them out again. Science is exciting. Get excited.”
The Perimeter Public Lecture series is presented
through the generous support of Sun Life Financial.
Pianist Yuja Wang’s performance was one of the highlights of the
2010-11 Perimeter Classical World Artists series.
“I’ve never met a physicist who didn’t love music,
or some other kind of art. Music nourishes my
scientific work – creativity is creativity, after all.”
– Raymond Laflamme, Associate Faculty member and
Director, Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo