Love science? Curious about the Arctic? Head to the Canadian Museum of Nature Thursday, December 3 for Ignite!, a free fast-paced “geek event.” Museum experts will be presenting a fast-paced series of short talks filled with science and personality. The theme is the Arctic, an area of leadership for the museum through its Centre for Arctic Knowledge and Exploration.
Beginning at 7 p.m, there will be 11 five-minute presentations by scientists and curators who usually work behind the scenes at the museum’s Natural Heritage Campus in Gatineau, Quebec. Speakers can use up to 20 slides to talk about their area of work and why they do it. The format is rapid-fire; the slides advance automatically every 15 seconds … whether the speaker is ready or not! After the presentations, guests can linger and chat with the presenters over light refreshments.
The Ignite motto is Enlighten us, but make it quick and the format has been used by institutions in more than 100 cities around the world. This event will touch on diverse topics such as hardy Arctic plants, microscopic diatoms, dinosaurs, marine invertebrates and rare minerals.
“Ignite offers a fun way to quickly show the diversity of research we do at the museum, whether it’s based on fieldwork or the acquisitions and studies in our national collections,” says Dr. Mark Graham, VP of Research and Collections at the museum. “We look forward to sharing some of our Arctic expertise through this event.”
Guests can also show up before the 7 p.m. presentation starts and take a walk across the Arctic on the museum’s giant floor map. The event is free but seating is limited. Reserve tickets in advance at nature.ca. Simultaneous translation will be available.
See nature.ca or phone 613 566-4700 for details.