Science Rendezvous began as a joint program between the University of Toronto, Ryerson University [name changed to Toronto Metropolitan University as of April 26, 2022; read why in the Toronto Metropolitan University Wikipedia entry], York University and Ontario Tech University in 2008. These founding partners saw the need to work together in order to launch an event of great enough scale and exciting content to engage the public in the vast wonders of science and engineering. Since that time, Science Rendezvous has grown to include 40 of Canada’s top research institutions and over 85 community partnerships across 30 cities in 10 provinces and 2 territories. Today, it is a marquee event and signature partner of Science Odyssey, and is the single largest science festival in Canada.
This year’s Science Rendezvous is being held on Saturday, May 7, 2022; the events can be found here.
I received an April 26, 2022 notice (via email) from Simon Fraser University (SFU) about local (Vancouver area) Science Rendezvous events,
Simon Fraser University – Faculty of Science presents:
Science Rendezvous and International Astronomy Day
Friday May 6 & Saturday May 7, 2022 (see event listing for breakdown)
Attend Science Rendezvous and celebrate International Astronomy Day
with SFU Science for an exciting and fun online science experience! Our
day’s line-up includes student spaceflight experiments that are going
up to ISS, astronomy presentations, a magic chemistry show, a special
Meet an SFU Scientist talk with an astrostatistician and live streamed,
front-row, remote access to our on-campus telescope. We will also offer
in-person tours of the Trottier Observatory on our Burnaby campus
Explore all Science Rendezvous events and register here to receive Zoom
Here’s more from the SFU Science Rendezvous 2022 events page,
Student Spaceflight Experiments Program: Finalist Presentations
Learn about the experiment proposals from SD43 that were proposed to go into space, where students explored the effects of microgravity on a number of scientific questions. One experiment will go to the International Space Station! Hear from our student finalists from Dr. Charles Best Secondary, Port Moody Secondary and Hillcrest Middle School — this is your chance to ask them questions about their spaceflight experiments!
Science in Action at SFU presents: Chemistry Magic!
Did you see that? Where did it go? High in the sky? Or down below? Watch very closely, here it comes back! We can do it again. Now how about that?!
Join us for Chemistry Magic, a fun and enlightening science show!
Meet an SFU Scientist: Dr. David Stenning
Astrostatistics: The Final Frontier?
Dr. David Stenning will discuss how new research in the exciting interdisciplinary research field of astrostatistics is advancing both astronomy and statistics. Dr. Stenning will provide insight into its applications such as predicting solar activity and space weather, discovering Earth-like exoplanets, and learning about cosmology and the fate of our universe.
Celebrate International Astronomy Day!
The Royal Astronomy Society of Canada (RASC), Vancouver, is collaborating with SFU and the Burnaby Festival of Learning to bring you a series of astronomy-related events, workshops, and activities on May 6th and 7th! These include stargazing at SFU’s Trottier Observatory, a talk on the life cycle of a star, an interactive presentation on the solar system, and more.
You can register here for the SFU events.
As for Science Odyssey, there’s more information on their About page,
Science Odyssey is a national campaign that celebrates Canadian achievements in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, featuring fun and inspiring experiences in museums, research centres, laboratories and classrooms from coast to coast. Every year in May, hundreds of science outreach leaders deliver fun, engaging and inspiring activities to Canadians of all ages.
Powered by NSERC [Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada], Science Odyssey demonstrates how discoveries and innovations shape our daily lives and foster a strong science culture in Canada.
In 2021, Canadians enjoyed close to 600 virtual and in-person events hosted by 300 partners!
To get information about this year’s events, you can try here. (For some reason I can’t get events using ‘location’ as the parameter; I had better luck with ‘organization’.)