I was a bit surprised to find out that Canada is having a National Science and Technology Week, Oct. 17 – 26, 2008. I guess calling it a ‘week’ seemed like a better idea that ’10 days’. Plus, they don’t appear to have an advertising budget as there was no publicity in daily or community newspapers where I’d ordinarily expect to find out about such an event. Luckily I’m on the GenomeBC mailing list and they have a special event for this week (part of the Genome Canada International Conference also being held this week) that’s called: “The Genetic Test Results are in … now what?” It’s going to be held in Vancouver at Telus Science World, 1455 Quebec St. on Weds., Oct. 22, 2008 from 7:30 to 9:30. Speakers are Dr. Elaine Mardis, Washington University at St. Louis; Dr. Darren Platt, human genemoics scientist and former senior director of research at 23 & Me; and Dr. Wylie Burke, University of Washington (Seattle). It’s free but you do have to pre-register (and last year’s event held during this week was packed so you might want to consider doing that). For more information and pre-registration, go here.
International Science and Partnership Canada (ISTP Canada) has funding for SME businesses who want to participate in a trade mission to Nanjing (Jiangsu), China for the First International Technology Transfer and Commercialization Conference to be held Nov. 6 – 8, 2008. ISTP Canada will provide 50% of the cost of an economy class fare and their counterparts in China will take care of all other expenses for the duration of the conference in China. Full details from the news release are available from Nanotech BC and also from ISTP Canada.