24 Hours of Science
24 Hours of Science, the science and technology event for all ages, is set to take place across Quebec from May 5th to May 6th, with more than 400 activities scheduled. The event will run for two full days, with an off-festival period during the following two weeks, officially dubbed "24 hours of science and more!" The activities will include entertainment, lab visits, conferences, science bars, scientific competitions, films, and other special activities that cover many scientific fields, including biology, health, astronomy, natural sciences, engineering, environment, and more.
The 24 Hours of Science aims to encourage meetings between researchers and the general public, stimulate general interest in science and technology, and promote scientific careers among young people. This year, the event's theme is participatory science and discovery, with science organizations invited to offer activities that will help the public discover the heart of their work.
Since 2010, the 24 Hours of Science event has been recognized and supported by UNESCO, and has received awards such as the Prize for the Promotion of Science from the Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and an Innovation Prize from the Association for the Development of Research and Innovation of Quebec (ADRIQ) in the Emerging Techno-Science category.
In Gatineau, there are several mycology-related activities taking place. On Saturday, May 6th, from 9:30 am to 11 am, the Mycologues amateurs de l'Outaouais will be offering a Mycology Initiation Tour in Chelsea, where participants can learn more about mycology and take a walking tour in the forest to pick mushrooms. At the Gatineau Municipal Library on Saturday, May 6th, from 9 am to 12 pm, experts from the Club des Mycologues amateurs de l'Outaouais will be hosting a workshop on the wild mushrooms of the region. The workshop will include a theoretical part to learn about mushrooms and a second part for drawing mushrooms, with prizes for participants.
The 24 Hours of Science is coordinated and presented by Science pour tous, a private, non-profit organization that brings together organizations working in scientific, technological culture, and innovation. Its ranks include science and technology associations, organizations and institutions, including science museums, interpretation centers, scientific media, and scientific leisure organizations, and receives financial support from the Ministry of Economy, Science, and Innovation. The organization's mission is to bring together organizations of scientific and technical culture and support their activities by creating and supporting a network "to get to know each other and be recognized" and to work towards fostering links between CST organizations, governments, businesses, the research community, and the public, and strengthen partnerships, linkages, and networking.
Photo Caption: Science Lecture
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