Innovation Council, TRIUMF bringing 200 students to AAAS in Vancouver

Sun, 2012-01-22 11:35 -- Reni Barlow

The British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC) is making it possible for 200 lucky young scientists to soak in four days of scientific discovery, discussion and demonstration led by top scientists and engineers at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting and international conference in Vancouver February 16-20.

The conference will bring 8,000 of the world’s brightest scientific minds from more than 60 countries to B.C.. Conference-goers will have the opportunity to hear from leading scientists and engineers throughout the four days of symposia, seminars, workshops and poster sessions that cover every area of science, technology and education.

BCIC has invested $19,000 in passes to the conference and has partnered with TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics located in Vancouver, to allocate the tickets to 200 BC high school and university students in science, engineering and business.

"The more young people we have experiencing the excitement of science and scientists, the more we can encourage the innovation that keeps BC and Canada growing and strong," said Richard T. Lee, Parliamentary Secretary for Asia Pacific and MLA for Burnaby North.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Flattening the World: Building the Global Knowledge Society.” The meeting will focus on the use of information technology and electronics to tackle complete problems on a global scale through international, multidisciplinary efforts.

AAAS has also organized Family Science Days, a community science showcase featuring hands-on demonstrations and other family and kid oriented activities while shining the spotlight on researchers and science educators who are instrumental in promoting interest in science and technology. All Family Science Days events are free to the public and will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 18-19 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

For more information on AAAS and the Annual Meeting in Vancouver, visit