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  August 16: Stones and Beer bike tour

 16h - 20h30

   Now a family-friendly bike trip exploring the fossils and rocks, architecture, and secret spots in Montreal's building stones. Includes the popular booklet What Building Stones Tell,

   a tasting of five microbrews (or juice) at McAuslan's Terrace , fresh market bread, fruit, and cheese.

 Meet: Front steps Redpath Museum.  Rain or shine.
 Cost:  $25 adults, $15 seniors/students, $7 child 12 years and over.

 Cyclists only, reservation necessary. Please call 514-398-4094.


Nov 16, 2014:  Explorations in Plant Intelligence

By Catherine Polcz (Dept. Plant Sciences, McGill)

Recent research into plant behaviour has claimed that plants possess memory, can react to the sound of running water, and are even able to recognize their kin.  Animals and even computers have long been described as intelligent, so why are we so unwilling to grant plants complex behaviour?  In this lecture, botanist Catherine Polcz will discuss the manifold ways in which humans have tried to understand plants.   In Auditorium.

November 9, 2014: INTERSTELLAR : The Astronomy!

With Robert Rutledge (Dept. Physics, McGill)

A SPECIAL post-release discussion of the movie INTERSTELLAR. Directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Matthew McConaughey, this film features a team of space travelers who travel through a wormhole. The US/Canada Release of the film is Friday November 7th. We will host a post-viewing conversation and discussion on the astronomy of the movie. SPOILERS will be had!  Free, everyone welcome. No reservation necessary. Not suitable for young children.

October 19,  2014: Island of Trees book launch

Celebrate the publication of Bronwyn Chester's Island of Trees (Vehicule Press, 2014). This book follows the trail of 50 Montreal trees and defines each one and interprets the tree’s story—stories that anchor us in time and place. Illustrated by Jean-Luc Trudel and Charles L’Heureux, this book will be available for sale at the launch. Bronwyn Chester wrote a column on trees for the Montreal Gazette and was influential in the city as a naturalist. Check this NFB documentary short film Sacrée montagne - Les arbres, about Bronwyn's keen interest and respect for trees.

October 26, 2014: Rattlesnakes of Mexico- through my eyes

Opening of temporary exhibit of photographs by the independant photographer Eric Centenero Alcala. Outside Room 200.

Dec. 14, 2014: Mitigating climate change: The role of science and public policy

With Catherine Potvin (Prof. Dept. Biology, McGill; Canada Research Chair in Climate Change Mitigation and Tropical Forests),  Dominique Paquin  (Simulations and climate analyst, Consortium on Regional Climatology and Adaptation to Climate Change - OURANOS and Université de Montreal),  Normand Mousseau (Professeur titulaire: Chaire de recherche de l’Université de Montréal sur les matériaux complexes, l'énergie et les ressources naturelles), Bronwen Tucker (McGill University and Canada Youth Climate Coalition) who will by skyping in from the 20th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Lima, Peru and  Shaun Lovejoy (Prof., Dept. Physics, McGill). Moderated by Victor Frankel  (PhD Candidate, McGill University & Graduate Fellow, Smithsonian Institution)

Archives 2015

March 8, 14h – 16h: MINERAL DAY @ MUSEUM

  Meet mineral 'experts', learn about the diversity and wonder of the world of minerals, and maybe play a game of Mineral BINGO. Special mineralogical prizes! For all ages. Bilingual. FREE. No reservation required. Bring your own minerals and rocks to be examined and identified. IMAGEs: Torsten Bernhardt, Peter Tarassoff. Avec Mining Matters.

May 30, 10h-11h30:  Secret Science Spots
As part of Atlas Obscura, join us on an exciting walk to find the secret science spots on McGill University’s downtown campus. Includes special refreshments and a booklet.

START: 10h, Meet at the front steps of the Redpath Museum.  Cost: $4 REGULAR ADULT, $2 CHILD/SENIOR/STUDENT, MAX $10 / FAMILY.
Rain or shine. We will only cancel if the weather is unusually dangerous! In English.

July 7 juillet, 11h – 12h30:
  Visite guidée/ guided visit of / de McGill’s Edible Campus / Le jardin du campus comestible. (bilingual/bilingue).  Avec/with Vikram Bhatt (Directeur).  Meet at the front steps of the Redpath Museum.  Reservations: 514-398-4094 ou/or science [dot] outreach [at] mcgill [dot] ca.