Exhibit | Enterprises of the Human Spirit: 50 Years of Scientific Excellence in Germany and Canada

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 12:00toFriday, June 3, 2022 12:00
McLennan Library Building main floor, reading room, 3459 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C9, CA
German-Canadian scientist Gerhard Herzberg in front of a blackboard
Image by © 2019 National Research Council of Canada.
German-Canadian scientist Gerhard Herzberg

Defining Moments Canada/Moments Déterminants Canada (DMC), a heritage education organization, with the support of the German Embassy, has partnered with the University of Saskatchewan to present the travelling exhibition Enterprises of the Human Spirit: 50 Years of Scientific Excellence in Germany and Canada. The exhibition is touring across Canada from March 2022 to early 2023 with dates at several Canadian universities and institutions. The opportunity to see the exhibition on display at McGill University’s McLennan-Redpath Library Complex (3945 McTavish Street, main floor, reading room) is from May 24 to June 3, 2022, open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day including weekends.

Celebrating 50 years of German-Canadian collaboration in scientific and technological research and Gerhard Herzberg’s Nobel Prize win, this exhibition highlights the scientific excellence seen in joint projects in the fields of health and medicine, physics, climate sciences, and green energy. The theme of collaboration is apparent throughout the many stories told in the exhibition, starting with Herzberg’s story, and again in the history and legacy of the German-Canadian Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement.

Gerhard Herzberg believed that in the quest for new knowledge Canada must build international scientific collaborations. At McGill University, research partnerships with Germany’s Max Planck Society, the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, the Jülich Research Centre, and the Technical University of Munich bring together researchers with diverse scientific backgrounds and perspectives to solve complex problems.

Defining Moments Canada is offering additional resources and educational material to educators and students through the digital Herzberg50 and NobelCanadian projects, which can be explored at the Defining Moments Canada website. A more in-depth of Herzberg’s life is available as an interactive Story map, as well as interviews with some of Herzberg’s former research fellows.

Organized and circulated by Defining Moments Canada / Organisée et mise à disposition par Moments Déterminants Canada. In collaboration with the Herzberg50 digital commemoration./ En collaboration avec la commémoration numérique Herzberg50.

Generously supported by the Federal Republic of Germany / Avec le genereux soutien de l'Ambassade de la République fédérale d’Allemagne

Defining Moments Canada/Moments Déterminants Canada is a digital heritage and education company, leading innovative educational engagement and the commemoration of Canada’s history using twenty-first-century tools and storytelling skills. It has previously carried out the national commemorations surrounding the 1918-1920 Influenza Pandemic in Canada, the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, the 100th Anniversary of the Discovery of Insulin, and the 75th anniversary of VEDay. In 2021, Defining Moments Canada launched ‘Herzberg50’ to honour Dr. Gerhard Herzberg’s 1971 Nobel Prize award in Chemistry, a project which will transition into the ‘NobelCanadian’ commemorative project in 2022.

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