24 Hours of Science at McGill and beyond!


From Friday May 9 to Sunday May 11, 2014, McGill will host various activities as part of the 9th edition of Quebec’s science and technology event: 24 Hours of Science.

24 Hours of Science is an activity-filled day of science and technology for people of all ages. The 9th edition will take place on May 9 and 10, 2014. This year's theme: Entre art et science mon cœur balance!

The day kicks-off at noon on Friday, and comes to a close 24 hours later. The dynamic program includes lab visits, science competitions, films, etc. Activities will explore a number of themes, including mathematics, health, astronomy, life sciences, engineering and the environment. Participate in McGill events and don’t forget to check out 24 Hours of Science’s program for ALL the activities scheduled in Montreal and in the rest of Quebec.

This year, for the first time, the 24 Hours of Science will close with a special presentation, Science serving Art: Right or Wrong? by Professor Ariel Fenster, Department of Chemistry, Office for Science & Society at the Redpath Museum. Do not miss it!

Mount Royal flora: the forest and the human story

With Eric Richard (Directeur des services éducatifs, Les Amis de la montagne), Kakwiranó:ron Cook (Aboriginal Outreach, McGill) This event helps us to discover a variety of stories about the plants that grow on the mountain and learn about the strong connection between native people and local flora. The forest on Mount Royal has been known by humans since prehistoric times. Wood was used for construction and tools, many plants were collected for food and others for medicinal uses. For example, white cedar bark from the mountain was prepared by the St. Lawrence Iroquoians and provided to early newcomers as a tonic against scurvy. This event starts with brief presentation in the Museum, continues with walk to the Hochelaga monument and finishes with traditional Huron-Wendat ceremony and strawberry refreshment near the Kondiaronk White Pine on Mount Royal's summit behind the Belvedere. Part of this presentation will be led by Darrell Thompson, a traditional Mohawk medicine man. The complete talk and walk is two hours. Please bring your own snack to share at the Kondiaronk White Pine behind the Belvedere

When: Friday, May 9, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Start at the Redpath Museum at 17h. Finish: Belevedere of Mount Royal at around 19h with refreshments.

Activity in English only. FREE but suggested contribution: $10 regular adult/ $5 student, child, senior, Max: $20/family.


erichard [at] lemontroyal.qc.ca (Email) or 514 843 8240 ext. 0

Come discover astronomy with AstroMcGill!

Come discover astronomy with many fun hands-on activities (for example, making your own comet). There will also be observations of the night sky at the McPherson Observatory of McGill.

When: Friday, May 9 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 10 from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

Where: Rutherford Physics Building, McGill University, 3600 rue University
Bilingual activity

Contact: Sebastien Guillot at 514 398 7021 or by astromcgill [at] physics.mcgill.ca (email)


Twitter: @AstroMcGill

What’s it like to be an intern at the Trauma Centre?

Visit the Trauma Centre at the Montreal General Hospital and find out! Accompanied by physicians and nurses, you will walk the hallways of the Intensive Care Unit, visit the recovery room and discover the secrets of the computerized tomography (CT) scanner, an indispensable tool for this unit. Participate in a mock trauma scenario with the medical team and learn what steps are taken when treating a critically wounded patient. You will even have the opportunity to speak with an MUHC patient who has survived a trauma. By the end of your visit, you will be able to identify risky behaviours and be aware of what actions need to be taken when faced with emergency situations.

Note: Reservation is mandatory, limited space. For safety purposes, only registered people will be allowed to attend the activity. Bilingual activity

When: Saturday, May 10 from 10:00a.m. to 12:30p.m.

Where: Trauma Centre - Montreal General Hospital, McGill University Health Centre, 1650 Cedar Avenue
Metro Guy-Concordia

Buses: 144, 165, 166, 360, 369, 435
Contact: Vanessa Damha at 514 934 1934 ext. 71440 or by vanessa.damha [at] muhc.mcgill.ca (email)

Science serving Art: Right or Wrong?

Based on true cases of fake Vermeer's and Van Gogh's, Dr. Ariel Fenster presents the various scientific techniques experts can use in order to determine the authenticity of an art object as well as its history, and its state of preservation.

Note: Presentation will be in French

When: Sunday May 11, 2014 at 11 a.m.

Where: Auditorium, Redpath Museum, 859 Sherbrooke O, Montreal

Contact: 514-398-4086

Les secrets d’un étang de Montréal

Les étangs urbains semblent bien calmes en surface, mais ils renferment un écosystème très riche et surprenant! Des étudiants en écologie aquatique du Groupe de recherches interuniversitaire en limnologie et environnement aquatique vous attendent au parc La Fontaine pour découvrir avec vous les secrets que cachent un étang de Montréal. Au programme: démonstration de méthodes de récolte des organismes, séance de microscopie, jeu d’identification et plus encore!

Note: Presentation will be bilingual. In case of rain, dress appropriately as event will go on regardless!

By: Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire en limnologie et en environnement aquatique avec la participation de: Université du Québec à Montréal, Universités McGill et Concordia

When: May 10 • 10 am to 4 pm

Where: Parc La Fontaine (near l'Espace La Fontaine)

Contact: 514-987-3000 p.4667

Twitter: @GRIL_Limnologie

Les volcans, des montagnes vivantes  

Au cours de cet atelier explosif (!), en compagnie de Bruno Paul Stenson, éducateur du Musée Redpath de McGill, les jeunes de 6 à 12 ans pourront apprendre tout sur les volcans et les roches volcaniques. En plus ceux-ci pourrons créer leur propre éruption volcanique!

Par: Bibliothèque de Candiac

When: May 10, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Where: Bibliothèque de Candiac - Centre Claude-Hébert - Salon Saint-Marc, 59 ch. Haendel

Renseignements: 450-635-6032
biblio [at] ville.candiac.qc.ca (email) 

Note: Réservation nécessaire

La chanson pour sensibiliser aux maladies mentales  

Laissez-vous emporter, le temps de votre pause-dîner, par l'harmonie et les mélodies de la troupe de chant MusiArt du département de psychiatrie du Centre universitaire de santé McGill. Ce groupe d’expression artistique, qui a pour mission d'améliorer et de maintenir la santé mentale chez ses membres, vise à démystifier la maladie mentale en diminuant les préjugés et les tabous. La troupe qui s’est vue décerner plusieurs prix interprétera un vaste répertoire de chants dont des chansons originales tirées de leurs deux albums et Hallelujah de Leonard Cohen. Nous vous attendons en grand nombre!

Par: Centre universitaire de santé McGill (CUSM) avec la participation de: Bibliothèque et centre d'informatique Atwater

Note: The activity will be bilingual

When: May 8, 12h30 à 13h30

Where: Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Avenue

Contact: Vanessa Damha
514-934-1934 p.71440
vanessa.damha [at] muhc.mcgill.ca (email)

Note: La salle de représentation a une capacité maximale de 90 personnes.


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