Show & Tell for grownups: McGill hosts first-ever research gala


Applause 2008 celebrates groundbreaking discoveries and award-winning researchers

From climate research to genomics, from cloned pigs to innovative digital musical instruments, and from in vitro fertilization breakthroughs to resisting genocide – McGill University researchers are making their presence known on the world stage. For the first time, McGill is bringing its many award-winning research success stories under one roof in an evening-long celebration called Applause 2008.

On February 19, McGill University’s Office of the Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations) hosts the invitation-only Applause 2008 gala, between 5 and 8 p.m. at Le Centre des Sciences de Montréal, 2 de la Commune Street West, in the Old Port.

“As one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities, McGill has a key role to play in the advancement of a knowledge-driven economy and civil society,” said McGill’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Heather Munroe-Blum. “We are so proud to showcase McGill’s contribution to Canadian discovery and innovation and to celebrate the many significant outcomes of our efforts with all those who make these advancements possible: our researchers, funding agencies, representatives from government and our private-sector partners.”

The evening will feature displays by several of McGill’s world-renowned researchers, and a ceremony to acknowledge McGill’s award-winners from the past year. The Right Honourable Joe Clark, Canada’s former Prime Minister and McGill professor will present a brief keynote address that will focus on the increasingly important role that universities are playing on the world stage.

“Today, research and innovation are driving forces in international affairs, and universities are integral to the advancement of the Canadian prosperity agenda,” said Denis Thérien, Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations). “Health, social, and economic issues are not domestic challenges, but are international issues. Our researchers are not only improving the lives of Canadians, but are contributing to the wellbeing of humankind.”

Professors Ariel Fenster and Joe Schwarcz will act as masters of ceremonies and will treat the audience to a special “Science & Society” demonstration. Following the ceremonies, guests will be encouraged to view research displays covering the wide range of disciplines.

Refreshments will be served.