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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.


From Stonehenge to Gemini:
A Venture Between Science and Technology

with
Jean-René Roy, Université Laval

From the earliest tracking of the motions of the stars during the Stone Age to the discovery of the expansion of the universe in the 20th century, astronomy has held an irresistible fascination for humanity.

The quest to know the universe is also the story of the development of powerful new tools and technology to make that exploration possible. Perhaps nowhere is this relationship clearer than in the successful and substantial Canadian contributions to the new international Gemini telescopes, two revolutionary instruments that are giving Canada and its scientists a window on the universe.

An astrophysicist at Université Laval in Quebec City, Jean-René Roy is one of Canada's best known scientists. As head Canadian scientist on the Gemini project, he has been closely involved with all aspects of the telescopes and the exciting research that will be carried out with them. His own field is the evolution of galaxies and the feeding of interstellar matter with new chemical elements from stars. He's also the author of Les Héritiers de Prométhée, a new book that deals with the relationship of science and society and the impact that science and technology have had on the development of civilization.

Co-Sponsors:
--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Gildas Molgat
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Gilbert Parent
--Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)
--NSERC

DATE: Thursday, February 10, 2000 from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.