The Palais des congrès de Montréal, jointly with Centre Déclic, is putting together a series of public conferences intended to bring science to a broader audience, by sharing scientific information in plain, everyday language. Titled Up Close and Personal with Science, these small intimate talks with scientists will enable participants to access scientific content without the scientific jargon and complicated formulas. By holding these events, the Palais is hoping to become a showcase for local scientists, which is one of the key pillars of its new vision. These conferences will also enable Montrealers to rediscover their convention centre, better known for its exhibitions than for the scientific conferences it hosts.
“Many of the city’s academics and researchers play a crucial role in attracting international organizations to Montreal. Montrealers are interested in science and we are determined to render it more accessible with these free conferences aimed at demystifying concepts like the world of bees and recent technological advancements,” explains Robert Mercure, president and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal.
A proven formula predicated on sharing information
Centre Déclic drew from its vast experience organizing numerous conferences across Québec to develop the content of the first instalments of the series, which it did in collaboration with researchers affiliated with upcoming conferences at the Palais, including luminaries who are members of the Palais Ambassadors Club. The topics are closely tied to these major events to enable the public to experience the same excitement as the conference delegates who will be converging on the Palais.
The Up Close and Personal with Science talks are presentations intended to popularize an exciting scientific topic and provide answers to questions from the public. The objective is also in line with Centre Déclic’s mission, that of facilitating the sharing of science-related knowledge so that more people can use it to make better informed decisions, in terms of both their personal lives and the society in which they live.
“The Déclic conferences are lifebuoys that enable you to stay afloat of information overload on all sorts of topics. They present an opportunity to exchange with scientific experts, with the help of a mediator who ensures everything is understood. During the course of a Déclic conference, you’ll discover all kinds of things you’ll find surprising, useful, funny or revolting, on topics that concern us all, by talking with real people who know what they’re talking about and have no hidden agenda,” explains Valérie Borde, the founding director of Centre Déclic, a non-profit organization supported by the Québec Research Funds.