Vancouver welcomes an exceptional array of speakers in various fields of science at the 2012 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting taking place at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre from February 16 to 20. The Annual Meeting is one of the most widely recognized global science events, bringing together the best and brightest.

Our researchers also take the stage. Dr. Martin Haulena, our veterinarian, will discuss the health of our oceans and Marine Mammal scientist Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard will lead a discussion on killer whales.

We encourage everyone to take part in the free Family Science Days—a community science showcase featuring hands-on demonstrations and other family-friendly activities, which shines a spotlight on a broad range of educators working to promote an interest in science among the general public. Browse interactive tabletop exhibits, learn about cool science jobs, and have your questions answered by global experts.

Interact with the Vancouver Aquarium’s B.C. Hydro AquaVan where you are invited to touch a sea star, understand how a barnacle feeds, observe a hermit crab up close and discover the connections among animals, environments and ourselves.

Family Science Days is open to all ages, and specifically aimed at youths in grades six to 12. You’ll also learn about:

  • Alien planets and distant stars
  • Creating an earthquake
  • Seeing the invisible—from the weather to electricity to DNA
  • Launching your own rockets

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide.

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