The Council at AAAS 2012
This year for the first time in 30 years, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, was held in Canada. A record breaking 11,500 people, from more than 60 countries, attended the 2012 meeting in Vancouver from February 16-20, including some of Canada’s and the world’s leading scientific minds. An exceptional array of speakers were featured, including Canada's head astronaut Steve Maclean, RIM founder and former Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis and other luminaries in the science, technology and education fields.
The Council of Canadian Academies was proud to be a bronze level sponsor and an exhibitor at the event. The Council’s exhibitor booth featured Canada’s Research Tree a creative way to show support for Canada’s outstanding science community. The tree included 400 leaves which featured the names of all the expert volunteers who have lent their time and expertise to the Council.
Throughout the conference we invited attendees to add their names to show support for Canada’s science community. During Family Science Days, children also participated, colouring and signing over 250 leaves. Over the course of the four days we saw our tree continue to grow. Approximately 1,000 leaves ultimately filled Canada’s Research Tree – by all accounts, an outstanding success. The Council was honoured to be a part of the conference and to have the opportunity to highlight our expert volunteer community. It is with the incredible volunteer support and commitment of Canada’s scientific and expert communities that we are able to achieve our mandate.