The River Institute and Science Odyssey present ten days of Science in Cornwall

CORNWALL — Science Odyssey is Canada’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, featuring fun and inspiring experiences in museums, research centres, laboratories and classrooms from coast to coast. This year, Cornwall’s River Institute is on the menu.

Powered by NSERC, Science Odyssey demonstrates how discoveries and innovations shape our daily lives and foster a strong science culture in Canada. For the last two years the River Institute has been an active part of this Odyssey. This year, from Monday, May 6 to Friday, May 10 at noon the staff are hosting an hour long daily free Science Lunch and Learn series at this unique research facility on the banks of the St. Lawrence River on the campus of St. Lawrence College in Cornwall.

The River Institute is taking an opportunity to shine a spotlight on science being undertaken in this area of Ontario by inviting the public to be curious and join research scientists for lunch, a short presentation, as well as a tour of River Institute. Talks will range from “Science in the Real World”, to “Mapping with Drones”, Invasive Species, and the health of Fish and Bat populations in Ontario. River Institute scientists will discuss the research that encourages them to be passionate about science and why that sharing that science is making a difference to all Canadians.

Local scientists on the Odyssey Lunch and Learn menu this week include Cristina Charette; Dr. Brian Hickey; Louis Savard, Dr. Leigh McGaughey, and Matt Windle.

Contact:   613-936-6620 (ext. 222)

Lunch and Learn Itinerary

Monday, May 6:  Fish Invaders with Cristina –  PhD student Cristina Charette will describe her research on the impacts of invasive species round gobies on the river food web.  Live fish, specimens and sampling equipment will be on display.

Tuesday, May 7:  What’s Up with Bats? with Dr. Brian – Research scientist Dr. Brian Hickey will discuss his work to restore bat populations and how citizen scientists can help.  Bat houses will be on display. Recovery of Ontario’s little brown bat population will be the focus of this talk.

Wednesday, May 8: Science in the Real World with Louis – RiverLabs leader Louis Savard will describe ways that craft breweries, food waste recyclers, and other businesses use science to improve their efficacy.

Thursday, May 9: The Great River Rapport with Dr. Leigh – Research scientist Dr. Leigh McGaughey is addressing community concerns and questions about the health of the river. She will describe how ecological indicators are used as measures of ecosystem health, and describe ways people can get involved in The Great River Rapport – an ecosystem health report for the Upper St. Lawrence River.

Friday, May 10: Drones and habitat mapping with Matt – Aquatic biologist Matt Windle will demonstrate how Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones) are used to survey wetlands and map habitat in the St. Lawrence River.

About Science Odyssey

Led by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Science Odyssey brings together hundreds of fun and engaging activities across the country from Saturday, May 4 to Sunday, May 19. Events range from science in the streets, visits to labs, science fairs, talks and conferences, school field trips, encounters with scientists and engineers, special exhibits at museums and science centres, scientific events at community organizations, online activities, and much more.

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