24 Hours of Science
24 Hours of Science is a day-long event filled with science and technology activities for everyone (children, teens, young adults, families, seniors, etc.). Over 400 activities take place throughout Quebec! The event starts on Friday at noon and ends 24 hours later, giving room for evening and late-night activities.
Activities include: laboratory visits, conferences, science bars, science competitions, films and several special activities. The activities cover a vast range of scientific fields: biology, health sciences, astronomy, natural sciences, engineering, environment, etc. There is something for everyone!
The idea of this great event is to encourage interaction between researchers and the public, stimulate the public’s interest in science and technology, and promote scientific careers to our youth.
2020 theme : All is transformed
In reference to the famous maxim of Lavoisier: Nothing is lost, nothing is created, all is transformed. Our theme this year is the transformation and change that are an entire part of any scientific discipline. Mutation, chemical reaction, energy transfer, evolution, mathematical conversion, history of the Universe and of the humanity, movement, space exploration, transformation is everywhere.
In these times of climate change, "All is transformed" also refers to the global awareness of the emergency of the situation. We want our theme to bring hope and confidence to the future.
As every year, the theme of 24 hours of science is a suggestion but never mandatory.
A multi-talented science journalist, Marie-Pier Elie is a reporter for the "Routes de la science" program at ICI-Explora. She has been working in the Quebec and French media for many years. A regular contributor to the magazines Québec Science and La Recherche, her reports have won numerous awards, such as the National Magazine Awards and the prestigious Jean Paré Reporter of the Year Award in 2006 from the Quebec Association of Magazine Publishers. Passionate about dark and luminous matter, nerve endings and the big mysterious unknowns, she brings the same enthusiasm when investigating the hidden life of the starfish, the exhausting race of the spermatozoid and the fate of the universe.
The research biologist Dominique Berteaux studies biodiversity, climate change and Northern ecosystems. A previous professor at McGill University, he now holds the Canada Research Chair in Northern Biodiversity at the University of Québec at Rimouski. He has numerous publications in prestigious international scientific journals. His work was recognized by Québec Science as Discovery of the Year in 2003. His latest book, "Climate Change and Biodiversity in Quebec," won the 2015 Hubert-Reeves Scientific Literary Award.
Since 2010, the event 24 Hours of Science has been recognized and supported by UNESCO.
In 2010, the 24 Hours of Science received the Award for Science Promotion from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
In 2011, the Association for the Development of Research and Innovation of Quebec (ADRIQ) awarded the Innovation Prize to the 24 Hours of Science in the category “Relève Technoscience” (Science & Technology Promotion).
In 2016, the 24 hours of science joins the Science Odyssey, a Canadian event organized by NSERC that celebrates science from coast to coast.
Science pour tous
Science pour tous is the organizing and presenting body of the 24 Hours of Science. It is a private, non-profit organization that brings together organizations working in the science, technology and innovation sector. Its represents approximately 250 organizations in all aspects of science and technology, such as science museums, interpretation centres, science media outlets and science activity centres. Science pour tous receives financial support from the Ministry of the Economy of Science and Innovation.
Mission: Bring together organizations in science and technology. Support their activities through creating and maintaining a network for said organizations to meet and be recognized.
Objectives: Work to foster links among organizations, governments, businesses, the research community and the public; strengthen partnerships, and networking.