"Living Sustainably – The Role of Science and Technology" Symposium (Manitoba; Apr. 30-May 4, 2012)

The Manitoba ESD Working Group (MESDWG) is involved in helping to deliver an international science symposium for top high school students at the University of Manitoba Apr 30-May 4, 2012.  The theme for the 8th ISSF symposium is Living Sustainably – The Role of Science and Technology, with sub themes on Clean Water, Climate Change, Sustainable Energy, Feeding the World, and Health & Genomics. This annual event is being held in Thailand this year and England in 2013, with 2012 being the first time that it will be hosted in North America. Manitoba Education and the Pembina Trails School Division/Fort Richmond Collegiate are the official hosts with many other MESDWG community partners assisting, including Ducks Unlimited Canada, MCIC, Fort Whyte Alive, the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg, the Manitoba Forestry Association and Green Manitoba. The event will attract teams of top science students from 30 countries as well as from other provinces, with hundreds of students also participating from across Manitoba. Bob Adamson of Pembina Trails School Division and Gerald Farthing, the Deputy Minister of Education for Manitoba, were instrumental in bringing the event to Canada. The week consists of cultural events, keynote speakers on each subtheme, hands-on workshops led by leading researchers, presentations by the student teams about their own research projects, a student led poster paper session and a day of theme-based field trips to local sites and facilities. This event provides a unique opportunity for young students to become actively involved in meaningful research projects and share what they learn with an international audience. Past participants have gone on to future studies and careers in science and education. See more information at  http://www.issf2012.org/index.html