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Ignite! A Fast-Paced Event about Arctic Research at the Canadian Museum of Nature

Jeff Saarela © Canadian Museum of Nature


An Arctic field camp for museum botanists (July 2010, Victoria Island, Northwest Territories).

Ottawa, November 30, 2015—On Thursday, December 3, join the Canadian Museum of Nature for Ignitea free fast-paced "geek event" of short talks filled with science and personality by museum experts. This year’s theme is the Arctic, "an area of leadership for the museum through its Centre for Arctic Knowledge and Exploration. 

Beginning at 7 p.m, there will be 11, five-minute presentations by scientists and curators who usually work behind the scenes at the museum’s Natural Heritage Campus in Gatineau, Quebec. Speakers can use up to 20 slides to talk about their area of work and why they do it. The format is rapid-fire; the slides advance automatically every 15 seconds…whether the speaker is ready or not! After the presentations, guests can linger and chat with the presenters over light refreshments.

The Ignite motto is "Enlighten us, but make it quick" and the format has been used by institutions in more than 100 cities around the world. The museum’s event will be no different, touching on diverse topics such as hardy Arctic plants, microscopic diatoms, dinosaurs, marine invertebrates and rare minerals.  

"Ignite offers a fun way to quickly show the diversity of research we do at the museum, whether it’s based on fieldwork or the acquisitions and studies in our national collections,"  says Dr. Mark Graham, VP Research and Collections at the museum. "We look forward to sharing some of our Arctic expertise through this event." 

Guests can also show up before the 7 p.m. presentation starts and take a walk across the Arctic on the museum’s giant floor map. The event is free but seating is limited. Reserve tickets in advance at nature.ca. Simultaneous translation will be available.

For general information, visit nature.ca or phone 613-566-4700.

Information for media:
Dan Smythe
Canadian Museum of Nature
613.566.4781; 613.698-9253