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October 7, 2014

Canada: Saskatoon will host mega science conference

By Allan Lynch

Saskatoon is not a Canadian city which often makes international news. However, its profile is rising in the research world as the national centre of Canada’s synchrotron research.  

The $295 million synchrotron, an advanced light system for studying molecular matter, is the largest science project in Canada. Because of it Saskatoon will host the 2nd International Festival of Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEMfest) in 2015.

The six-day multi-discipline conference is built around the theme "Skilling a Nation’s Future - aligning STEM education with a State's future human resource needs."

It took the city five years to win the conference which Todd Brandt, president and CEO of Tourism Saskatoon, describes as “the Olympics of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Those disciplines have various congresses around the world. They will all come together in this new format. So this whole suite of major conferences are going to be here next September and early October. They’ll do some things jointly, as well as have their individual congresses. We’re quite excited about that.” 

In total, organizers anticipate 8,000 delegates will attend some part of STEMfest.  www.tourismsaskatoon.com  

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