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Up Close with Researchers and Experts at Espace pour la vie

Montréal, August 28, 2018 - 

When you visit the Jardin botanique, Insectarium, Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan or Biodôme, it’s hard to imagine everything going on behind the scenes in terms of research and discoveries about nature, the animals, biodiversity and the collections. But now you can find out for yourself! From September 2018 to April 2019, Espace pour la vie is inviting visitors to a series of original, relaxed encounters with some of its many researchers and experts, the very ones who are at the forefront of all sorts of innovative and fascinating research projects aimed at helping humanity better understand and protect the nature around us. 

Come meet the experts, one Saturday a month 
The Up Close with an Expert series will give participants exceptional access to the researchers and experts, since groups will be limited to about 30 people. Visitors will be able to peek behind the scenes and learn about research or conservation projects, and ask questions about all the things they’ve always wanted to know. 

Schedule and topics 
There are four meetings scheduled for 2018, described briefly below. (In French only)

September 8: Acupuncture as a tool for treating animals 
Meet Christelle Roy-Corbin, a veterinarian with a unique background, and learn about the acupuncture and massage techniques and Chinese herbs that she combines with modern Western medicine to treat some of the elderly animals at the Biodôme. (at the Jardin botanique)

October 6: Biodiversity seen from the air 
Alizée Girard and Rosalie Beauchamp-Rioux, research students at the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale (IRBV), will explain their fieldwork and how they are looking at the way leaves react to light. Their research is part of a broad project to map Canadian plant biodiversity from the air. (at the Jardin botanique)

November 3: Meteorite hunters 
André Grandchamps, astronomer, entomological information representative and the person in charge of the meteorite collection at the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan, and Gaétan Cormier, meteorite dealer and amateur astronomer, will give visitors a peek into a little-known world and share the unusual stories of these extraterrestrial objects, and how they are tracked down and collected. (at the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan)

December 1: How social media helps discover new insects 
Stéphane Le Tirant, researcher and curator of the Insectarium’s scientific collection, collaborates with insect experts and enthusiasts around the world. An exceptional storyteller, he will explain how new insects are discovered. Look forward to fascinating explorations and surprises! (at the Jardin botanique)
Then, in 2019, four other encounters you won't want to miss:

January 12A new instrument for detecting exoplanets
(Olivier Hernandez, Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan)
February 2Saving Mingan thistle 
(Andrée Nault, Biodôme and Nancy Dénommée, Parks Canada)
March 2A second life for plants used for controlling pollution
(Frédéric Pitre, Jardin botanique)
April 6Research sets its sights on the North
(Maxim Larrivée, Insectarium and Alain Cuerrier, Jardin botanique)


Important: Space is limited, so buy your tickets online and reserve today.


Nature dwells within us
In 2018, Espace pour la vie is looking at the many ways of dwelling on our planet. It’s a source of inspiration for some, and a call to reflection and dialogue for others, leading to citizen-based initiatives. 


Montréal Space for Life is made up of four attractions on the same site: the Jardin botanique, Biodôme, Insectarium and Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan. These four prestigious municipal institutions form Canada's largest natural science museum complex. Together, they are launching a daring, creative urban movement, urging everyone to rethink the connection between humankind and nature and cultivate a new way of living.

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