TVO and Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics announce new five-year partnership

TVO and Ontario's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics are pleased to announce a new five-year partnership, making TVO the exclusive presenting media partner for the Perimeter Institute's international science-themed events and popular public lecture series.

TVO and Perimeter Institute partner to make science more accessible in Ontario

TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2011 - TVO and Ontario's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics are pleased to announce a new five-year partnership, making TVO the exclusive presenting media partner for the Perimeter Institute's international science-themed events and popular public lecture series.

TVO and Perimeter Institute share a belief that building scientific literacy is fundamental to a sustainable and prosperous future.

Perimeter Institute brings together the brightest scientific minds in the world to share their ideas and TVO has the media toolkit to make those ideas more accessible," said Lisa de Wilde, Chief Executive Officer of TVO. "Working together we can open up new worlds in science for Ontarians of all ages."

The role of science is pivotal in advancing our world, and is why Perimeter Institute and TVO are intensifying efforts to share the joys of research, discovery and innovation," said Neil Turok, Perimeter's Director. "We are delighted to be working with the team at TVO, our like-minded and highly motivated partner in science communications."

The new partnership builds on a successful history of engaging TVO's on-air, online and on-location audiences with the top scientific minds that converge at Perimeter.  The two Ontario-based organizations have successfully collaborated on the Quantum to Cosmos: Ideas for the Future science festival in 2009; Hawking at the Perimeter in 2010; and the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 in 2011. TVO also aired the award-winning Quantum Tamers: Revealing Our Weird & Wired Future, from Perimeter Institute.

This new partnership kicks off with a special TVO broadcast from the Grand Opening of the Stephen Hawking Centre at Perimeter Institute. Stephen Hawking: The Power of Ideas will air on TVO on Sunday September 18 at 8 p.m. ET.  Program details include:

•  A tribute to Professor Hawking

•  Celebrations from the grand opening of the Hawking Centre

•  A mini-documentary and a panel discussion scheduled to include: Neil Turok, leading cosmologist and Director of Perimeter Institute; Brian Green, string theorist, author and noted science communicator; Julie Payette, Canadian astronaut and Rebecca Saxe, cognitive neuroscientist

•  Comments from Professor Hawking himself, and tributes about his inspirational life story from famous Canadians including Rick Hansen, David Foster and William Shatner

In tandem with the tribute to Professor Hawking and a public open house at Perimeter Institute, will also live stream four special one-hour public lectures from Perimeter's "Theatre of Ideas" on Sunday, September 18 starting at 10:00 am.  The speakers and topics include:

10 a.m. George Dyson, science historian and author, on the origins of the digital universe 

12 p.m. Hod Lipson, Director of the Computational Synthesis Lab at Cornell University, on the rise of programmable matter and the future of "3D printers" 

2 p.m.  Natalia Toro, Faculty at Perimeter Institute, on the world's most ambitious scientific experiment, the Large Hadron Collider

4 p.m.  Julie Payette, astronaut from the Canadian Space Agency, with perspectives from the International Space Station on scientific research and international diplomacy 

TVOKids and will also be part of Perimeter Institute's Physica Phantastica science exhibit during the grand opening on September 18th. In addition to Perimeter's family-friendly physics activities - including Memory Metal, the Hawking Radiation Playbook and Black Hole in a Bucket - kids will have the opportunity to try out science games.  And parents can learn from the team members about the TVOKids Homework Zone and other resources that can help equip their children for success in science, math and literacy.

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