Media Advisory - Official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the Stephen Hawking Centre at Perimeter Institute on September 17

The official grand opening and ribbon cutting of the Stephen Hawking Centre at Perimeter Institute will take place on Saturday, September 17th at 2:45 pm ET.

WATERLOO, ON, Sept. 13, 2011 - The official grand opening and ribbon cutting of the Stephen Hawking Centre at Perimeter Institute will take place on Saturday, September 17th at 2:45 pm ET.

Stephen Hawking, PI Distinguished Research Chair, will join Neil Turok, PI Director, and dignitaries via video for the official grand opening. Other research, training, and outreach special announcements will follow.  

Date:        September 17, 2011

Time:          2:45 pm to 3:45 pm ET

Location:   Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics                  

31 Caroline St. N                  

Waterloo, ON   N2L2Y5  

Advance Media Registration

Advance media registration for is required by 12:00 pm ET on Friday, September 16th.  

Please contact RJ Taylor at rtaylor[at]pitp[dot]ca, or 519-569-7600 x5371 regarding media registration, your camera requirements, booking of audio feed, parking for satellite trucks, and other logistics. Media are required to present credentials onsite.

Media parking onsite is limited to satellite trucks and must be arranged in advance. Media may park nearby at the Museum Lot, accessible via Father David Bauer Drive.

About the Grand Opening Celebrations of the Stephen Hawking Centre at Perimeter Institute Over 10,000 people are expected to explore the all new research complex - and the mysteries and wonders of our universe -from September 16th to 18th through a series of special events, self-guided tours of the 55,000 square foot expansion, interactive exhibits, PI Public Lectures and many opportunities to chat with Perimeter's international scientists. Special guests will participate in the activities, including string theorist Brian Greene, Canadian Astronaut Julie Payette, cognitive neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe, science historian George Dyson, robotics engineer Hod Lipson and more.

The weekend's activities will culminate with the exclusive world-broadcast premiere of "Stephen Hawking: The Power of Ideas" airing Sunday, September 18th at 8 pm ET on TVO.

The Grand Opening of the Stephen Hawking Centre at Perimeter Institute is made possible by BMO Financial Group, presenting media partner TVO, Christie Digital, and many valued public and private partners. Activities are being held in conjunction with Doors Open Waterloo Region the same weekend. Visit for more details, fact sheets, photos and ongoing updates.

About Perimeter Institute

Perimeter Institute is the world’s largest research hub devoted to theoretical physics. The independent Institute was founded in 1999 to foster breakthroughs in the fundamental understanding of our universe, from the smallest particles to the entire cosmos. Research at Perimeter is motivated by the understanding that fundamental science advances human knowledge and catalyzes innovation, and that today’s theoretical physics is tomorrow’s technology. Located in the Region of Waterloo, the not-for-profit Institute is a unique public-private endeavour, including the Governments of Ontario and Canada, that enables cutting-edge research, trains the next generation of scientific pioneers, and shares the power of physics through award-winning educational outreach and public engagement.

For more information, contact:

Director of Communications & Media
519-569-7600 x4474