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Humans have an innate curiosity about the nature of the universe around them. We offer engaging and interactive events as well as online resources to answer current questions and inspire new ones!

 

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Travel back in time! Browse our past events including multi-day festivals, nationwide tours, online experiences and more.

This interactive, year-long celebration of Canadian innovation offered opportunities for youth, families, and communities across the country to explore Canadian innovations of the past and discover the innovations that will drive our future.

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In 2017, The Power of Ideas tour zigzagged its way across Canada to inspire the next generation of hackers, makers, doers, and thinkers – no matter where they called home.

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Audiences can practically reach out and touch colliding quantum particles and massive churning galaxies in the stunning 3D illusion created by Secrets of the Universe, a documentary coming soon to a giant screen near you.

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The MegaMenger project, created in part by Matt Parker (a hilarious “standup mathematician” and a friend of Perimeter Institute), was a distributed worldwide fractal build that took place from October 20-26, 2014.

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For seven days in October 2013, the BrainSTEM Festival connected remarkable technological innovations to the scientific breakthroughs that make them possible. The festival featured highly interactive science-centre style exhibits, special presentations, public lectures, Science in the Club events, and self-guided building tours.

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With the 2011 opening of Perimeter’s expanded facilities, named after the inspiring physicist, Perimeter held three days of tours, exhibits, public lectures, and other events.

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From June 5 to 9, 2011, Perimeter hosted the Waterloo Global Science Initiative, an ambitious undertaking to reboot the global conversation on energy and explore how cutting edge science and technology may advance an electrified and sustainable future.

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Perimeter’s 10th anniversary was marked in October 2009 with one of the largest, most comprehensive science outreach events in Canada, which included lectures, panel discussions, pub talks and cultural activities. Be inspired by science and theoretical physics as you watch and listen to lectures and presentations from this event.

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In 2005, Perimeter celebrated the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s miracle year of 1905 by hosting a three-week festival. Watch and listen to all the compelling lectures and engaging debates that were part of this event.

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Perimeter opened its building in 2004 with a series of public lectures and gala presentations, among other community activities. Watch and listen to the compelling lectures that were part of this event.

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