Perimeter Institute Announces BrainSTEM: Your Future is Now Festival Schedule

Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics invites the public to imagine, discover, and innovate with new one-of-a-kind scientific celebration from Sept. 30 to Oct. 6.

Canada's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is pleased to announce the schedule for BrainSTEM: Your Future Is Now Festival.

From Sept. 30 to Oct. 6, this one-of-a-kind scientific celebration will connect the public with the latest and most intriguing technological innovations through a series of hands-on exhibits, lectures, events, and tours. A

s a vital part of Perimeter Institute's mandate to share the power and wonders of science, the BrainSTEM festival will provide students and the general public with opportunities to chat with interactive robots, test wireless electricity prototypes, try on a mind control helmet, explore cutting-edge quantum technologies, and much more.

The Perimeter Institute is also pleased to announce a series of fascinating public lectures delivered by three renowned experts at the forefront of science and education:

  • Lucy Hawking, daughter of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and author of the series of George Books
  • James Grime, British mathematician and renowned expert on WWII codebreaker Alan Turing and the Enigma Machine
  • Raymond Laflamme, founding member of the Perimeter Institute and Executive Director of the University of Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing.

Lectures will be held in the Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas at Perimeter Institute and live streamed online. Perimeter Institute will also present Science in the Club with Matt Parker, who will perform his unique blend of math and comedy that takes audiences on a hilarious journey through the world of numbers.

Furthermore, Perimeter is offering special weekday programming for secondary school students through class visits. These sessions will showcase cutting-edge technologies to connect the dots between discovery, innovation, and imagination, further linking these to entrepreneurialism and the skills required to excel in future careers.

"At the heart of the BrainSTEM festival lies an opportunity to encourage young people to explore science and innovation through a range of demonstrations and exhibits," said Greg Dick, Perimeter's Director of Educational Outreach. "It is through events like BrainSTEM that we can foster learning and a passion for STEM subjects with next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and problem solvers across Ontario."

Event Schedule and Programming

Perimeter Institute welcomes everyone to visit and explore its world-class facility during this weeklong celebration of science and innovation. For more information, and to request tickets for public tours, events, lectures, and more, visit

When: Monday, September 30 to Sunday, October 6, 2013
Where: Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics 31 Caroline Street North Waterloo, ON N2L 2Y5

Support and Media Partners

BrainSTEM: Your Future Is Now Festival is presented by Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics with the support and leadership of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev). FedDev Ontario recognizes and supports the need for a vibrant science, technology, engineering, and mathematics community closely linked to the world of business and entrepreneurs.

As the presenting media partner for the festival, TVO will broadcast The Agenda with Steve Paikin, live from Perimeter's Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas.

Concurrent Event

The Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI), a partnership with Perimeter Institute and the University of Waterloo, presents the Equinox Summit: Learning 2030 from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3, 2013. The Summit will gather experts from around the world to explore best practices and promising initiatives in education to propose practical recommendations to build a school for the 21st century.

This highly focused international conference will facilitate constructive engagement between a host of multidisciplinary experts and young leaders while engaging the public via lectures, plenaries, and online presentations encompassing social, economic, and policy considerations - aimed at informing, advising and inspiring science and technology influencers, industry leaders, and governments globally. For more info visit

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.

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