Launch Events

  • Host a themed opening event with specialty cocktails, out-of-the-ordinary hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment, a preview of the Arctic Voices exhibit and special screenings of a film that complements the exhibit theme, such as Wonders of the Arctic.
  • Host a Speaker Series – Throughout the duration of the exhibition, immerse your audiences in the fascinating accounts of polar science and nature with a "Speaker Series". Consider polar explorers, biologists, botanists, etc. as well as an environmentalist to discuss climate change and its potential impact on the polar region – and your area. Bring in a speaker in conjunction with your media launch of the exhibition to generate additional visibility for your opening and be sure to have this person do the interview circuit. View a list of potential speakers.
  • Host a Science Café, with a group of panelists engaging in an informal discussion with the general public, preferably at a venue other than your facility. Topics may include:
    • Science in the Far North: How Will Climate Affect Health? Our changing climate affects us all, and the Far North will feel its impacts first and most robustly. We often think about climate's effects on our environments, but it is already having effects on another area: human health. How will climate change affect access to healthcare, to physical fitness opportunities, and to affordable, healthy food? Will changes in weather, water, and migration patterns make communities more susceptible to disease? What is being done to address these impacts, and what more can we do to ensure ourhealth in a changing climate?
    • Science in the Far North: Who Speaks for the Arctic? The uncertain future of the Arctic is a matter of pressing public concern, but most of us will never experience this changing landscape firsthand. Most of us must rely instead on information sent back to us by researchers, traditional knowledge holders, and documentarians. But whose stories are being told, and what kinds of images, data, and stories have the greatest impact on motivating public concern? How are scientific and traditional knowledge about the Far North being integrated? Who speaks for the Arctic: researchers, traditional inhabitants, polar bears, or politicians?
    • Closing Environmental Research Stations: What's The Impact? Headlines have been dominated by recent announcements of the closing and withdrawal of funding of several of Canada's leading environmental research stations, including the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) and Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Lab (PEARL). What is the public value of these research stations? What is the impact that these closures will have on the future of environmental science and policy in Canada?
    • Science in the Far North One of the most identifying and unifying features of the Arctic is ice, and the properties of ice and the ecosystems it supports are fundamental to understanding the Arctic now and in the future. The area of the Arctic that is covered by ice year round has dropped from nearly half to about 20%, with potentially grave consequences for the global climate.