Eureka! Festival

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About the project Edit

The Eureka! Festival is a tremendous celebration of science aimed at a large audience. The goal of this event is to promote the accessibility, diversity, richness, and extraordinary creativity of a wide variety of science activities. The Eureka! Festival presents science in an entertaining and educational way. The event is free, which brings together a large number number of science professionals and the people who experience science in their daily lives. More than a hundred unique activities, developed and hosted by people passionate about science and technology are offered every year. It is an invitation to discover, experiment, ask questions, and discuss.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Though the Montreal region may be well- known in the national and international scientific community for its richness and vitality in high-tech sectors of science and technology, opportunities to promote them in a public setting are rare. A science festival is a tool for economic development that stimulates the curiosity of young and old, promotes and values the science, technology, and innovations of Montreal, and brings together science professionals and the people who experience science in their daily lives.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Festivals are a form of media that attract a large audience, young and old, enthusiast and neophyte, and kindle an interest in science—whether it be in careers in the sciences for young people or social issues raised by science for adults.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Montreal is known and renowned for its festivals. Montrealers take pride in these events. Drawing inspiration from the extraordinary development of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, the CRÉ de Montréal and the Montréal Science Centre created the Eureka! Festival. The former was created during a time when few Montrealers listened to jazz and is now a pre-eminent international event and major tourist attraction for Montreal. The Eureka! Festival team is hoping to create the conditions necessary to generate this kind of enthusiasm for science and innovation. The specific theme of the festival means that it can depend on the support of the city of Montreal which, for several years, has been focussing on science and technology sectors to stimulate economic development. Thus, the Eureka! Festival is strategically placed at the crossroads of two of Montreal’s major strengths: the tourism and festival industries and the science and innovation sector. The event makes a contribution to the network of Montreal festivals and adds to the efforts to promote scientific tourism in the region already being put forth by institutions like the Planetarium, the Biodome, the Botanical Gardens, the Insectarium, and the Biosphere. These initiatives are overflowing with enriching content that will attract tourists with a thirst for knowledge.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

This project is part of the Montréal, ville apprenante, de savoir et d’innovation de la Conférence régionale des élus (CRÉ) de Montréal. The goal of this initiative is to mobilize the community around the development of research, innovation, and conditions that favour creativity. To achieve this goal, one of the objectives is to encourage the general public to embrace science and technology. This means that scientists, instructors, young people, and the general public must participate more actively in sharing scientific and technical knowledge.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

The Eureka! Festival has adopted a horizontal management style. The event has always benefited from a high level of engagement from all its partners in the Montreal region’s science and technologies sector. The goal is to encourage activity presenters to take even more ownership of the event, making Eureka! “their” science festival. To achieve this goal, the festival team asks presenters to contribute their expertise to the development of activities and to offer activities other than their kiosks or to contribute financially.


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