Hosted by Pierre Chastenay, Ph.D., Professor of Science Education at UQAM as well as a highly-recognized popularizer of science and renowned speaker, this evening brought together more than 230 astrophysics and astronomy enthusiasts of the Québec region.
The event acted as an opportunity for them to learn more about the most recent advances in astrophysics, delivered in an accessible and interactive format. Participants had the chance to hear from:
As a research associate at the Institute for Research on Exoplanets (IREX) at Université de Montréal, Loïc Albert spoke about the search for exoplanets, their atmospheric chemical composition and potential for life.
The Director General of the Herzberg Astronomy(HAA) and Astrophysics Research Centre talked about the advances in optical instruments that changed our view of the universe. He went into more details on the Thirty Meter Telescope (under development) for which HAA is a significant contributor.
Professor Shoemaker, senior research scientist at MIT Kavli Institute and official spokesperson for LIGO Scientific Collaboration, explained how newly detected gravitational waves are unveiling a new era in astrophysics investigation.
The event also allowed local contributions to the field to be showcased, thanks to our exhibitors: ABB, the Centre d’optique, photonique et laser, the Vega Astronomy Club of Cap-Rouge, the Department of Physics of Université Laval and Teraxion.