PUBLIC AWARENESS EDUCATION PROGRAMS
OF THE SCIENCES & HUMANITIES - TECHNOLOGY & GLOBAL BIOETHICS
of Forum UNESCO
and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Activities & Initiatives
Canadian International Youth Forums (ScienceSpheres)
International Youth Network for the Advancement of the Sciences, Humanities and Global Bioethics (IYNet)
Partners in Education
A Global Perspective
Resources & Links
Canadian & International
Sciences & Humanities
Background. The innovative Public Awareness Education Programs were established in 1979 for the purpose of raising public awareness of the sciences and engineering. Through diverse partnerships and dedicated individuals the free community programs supported the former ‘Engineering Week’ from 1986 to 1992, served as a model and were instrumental in the establishment of National Science and Technology Week in 1989, and the Festival of Engineering in 1992. It was renamed National Engineering Week in 1994, concentrating on raising public awareness of the role of engineers in society and to promote the engineering profession in Canada.
Since 1994, new, transdisciplinary Public Awareness Education Programs were established by the Canadian International Institute of the Sciences and Humanities and partners in education. They provide the opportunity for students (high school, college, university) and educators (teachers, parents, guidance counselors, student teachers), as well as the general public to discuss inter-discplinary ideas and perspectives in the sciences, research, engineering innovation and the development of new technologies. At the same time, the programs establish important transdisciplinary linkages with the humanities, the branches of learning that sustain creativity, social thought, ethics and the values we rely upon as a society.
The innovative, transdisciplinary, career development Canadian International Youth Forums (ScienceSpheres) were founded, with an emphasis on reaching the youth of Canada. The significance of the youth forums increased in 1997 with the cancellation of National Science & Technology Week. PAEP provided necessary continuity with its successful programs.
Culminating out of this, Public Awareness Education Programs of the Sciences & Humanities, Technology & Global Bioethics (PAEP) was founded in 2000 as a new millennium project. PAEP is a registered non-profit, charitable, educational organization.
Selected PAEP Highlights
1994. Under the theme, “Exploring New Ways of Knowing - New Ideas and Perspectives in Science,” the first Canadian International Youth Forum was inaugurated at the Ontario Science Centre by distinguished contributors,
1996. We discussed the idea of establishing the Youth Association for the Advancement of Science, Innovation and Technology (YAASIT/Sciberlink) with Michael Smith (1993 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry). He was very enthusiastic about this project and volunteered to obtain input from among his fellow Nobel Laureates and colleagues. Michael Smith (1932-2000) was one of our first Canadian International Youth Forum speakers in 1994, and also a member of the PAEP Advisory Council.
2001. The YAASIT/SciberLink project was introduced at the 2001 Canadian International Youth Forum (ScienceSphere) under the theme, “Preparing Youth for the 21st Century – Linking New Ideas to New Knowledge for New Skills and Careers.” The inauguration at the Ontario Science Centre was marked by the contributions of York University student Jennifer Corriero, and distinguished scientists of the University of Toronto, including,
A message from the Rt. Hon. Lester B. Pearson and the Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien.