Open House at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute: A Sweeping Success!
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the Maurice Lamontagne Institute opened its doors to the general public from October 12 to 15. The event was a resounding success, with staff welcoming more than 3,750 visitors of all ages.
Visitors were presented with 29 stations showcasing a wide range of scientific activities grouped under the themes of conservation, protection, research and innovation. The experts were delighted and enthusiastic about the opportunity to present their work and to answer numerous questions from a crowd of people eager to learn. Throughout the event, visitors were able to listen to marine mammal sounds, hold benthic organisms, look at zooplankton under a microscope, visit a laboratory measuring the effects of water acidification, see examples of fishing gear and a scientific buoy, and tour ships in the ship hall. Advanced techniques were presented on hydroacoustics, imaging, genetics, respirometry, oceanography and hydrography.
We would like to highlight the excellent work of event coordinator Sylvie Roy, supported by a dynamic coordinating committee. Together, they managed to mobilize hundreds of volunteers and staff from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard to organize several school group tours and to provide an unforgettable experience to the countless visitors. Congratulations to the entire team for the success of this event. This open house has allowed us to fully achieve our objective of making our work visible and promoting our activities to the public. You never know... perhaps some of the young people whose eyes lit up as they discovered the wonders of marine science will one day join our ranks!