Vividly coloured illustration of characters nurturing giant exotic flowers. Text in French: "Acfas Activités Science-Moi!"

Science-Moi! activities

The 2024 program is coordinated with the University of Ottawa and partner organizations. The events listed here are free and open to the public. Conference registration is not required to attend.

Bird's eye view of a forest

La preuve par l’image

Free event

Looking at science through a different lens, using images instead of words. This original idea was launched in 2010 by the ACFAS through its "La preuve par l'image" competition. Taking place at the Canadian Tulip Festival during the 91st Annual ACFAS Conference, come and admire these true works of scientific art as seen through the eyes of researchers.

Date: Starting on Friday 10 May 2024 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: Commissioners Park, corner of Preston Street and the Queen Elizabeth Expressway, Ottawa (Ontario), K1S 4N7

Illustration of head silhouettes with music and wellness icons

Musique et mieux-être

Free event. Registration required.

How can a participatory music activity have a real impact on health and wellness? Why are we seeing the integration of artists and educators in health care? We invite you to join scientists, educators and musicians, including up and coming talent, to discover the importance of community music programs for hearing-impaired persons, seniors and Indigenous people. Please register for this free event.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: École secondaire publique De La Salle, 501 Old St. Patrick Street, 2nd floor, Ottawa, ON K1N 8R3

Women scientists presenting their research on the street


Free event

Women scholars at various locations in the city welcome us to discuss their research and daily lives, but especially, to listen to our questions and hear us talk about our experience with scholarship. The activity will extend over Major’s Hill Park, the National Gallery of Canada plaza, the Canadian Museum of History and the Alexandra Bridge. Like the loudspeakers this event is named for, these researchers will give a voice to scholarship, in all disciplines, throughout the day.

Date: Sunday, May 12, 2024 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Walking trail between the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of History, via the Alexandra Bridge

Cartoon excerpt by Martin Patenaude-Monette

Des bulles pour ma santé

Free event. Registration required.

Explore the future of virtual healthcare with us in this creative brainstorming activity. Discover how comics talk about research and take a journey into the world of digital health technologies. You can take part in a "créa-fiction" workshop to imagine the virtual care of the future, let your creativity flow through our interactive fresco, and share your ideas and debates in a participatory chat. Please register for this free event.

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2024 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location: LabO, Studio LBO1202, 10 Daly Street, Ottawa (Ontario), K1N 6E2

Purple tulip

Une nuit dans les tulipes

Free event

Once upon a time, in the heart of the city of Ottawa, on a starry night and in the intimacy of the most magical spring festival, there were a few passionate researchers. Against a backdrop of tulips, we embark on a journey from the visible realm to the infinitely small, spellbound by their stories and well-chosen words. The invisible is revealed, the magic happens and emotions surge in the midst of this field of knowledge...

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2024 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Canadian Tulip Festival - in front of the projection screen at Preston and Queen Elizabeth Streets

Woman presenting at the MT-180 event

Finale nationale MT180

Free event. Registration required.

The Ma thèse en 180 secondes (MT180) competition gives PhD students the opportunity to present their research topic in simple terms. Each student is asked to give a clear, concise yet convincing presentation of his or her research project in three minutes. Come and cheer on the twenty or so finalists from across Canada! Registration is free and compulsory.

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Alumni Auditorium - University Centre, Jock Turcot Building, University of Ottawa Campus, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5

Roseann O'Reilly Runte, Teodor Verez, Marie-Odile Junker and Frédéric Bouchard

Le pouvoir des idées

Free event. Registration required.

Get ready for an electrifying discussion with three distinguished innovators featured in Canadians Who Innovate: The Trailblazers and Ideas That Are Changing the World, written by Roseann O'Reilly Runte, President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation. During the event, distinguished panelists will share their inspiring journeys, offering an in-depth look at the myriad challenges they've overcome and the groundbreaking achievements they've accomplished. Please register for this free event.

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2024 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Location: National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5W1

Poster for the radio show "Les années lumières"

Les années lumière

Free event. Registration required.

Les années lumière is ICI Radio-Canada's leading radio program on science news and culture. Come and watch the live recording of the show!

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2024

Location: University of Ottawa

More information coming soon.

Chloé Savard, aka Tardibabe, beside a microscopic image of a tardigrade

Un vendredi avec Tardi!

Free event for kids. Registration required.

This activity is reserved for young students (compulsory registration form to be completed by teachers).

Chloé Savard, aka Tardibabe, will show us what's invisible to the naked eye. Extraordinary organisms will be revealed through the lens of her microscope. Some of these organisms, like the tardigrade, live in extreme environments. What is an extreme environment? How do they live there? This online activity is also an opportunity to learn about Chloé Savard's professional journey as a microbiologist and artist, in science and science communication. 

Date: Friday, May 17, 2024 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Location: Online

If you require accommodation, please contact the event host as soon as possible.
Date and time
May 10, 2024 to May 17, 2024
All day
Format and location
In person, Virtual
University Square
All events are in French only
General public
Organized by
Research and innovation
Special activity
The Honourable Michelle O'Bonsawin, Supreme Court Judge of Canada
Special activity
May 15

Psychiatrie légale : Une conversation avec l’honorable Michelle O’Bonsawin

Supreme Court justice, Michelle O'Bonsawin, on the stigma faced by people with mental health issues when accused or convicted of criminal offences.
Special activity
Young women gathered in a study space
Special activity
May 15

Femmes et francophones dans l’environnement scientifique

This roundtable will bring together four women speaking about their careers, challenges and pleasure in working as francophone scholars.
Special activity
Graphic of hands pointing to pieces of a pie chart
Special activity
May 16

La diplomatie scientifique dans l’espace francophone

A discussion on what science diplomacy actually is, its issues and practices, and the challenges it raises for the scientific community.