Ten top young scientists from Ontario and Québec represented Canada at the MILSET Expo-Sciences International from September 13-19 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The biennial event, which featured over 1,500 participants from 65 countries in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, welcomed over 30,000 visitors, including students, members of the general public, and special guests. Canada's Ambassador to the UAE, Arif Lalani (centre in photo), met the team and visited each of their projects. A record of his visit is featured on the embassy's Facebook page.
In addition to presenting their projects, and participating in an evening of cultural presentations by each participating country, the team visited the spectacular Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, local souks (bazaar-type stalls) for shopping, and spent a day at the Ferrari World theme park - all in daytime temperatures that ranged from 35 to 40 degrees Celsius and high humidity.
Youth Science Canada sent two students: Yassine Bouanane of Laval, Québec (far right in photo) was selected as the winner of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO - Science for Peace and Development (MILSET ESI) Award at CWSF 2012 in Charlottetown; Kyle Potts of Barrie, Ontario (far left in photo) was the award winner at CWSF 2013 in Lethbridge. The remaining eight team members - also CWSF 2012 and 2013 finalists - were selected by Conseil du développement du loisir scientifique (CDLS) at the Québec Super Expo-Sciences (provincial science fairs) in 2012 and 2013: Lina Bensaïdane, Olivier Cloutier, Benoit Corriveau, David Drouin, Marc-Antoine Georgiev, Kamille LeClair, John Marinos, and Ian Vaillancourt.
MILSET (Mouvement International pour le Loisir Scientifique et Technique), the International Movement for Leisure Activities in Science and Technology, is a non-governmental, non-profit and politically independent youth organization, which aims to develop scientific culture in young people through the organization of science and technology programs, including science fairs, science camps, congresses and other high quality activities. Youth Science Canada and CDLS jointly represent Canada and both have elected members on its Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
The MILSET organization was founded during the first Expo-Sciences International, held in Québec City in 1987.