Huggins seminar goes green, features live broadcast

Acadia University's Huggins High School Science Seminar is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a special twist: this year's seminar, to be held on May 6-7, features a comprehensive 'green' theme.  During the seminar, "Motivating Change for a Greener Canada," leading experts will share the latest green innovations and research in energy, food production, and behavior modification with Grade 10-12 students from across Atlantic Canada.  Using what they learn from the lectures, students will work in groups to create a plan to effect positive changes in their school or community.

"The Huggins High School Science seminar is one of the university's most cherished annual events," says Dr. Tom Herman, Acadia's vice-president, academic.  "For 25 years, it's provided a unique forum for discussion and interaction between scientists and high school students.  With this year's 'Motivating Change' theme, we're trying to help the next generation of scientists and leaders foster positive environmental change within their own community.  It's one of the most important issues the seminar has ever explored."

The two-day seminar provides the high school students with a fun and immersive environment in which to learn.  Students will stay in residence and enjoy a number of Acadia venues and experiences as they participate in the interactive lectures and other activities, including numerous displays from Acadia science departments.

An innovative addition to this year's proceedings is a live, publicly available online video broadcast.  A featured lecture from Acadia's Dr. Edith Callaghan, "Following Through on Good Intentions: Behaviour Change for Sustainability," will be broadcast live and free of charge to schools, the Acadia community, and the general public.  In her presentation, Dr. Callaghan explores social marketing and behavior modification, and focuses on how students can effect positive behavior and social changes. 

"Dr. Callaghan's lecture touches on a particularly important topic, which is how we can encourage others to adopt positive change," explains Dr. Herman.  "Fostering change for sustainability is important to all of us as we try to improve our communities, and we're excited to share these ideas with a larger audience."     

To register or learn more about the seminar or live video contact Open Acadia:



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