Canada: Science under the stars in Montreal

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020
Karine Cohen-Scali, National Chair of Weizmann Canada’s Women in Science Committee, on the big screen

Karine Cohen-Scali, National Chair of Weizmann Canada’s Women in Science Committee, on the big screen

On August 5, Weizmann Canada hosted ‘Movie Under the Stars!’ at a Montreal drive-in movie venue with a screening of The Imitation Game. The historical film centers on pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing and Joan Clarke, who together saved countless lives as codebreakers during World War II.

Turing’s legacy remains alive today through the Turing Award—known as the “Nobel Prize of computing”. Three Weizmann scientists have received the prestigious annual prize: Prof. Amir Pnueli (1996), Prof. Adi Shamir (2002) and Prof. Shafi Goldwasser (2013). Prof. Goldwasser is one of only three women to have received the Turing Award in its history.

The socially distanced event was presented by Weizmann Canada’s Women and Science committee, which is focused on empowering, celebrating, and promoting women in science. Karine Cohen-Scali, the committee’s National Chair, kicked off the event by reflecting on the critical role science has played in the pandemic and the impact it has had on women on the frontlines.

The sold-out night was a resounding success, with all attendees receiving Weizmann Canada’s ‘Science speaks louder than words’ masks safely.