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Perimeter Institute’s Quantum to Cosmos Festival will guide you through the strange world of subatomic particles and across the outer frontiers of the universe. The Festival’s three interconnected themes of Quantum, Cosmos, and Ideas for the Future will celebrate the power of human understanding and ingenuity – from our current scientific knowledge to anticipated innovations in the years ahead. Quantum to Cosmos (Q2C) will showcase fascinating topics in detail, such as new forms of quantum communication, scientific visualization, green technologies and the possibility of life on other planets.

Our extensive program of presentations, exhibits and cultural performances will offer 50 events to explore. These include activities featuring Stephen Hawking, Honorary Festival President, and displays such as the full-scale model of the next Mars Rover. Quantum to Cosmos transcends traditional on-site festivals by streaming events live online, facilitating virtual interaction with our exhibits, and providing special opportunities for school groups.

In the coming months, a worldwide Festival community will be cultivated online, connecting people and science through networking sites, blogs, and other social media.

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What is the Quantum World all about?

How did the universe begin?

Why does time go forward?

Will there be a base on Mars in my lifetime?

How can we make our future technology green?

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Canada's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is an independent, non-profit, scientific research organization where international scientists cluster to push the limits of our understanding of physical laws and develop new ideas about the very essence of space, time, matter and information. Located in Waterloo, Ontario, PI also provides a wide array of award winning outreach activities, including popular public lectures, in order to share the importance of research, discovery and innovation. In partnership with the Governments of Ontario and Canada, Perimeter Institute continues to be a successful example of private and public collaboration in scientific inquiry and education.

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"My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all."

Professor Stephen Hawking
Honorary Festival President