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December 15, 2021 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Global Affairs Canada

As part of Knowledge and Learning Week at Expo 2020 Dubai, the Canada Pavilion is unveiling a new outdoor exhibition, Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), which celebrates the accomplishments of women in STEM.

In partnership with Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation – the graphic art portraits honour the leadership of innovators, researchers and scientists throughout history, and their greatest contributions to date in resolving pressing challenges in areas like cancer research, Arctic issues, climate change, and accessibility rights. The exhibit celebrates equity, diversity and inclusivity within the STEM fields.

Among the inspired women featured in the exhibition are genetic genius Lihadh Al-Gazali, Professor of Clinical Genetics at United Arab Emirates University, and Hind A. Al-Abadleh, Professor of Chemistry and Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry, Air Quality and Climate Change who also grew up and graduated in the UAE. Visitors to the exhibition will also learn about Canada’s first female astronaut, the first woman in the world to receive a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering, a female Canadian entrepreneur who is raising awareness of disability issues and more.

The exhibition forms part of Canada’s educational showcase at Expo 2020 Dubai’s Knowledge and Learning Week and will be displayed in the Canada Pavilion’s forecourt until the middle of January.

“Women from Canada and around the world have made such important contributions in STEM fields throughout history, and, with this exhibition, we are celebrating the strength and intellectual power of a number of these trailblazing women. By showcasing the notion ‘if I can see her, I can be her,’ this exhibition is helping us break down implicit gender biases that lead us to think that only men are successful in STEM.”

  • Marie-Geneviève Mounier, Commissioner General for Canada at Expo 2020 Dubai

There are 60 posters available on Ingenium’s Women in STEM website. The Canada Pavilion’s exhibition at Expo 2020 Dubai showcases a selection of 13 posters in total, which can be downloaded here.

The past 15 years have seen significant growth in the number of Middle Eastern students choosing to complete their education in Canada. From K-12 studies to language schools, colleges and universities, Students find quality education across all levels. With 8 universities in the top tier of international rankings, Canada continues to grow as the preferred choice for tens of thousands of students from across the Middle East who appreciate the added value of an internationally recognized education in broadening career opportunities.

Quick facts:

  • In 2020, over 730,000 international students chose Canada as their study destination.
  • Canada ranks first place globally for quality of life (S. News & World Report, 2021).
  • Canada ranks third among the world’s best countries to start a career (CEOWORLD Magazine, 2020)
  • Canada ranks fourth among the world’s best countries for international students (CEOWORLD Magazine, 2021).
  • Canada is an affordable option. Tuition fees are generally lower than colleges and universities in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States (QS Top Universities, 2018).

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Canada at Expo 2020 Dubai

“Canada’s Expo 2020 theme, The Future in Mind, serves as a platform to promote opportunities for trade, investment, education, tourism and immigration, from across Canada’s provinces, territories and cities, and throughout all sectors of society. Canada’s participation highlights Canadian leadership in key sectors, including artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, education, digitization, telemedicine, clean technology, agriculture, health sciences, aerospace and more. Canada’s approach to Expo 2020 Dubai is inspired by our core values of diversity, inclusion, human rights and gender equality as the foundation to building a prosperous and inclusive nation.”

Global Affairs Canada

“We define, shape and advance Canada’s interests and values in a complex global environment. We manage diplomatic relations, promote international trade and provide consular support. We lead international development, humanitarian, and peace and security assistance efforts. We also contribute to national security and the development of international law.”

About Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation

Ingenium oversees three national museums of science and innovation in Ottawa – the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum— and the new lngenium Centre, which houses an exceptional collection, research institute, and digital innovation lab.

lngenium takes science engagement to the next level by co-creating participatory experiences, acting as community hubs and connectors, helping Canadians contribute to solving global challenges, and creating a collective impact which extends far beyond the physical spaces of our museums.

Ingenium is a vital link between science and society. Our engaging digital content, outreach programs, travelling exhibitions, and collaborative spaces help to educate, entertain, and engage audiences across Canada and around the world.




Jennifer Cook
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