Weizmann Canada recently found a creative way to have an in-person, physically distanced event.
On August 5, they hosted ‘Movie under the stars!’ at a Montreal drive-in movie venue with a screening of The Imitation Game. The film features pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) and Joan Clarke (played by Keira Knightley), who together saved countless lives as codebreakers during World War II.
Turing’s legacy remains alive today through what is known as the ‘Nobel Prize of Computing’ – the Turing Award. Three Weizmann scientists have received the prestigious award including 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 event was presented by Weizmann Canada’s Women for Science who empower, celebrate and promote women in science. Karine Cohen-Scali, Women for Science national chair, kicked off the evening by reflecting on the critical role science has played in this pandemic and the impact it has had on women in the frontlines.
The sold-out night was a resounding success, with all attendees receiving Weizmann Canada’s ‘Science speaks louder than words’ masks, so that the community could interact safely.