Julie Bolduc-Duval receives the 2020 Qilak Award from the Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA)

CRAQ member Julie Bolduc-Duval is the recipient of the CASCA Qilak Award in 2020.

Julie Bolduc-Duval has worked in the field of education and public outreach of astronomy for almost 20 years. Her love for scientific communication began at ASTROLab du Mont-Mégantic where she worked there one summer before flying to Western Canada for her university studies in physics and astronomy. After working a few years as a science educator at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Victoria, she came back to Quebec and taught at the college level. In 2010, she initiated the “Discovering the Universe” program to support teachers and animators in their teaching of astronomy. The resources and formations she developed help thousands of elementary and high-school teachers every year across Canada as well as internationally. Convinced of the importance of scientific literacy in our society, Julie is also involved in various committees and organizations promoting science, both at the provincial and national level.

About the Qilak Award

The Qilak award was developed jointly by the Beyond International Year of Astronomy group (a collaboration of CASCA, the FAAQ and the RASC). The Qilak Award recognizes individual Canadian residents, or teams of residents, who have made an outstanding contribution either to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy in Canada, or to informal astronomy education in Canada. One goal the award is to promote such activities among the members of the sponsoring organizations.

It is with great pride that the CRAQ congratulates Julie Bolduc-Duval for this prestigious honor.

Robert Lamontagne
Media relation and public outreach
Centre de recherche en astrophysique du Québec
Phone : (438) 495-3482