CREATIVE THINKER, connector, space scientist
CREATIVE THINKER, connector, space scientist
A talented connector of networks, Marianne has the rare experience of managing teams and collaborating at the intersection of academic, industrial, governmental, and community stakeholders. She has dedicated her career to sharing her passion for science and space exploration through innovative public engagement, participatory education, planetary science research, and science communication. Currently the Managing Director of Earth & Space / Fossils & Evolution at the Royal Ontario Museum, she leads multidisciplinary, collaborative teams with a mission to help people understand the Earth, our solar system and how life evolved over time.
As part of her mission to make education accessible and engaging, Marianne co-founded STEAMLabs, a non-profit community makerspace. STEAMLabs is located in Toronto's Centre for Social Innovation, and acts as a creative hub where people of different ages and abilities come together to learn and create using digital fabrication, coding, and more.
A leader in the space industry with over 13 years of research and field experience, Marianne has worked with the Canadian Space Agency, NASA, and MDA (Canada's largest space company). She has been a Visiting Lecturer at the International Space University, and her education includes a PhD in Planetary Science, MSc in Space Studies, and an MSc in Earth Sciences.
- Commander Chris Hadfield
TIFF's 2016 Trek Talks included a roundtable discussion on Star Trek, and how science can inspire art and art can inspire science. - See more at: http://www.startrek.com/article/watch-bridging-science-the-arts-trek-talk#sthash.HHi0uUP6.dpuf . Marianne was a featured Guest Speaker on the Bridging Science & the Arts roundtable, along with Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen and Sonny Kohli, co-founder of Cloud DX.
A highly competitive selection process, astronauts are modern-day explorers that support space missions. Marianne progressed to the final 1% of the 2009 Canadian astronaut selection process out of a total of 5,300 applicants.
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto (2018)
Chairs and participates in national space agency review committees
Board Member: STEAMLabs not-for-profit (2010 - Present)
Board of Advisors: Toronto Space Apps (2016 - Present)
Board of Advisors: SEDS-Canada (2017 - Present)
Founding Member: Mozilla Hive Toronto (2012 - Present)
Selected Member of Founding Class (Only Canadian), NASA Datanaut Program (2015)
Board Member, Board of Directors: Canadian Alumni of the ISU (2013)
Central Regional Director: Canadian Alumni of the ISU (2011 - 2013)
Canadian Representative: Yuri's Night Global Executive Team (2009 - 2013)
Marianne develops public engagement strategies and strives to foster curiosity through learning experiences for all ages. Finding innovative ways to share the relevance of the ROM’s collections and research, she established collaborations with the Canadian Space Agency, Col. Chris Hadfield, Toronto Maker Festival, and the Planetary Society, in addition to developing space science content for the ROM’s 1 million annual visitors through interactive, hands-on programs.
Curated experiences for the ROM's 2015/16 Holidays program, which attracted 60,000+ visitors over 10 days. Highlighted activities included:
Designed a comprehensive engagement strategy for the NASA OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission in collaboration with the University of Arizona and the CSA, which included:
Marianne co-founded STEAMLabs as a non-profit community makerspace with Andy Forest, where people of all ages and abilities can come together for access to high tech tools, to learn, and to create. The STEAMLabs makerspace is located in Toronto's Centre for Social Innovation and offers full access memberships, stand-alone after school programs, weekend workshops, as well as drop-in open make times. Together with co-founder Andy Forest, Marianne set the organization's strategic direction towards a sustainable funding model.
Build Your Own Rover Activity, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
Rocket Launch Activity, DigiFest Toronto
Be a Meteorite Hunter, Toronto Space Apps Challenge
Astronaut Maker Boot Camp (10 Weeks)
Leads the highly successful ROM Game Jam initiative, which links video game creation with ROM research and collections. The ROM Game Jam initiative is a comprehensive outreach and engagement program, with a Game Jam hackathon weekend event for developers, school visits, public events and commercialization of video games.
Marianne is on the Advisory Board for Toronto SpaceApps Challenge, a hackathon event that invites developers, makers, engineers and entrepreneurs to take on NASA-designed challenges, creating solutions that range from silly to serious.
Developed and led dynamic, "Hive Pop-Up" interactive experiences for the International Space Education Board for the 65th International Astronautical Conference (2014) and the inaugural Toronto Youth Space Apps program (2013). Worked extensively with local not-for-profit organizations as well as NASA, CSA, and 5 other national space agencies.
Selected as a member of the NASA Datanaut Program's Founding 2015 Class (and only Canadian). The community of experts engage with each other to solve data challenges using NASA's open data in efforts to inspire innovative new thinking, processes, and products.
2018 - Invited Speaker - Exploring Space on Earth, Queen's Space Conference (Kingston, ON)
2017 - Panel Member: Changing Perceptions: Engaging the public with scientists in the era of "alternative facts", Canadian Science Policy Conference (Ottawa, ON)
2017 - Panel Member - Education & Outreach: Canada’s Next Space Generation, Canadian Space Summit (Ottawa, ON)
2017 - Panel Member: Public Engagement in the Space Sector, Canadian Space Policy Symposium (Ottawa, ON)
2017 - Lead Presenter: Your Place, Your (Maker)Space: Which model’s the best fit for your organization?, Canadian Association of Science Centres Conference (Toronto, ON)
2017 - Panel Member: Communicating science in a Post-Truth Era, Canadian Association of Science Centres Conference (Toronto, ON)
2017 - Co-Presenter, Games in Libraries, Digital Odyssey 2017, Ontario Library Association Conference (Toronto, ON)
2017 - Keynote: Punching above our weight: Increasing space outreach impact, SEDS Ascension Conference (Toronto, ON)
2017 - Presenter, Museums & Planetary Missions, 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (The Woodlands, TX)
2017, 2016 - Invited Speaker, Hunting Meteorites at the End of the World, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (Mississauga & Toronto, ON)
2016 - Invited Panel Member, TIFF's 2016 Trek Talks panel, included a roundtable discussion on how science can inspire art and art can inspire science.
2016 - Invited Speaker, The Maker Movement (in Museums), Toronto Maker Festival (Toronto, ON)
2016 - Keynote: Millennial Engagement: 21st Century Science Outreach, Students for the Exploration of Space & Development Conference (London, ON)
2016 - Keynote: Inspiration Space, 5th Annual 'What's Up in Space' Event (Richmond Hill, ON)
2015 - Invited Speaker, STEAMLabs Motivation, Chris Hadfield's Generator Show, Massey Hall (Toronto, ON)
2015 - Lead Presenter, Planet ROM, The Planetary Society - Toronto Chapter, Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, ON)
2013 - Invited Speaker, Extreme Science: What Do We Know? Ontario Science Centre (Toronto, ON)
Technical Committee Member, Canadian Small Sat Symposium - Toronto, ON (2018)
Makerspace Field Trip Organizer, Canadian Science Centre Association Conference - Toronto, ON (2017)
Outreach Consultant: International Astronaut Congress - Toronto, ON (2014)
Co-Organizer: Toronto NASA Youth Space Challenge Program (2013)
Member, Planning Committee: Canadian Space Summit - University of Western Ontario (2012)
Co-Organizer: SpaceUP TO Unconference - Centre for Social Innovation, Toronto, ON (2012)
Chair, Local Organizing Committee: Canadian Space Summit - Montreal, QC (2008)
A multidisciplinary planetary scientist, Marianne works at the intersection between scientists, engineers, and operations team members. She has been part of Canadian space simulation mission research efforts since their inception. Her leadership roles have allowed her to test and improve scientific field instruments, train the next generation of space leaders, and liaise with key stakeholders.
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