Normand Voyer

Molecular prospector
Normand Voyer's work demonstrates the molecular richness of the Canadian Great White snowy North and the importance of stewarding its fragile ecosystems.

Why you should listen

Normand Voyer sparked his passion for chemistry while making (and testing!) gunpowder. He's now a chemist and professor of chemistry at Université Laval, where his research into new natural products has led to discoveries of potential therapeutics. When he’s not in his laboratory or harvesting plants in Nunavik, Canada, he promotes science to the general public, particularly teens. He has presented his lecture "The chemistry of love" hundreds of times, to some 65,000 people. As a radio and television commentator, he speaks on myriad subjects, including rust, mosquitos and snowflakes. He has received several science teaching awards.

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Open: The talks of TED@DestinationCanada

March 13, 2023

When we come together with open hearts and open minds, anything is possible. It was in this spirit that TED partnered with Destination Canada for a day of talks and performances featuring new ideas on living, seeing the world and reimagining our shared future. The event: TED@DestinationCanada: Open is the first event TED and Destination […]

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