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November 21, 2019

Royal Canadian Geographical Society Celebrates Its 90th Anniversary

Gatineau Quebec
Canadian Museum of History
Royal Canadian Geographical Society

Celebrating its 90th Anniversary, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society held its College of Fellows Annual Dinner in the Canadian Museum of History.

Poster for RCGS 90th
Image of Drs. Roberta Bondar and David Saint-Jacques
Astronauts David Saint-Jacques and Roberta Bondar

The day featured honours and medal presentations that recognized exploration in several forms and provided a chance for some of the Fellows to get together throughout!

November 14, 2019

Science Around the Planet Uses Images of Earth from the Space Station

International Space Station Research

Among the scientific research studies NASA referenced in this article is The Roberta Bondar Foundation’s current research project, Avian Migration Aerial Surface Space [AMASS].

AMASS field crews work part of their ecological study in collaboration with the Crew Earth Observations facility on NASA’S International Space Station [ISS]

From the ISS orbit view, crew observation images contribute a space-eye perspective to track bird migration routes, habitat conditions, and the effects of changes occurring along those routes. Example ISS images on our Foundation’s website include the following from our Biomes page:

October 18, 2019

Continuous Change ~ the Great Enabler

London Ontario
Western University
Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

The Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences within Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, hosts a Scientific Symposium and dinner Gala to celebrate its 50-year Anniversary. Dr. Roberta Bondar will be presenting the Keynote Address at the Gala Dinner.

Logo for Clinical Neurological Sciences 50th

As the world’s first neurologist in space, Dr. Bondar is recognized for her contributions to space medicine. On the Space Shuttle Discovery, she conducted scientific experiments on human subjects in the First International Microgravity Laboratory. Then, for more than a decade, collaborating with NASA, she headed an international space medicine research team, to study astronauts recovering from the microgravity of space. This work has implications for neurological illnesses here on Earth, including stroke and Parkinson’s disease.

Our Brains, Our Future: 50 Years of CNS – Scientific Symposium and Gala and Photos

October 10, 2019

STEAM – Infinite Possibilities

Peterborough, Ontario

World’s first neurologist in space, Dr. Roberta Bondar, launched the #FemSteamPtbo initiative with her keynote about the infinite possibilities open to STEAM minds. FemSTEAM of Peterborough hosted girls from Grades 7 and 8 girls at Whetung Theatre, Fleming College.

Image of Roberta Bondar speaking

Based on the concept and vision – “If You Can See Me You Can Be Me” – Peterborough’s women in STEAM have organized to inspire and assist improving the awareness and resources to young females in the Greater Peterborough region about education and career options in STEAM and Skill Trades.


Oct 11 2019
Jessica Nyznik, Examiner Staff Writer
Opportunities out of this world, former astronaut Roberta Bondar tells girls 
Great photos by Clifford Skarstedt, Examiner

Oct 11 2019
Noor Ibrahim, CHEX News Global Peterborough
Hundreds of girls encouraged to follow their “STEAM” dreams

October 2, 2019

A Layered Perspective of Bird Migration

Toronto Ontario
University of Toronto
Senior College
The Faculty Club

Image of three women
Prof Betty Roots, Dr. Roberta Bondar, Ms D Anderson at University of Toronto Senior College Event

With different views of the planet beneath them, astronauts in space and migrating birds fly across geo-political boundaries that are for the most part, invisible. In an effort to reconnect people to the natural world and the challenges that migrating birds face, Dr. Roberta Bondar presented her current research project Protecting #SpaceForBirds delivering three visual perspectives to evoke curiosity and a commitment to conserve essential habitats needed to fulfill the life cycle of exemplary avian species.

September 13, 2019

Shifting Perspective ~ Bringing it down to Earth

Red Deer, Alberta
RedDeerAdvocate .com

Poster for Red Deer Lunch Box Event

World’s first neurologist in space, Dr. Roberta Bondar, will keynote a fundraising event for the Red Deer Hospital: a Red Deer Regional Health Foundation Lunch Box Experience.

As the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation and Dr. Bondar worked on keynote ideas, an 11-year-old Red Deer student emailed the former astronaut with questions about being in space.

Red Deer Advocate writer, Sean McIntosh reports what happened next…


Sep 23 2019
Josh Hall, rdnewsNOW .com
11-year-old has a blast meeting Dr. Roberta Bondar

Sep 13 2019
Josh Hall, rdnewsNOW .com
Red Deer girl over the moon to meet astronaut hero

Aug 24, 2015

Roberta Bondar’s ‘naked’ truth

Image of Roberta Bondar and Ken Money floating
Canadian astronauts Ken Money and Roberta Bondar get a feel for zero-gravity during trining on board NASA’s KC135 aircraft on Dec. 18, 1984. The aricraft does a roller-coaster style ride, giving passenger the feeling of weightlessness for about 30 seconds at the top of each roll. (STF/UPC/CP)

MacLean’s writer Genna Buck continues her Question and Astronaut series pursuing answers with Question and Astronaut: Roberta Bondar article. Finally, she exposes Dr Bondar’s ‘naked’ truth revealed to the Cosmos!

August 9, 2019

Memorial University Engineering 50th Anniversary

St John’s, Newfoundland
Memorial University

Dr. Roberta Bondar joined the 50th Anniversary celebration of Memorial University’s Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science as the Faculty’s guest speaker. At the Emera Innovation Exchange, Signal Hill Campus, Memorial University, Dr. Bondar inspired her audience with her keynote Illuminating the World, spark by spark.

“We need to be diligent and not deselect any population based on an engineering design. Diversity makes us strong and we must be inclusive if we are to solve the large and small challenges facing humanity.” 

Dr. Roberta Bondar

July 15, 2019

Memories of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Image of Buzz Aldrin on the moon

As the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing approaches – July 20 – Dr. Roberta Bondar adds her Where-I-was moment to other Saultites’ memories. Reporter Darren Taylor captures that share of moon moment recall from 1969.

June 2, 2019

Dr. Bondar Shares Ergonomic Space Tales

Toronto, Ontario

At the opening of the ergoCentric flagship store in Toronto, Dr. Roberta Bondar related some of the ergonomic challenges she worked through during her training and space flight. Leading Edge exploration has leading edge risks!

May 29, 2019

Canadian Bushplane Heritage Fête

Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Dr. Roberta Bondar, a dedicated supporter of the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, helped celebrate its 30th anniversary. The Centre features the only exhibit of Dr. Bondar’s space flight artifacts.

May 16, 2019

Summer of Space

Toronto, Ontario
Ontario Science Centre

Helping celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ontario Science Centre, Dr. Roberta Bondar joined the “Summer Of Space” launch, that features four months packed with space-themed exhibitions, IMAX® films, hands-on & immersive displays,space-themed exhibitions, IMAX® films and a planetarium show.

May 8, 2019


Ottawa, Ontario
Rideau Hall

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, invested 3 Companions, 9 Officers and 27 Members into the Order of Canada during a ceremony at Rideau Hall. The ceremony was streamed online.



Roberta Lynn Bondar, C.C., O.Ont.
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Image of Roberta Bondar with Order of Canada

As a scientist and environmental advocate, Roberta Bondar continues to inspire Canadians. Following her pioneering spaceflight, she remained active in international space medicine, notably leading a research team at NASA that drew connections between astronauts’ recovery from microgravity and neurological illnesses on Earth. A world-acclaimed photographer, she has demonstrated commitment to environmental sustainability through her stunning works that reconnect people to our natural world. Leading by example with the establishment of her eponymous foundation, she is a champion of education and the environment.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Motto of the Order of Canada:
“They desire a better country”


May 9 2019
CBC News
Roberta Bondar named Companion to the Order of Canada

May 9 2019
CTV Northern Ontario
New honour for Dr. Roberta Bondar

Apr 25, 2019

David McGuffin Talks With Dr. Roberta Bondar

Canadian Geographic
Royal Canadian Geographic Society

RCGS Fellow and veteran broadcast journalist David McGuffin poses thoughtful and insightful questions to Dr. Roberta Bondar in this Royal Canadian Geographic Society podcast.

Apr 17, 2019

Bondar Soaring Beyond

Ottawa, Ontario
Ingenium Channel

If you ever attended a school named after a person, you often wonder why that person. Like, so what?

Writer Nathaniel Neil Whelan attended Ottawa-Carleton’s Roberta Bondar Public School. Here are his thoughts on his public school days and behind-the-name meaning he continues to learn.

Image of Roberta Bondar Public School

March 26, 2019

Sustaining the Future of Our Planet and Ourselves

University of Saskatchewan
The Whelen Lecture
& Women in Science Speaker Series

Poster for The Whelen Lecture

Speaking as the world’s first neurologist in space and Canada’s first female astronaut, Dr. Roberta Bondar presented her view on Sustaining the Future of Our Planet and Ourselves. Bondar included her personal take on where we are as inhabitants of our planet and some of the challenges we face in sustaining our future.
Before she delivered The Whelen Lecture, Dr Bondar participated in:

  • Round Table that explored how individual disciplines can work more holistically and effectively across academic boundaries to address issues of the environment, health and food security and
  • Fireside Chat with a Q & A session that discussed challenges and opportunities of career pathways that transcend boundaries like Dr Bondar’s.

The Whelen Lecture was video-conferenced to the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy’s University of Regina campus.

The event was supported by Western Economic Diversification Canada and Innovation Saskatchewan.


March 27 2019
University of Saskatchewan News
Canada’s first female astronaut delivers lecture at USask

March 26 2019
Amanda Short, Postmedia News Service
Canada’s first female astronaut gives talk about work and experiences

March 26 2019
Ashleigh Mattern, CBC News
Canada’s first female astronaut in Saskatoon to share perspective gained in space: Roberta Bondar speaking at Women in Science Speaker Series on March 26

March 8, 2019

Life Reflected

Ottawa, National Arts Centre

Poster for Life Reflected

On International Women’s Day, the NAC Orchestra will present its signature creation, Life Reflected, a richly emotional and immersive orchestral experience to reflect musical portraits of four exceptional Canadian women: Roberta Bondar, Rita Joe, Alice Munro, and Amanda Todd.

Staged with eye-filling projections, composers Zosha Di Castri, Jocelyn Morlock, Nicole Lizée, and John Estacio teamed with photographers, singers, actors, stage, sound, & lighting designers create an audience immersion of integrated sounds, motion picture, and graphic design.

Life Reflected is what we at The Roberta Bondar Foundation call a Fusion Adventure — collaborations that merge the science in Arts + the art in Sciences. You can catch some of our Fusion Adventures here.

February 28, 2019

Infinite Possibilities

Windsor, Ontario
University of Windsor

Poster for the University of Windsor’s Science Society Speaker Series

As part of the University of Windsor’s Science Society Speaker Series, Dr. Roberta Bondar talks about the “Infinite Possibilities” she considers valuable for our future lives and career paths.

“Having Roberta Bondar at the University of Windsor is going to give students and community members alike the opportunity to learn from one of the most decorated Canadian female scientists of our time,” said Anshika Jain, VP External for the University of Windsor Science Society. “These kinds of events are crucial to inspiring the next generation of young scientists and we are very excited to be a part of that.” [via City Desk @TheWindsorStar 2019-0226]


March 1 2019
Sharon Hill, WindsorStar .com
Never stop learning, don’t eat yellow Jell-O in space — astronaut Roberta Bondar

January 22, 2019

Exploring Earth

Ottawa, Ontario / International Space Station [ISS]

In a live-streamed event, the astro launch team of David Saint-Jacques (on ISS), Roberta Bondar and Jenni Sidey-Gibbons (Ottawa) introduced Exploring Earth – an educational project using photos from space for an interactive map revealing images of geological and man-made features taken by Dr. Saint-Jacques from space. Dr. Bondar contributes blog entries on migratory bird habitats – wetlands, their biodiversity and avian species – along with her images and video clips from her surface and helicopter vantage points.

Additionally, part of this mission is to provide film and data for the Roberta Bondar Foundation’s current AMASS/Protecting Space For Birds research project.

New multi-media content is added weekly as map features are written by experts in several fields: water bodies, terrestrial biomes, the cryosphere, weather, the human footprint, and more!

Image of Roberta Bondar

Dr. Bondar wished Dr. Saint-Jacques well on his voyage and thanked him “on behalf of the Roberta Bondar Foundation for participating in our migratory bird project. Hopefully we’ll be able to show people the vast distances that birds also have to fly over the surface of our planet across borders that they can’t see (the way you can’t see them from space).”

Speaking from the ISS, Saint-Jacques thanked her for the opportunity to contribute [to the AMASS project], saying, “It’s a beautiful project and we share this planet with many other species and we have a responsibility to share it, to be decent roommates with the other species on our planet.”

Image of astronaut David Saint-Jacques in space with thumbs-up


February 11 2019
Elizabeth Howell, SpaceCom
European Space Agency Celebrates Women in Science with Astro Pi Challenge; Sidey-Gibbons said her main inspiration for becoming an astronaut was a female role model: former Canadian spaceflyer Roberta Bondar

January 26 2019
Elizabeth Howell, SpaceCom
Canada’s First Woman in Space Reflects on the Milestone Year That Is 2019

January 25 2019
Paul Nicholson, Special to Postmedia News
The World Outdoors: Roberta Bondar connects view from space to bird migration

January 24 2019
Tanya Kirnishni, Canadian Geographic online
Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques launches a new educational initiative — from space

January 22 2019
Leah Larocque, CTVNews (Ottawa)
Out of This World Conversation

Christopher Whan, GlobalNews (Ottawa)
Canadian Space Agency launches new interactive activity at Science and Tech Museum

PR Newswire Markets/Business Insider
David Saint-Jacques: Dare to explore… Earth! – New initiative teaches about Earth using pictures taken from space