Author: Mark Henderson

Montreal named secretariat for Future Earth research platform for global sustainability

Montreal has succeeded in its bid to become the global secretariat of Future Earth, a distributed research program dedicated to scientifically solving real-world problems of global sustainability. Spearheaded by Montreal International and Dr Remi Quirion, Quebec’s chief scientist, Future Earth is comprised of five hubs — Montreal, Paris, Tokyo, Stockholm and Boulder CO.

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ISTPCanada’s future uncertain as money and time run out on current mandate

One of Canada’s few programs for supporting bilateral industrial R&D is set to close its doors nine years after it was introduced. Funding for International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada (ISTPCanada) will expire March 31/15 with no indication that its funder — the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) — is prepared to maintain support beyond the end of the fiscal year.

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Demise of ACCTCanada reflects the evolution of academic-industry collaboration

The writing was on the wall for those who chose to see it long before the largely unnoticed demise of ACCTCanada last year. The message: technology transfer by universities, and later by colleges, has become an increasingly futile exercise in perpetuating the traditional push model for moving academic-based discoveries into the marketplace.

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Government announces decision to shut down NRU reactor by March 31/18

The government has chosen March 31/18 as the date when it will shut down the NRU reactor, Canada’s only nuclear reactor devoted to medical isotope production and neutron physics research. The announcement signals the government’s decision to abandon its plans for seeking a five-year extension past the October 31/16 end of its current licencing mandate.

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CIIRDF helps Israel and Nova Scotia forge collaboration to grow promising tech firms

Entrepreneurs and companies in Nova Scotia and Israel will be pursuing collaborative R&D partnerships via a new program struck between the two jurisdictions. The Nova Scotia-Israel Innovation Program (NSIIP) is intended to facilitate the creation and commercialization of technologies by start-ups with the aim of developing full scale operations with global market reach.

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