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G7 Science Summit examines repercussions stemming from tsunami of new digital technologies

Canada’s hosting of this year’s G7 Summit is being preceded by an unprecedented series of research summits that examine the potential and impacts of digital technologies and sustainable oceans. The summits – organized by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) – are intended to inform discussion at the main event in Charlevoix, QC on June 8-9.

Jackie Dawson

Dr Jackie Dawson has been appointed to the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA). She is the Canada Research Chair in Environment, Society and Policy (Tier II), and associate professor in geography at the Univ of Ottawa. She has a master’s degree from the Univ of Otago School of Business…

NCE shortlists 11 for 2018-19 competition

The Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) has announced 11 shortlisted candidates that will proceed to the next phase of the 2018-19 competition that is open to both new and established networks. The 11 networks bested 58 other proposals and will submit full proposals by July. This competition marks the first time both new and…

New cohort of Mitacs fellows to start 12-month immersion in government agencies

Twenty-one academic researchers from Canada and the US are the recipients of the 2017-2018 Canadian Science Policy Fellowship awards. Mitacs has announced the second cohort of fellows who will train for 12 months to learn how government policies at the federal and provincial levels are crafted. Mitacs is working with partners in the Government of…

Quebec’s Tyto Robotics expands marketing with government assistance

Gatineau QC-based Tyto Robotics is embarking on extensive marketing activities in Canada and beyond with the help of funding from the government. The $220,860 grant from the federal and provincial governments will help the technology company to market its instrumentation systems in Canada, the US and Europe. Tyto Robotics’ instruments are used to test the…

Pressure grows to increase support for fundamental research, tie funding levels to demand

Canada’s support for fundamental research has fallen by a third between 2005 and 2015, but many in the Canadian research community are concerned the federal government doesn’t appear to be in any hurry to take action. The deterioration in federal support — occurring over a period closely corresponding to the decade in which the government of Stephen Harper was in power — witnessed a major swing in funding from fundamental to applied research, with 40% of researchers reporting a similar shift in their focus.

U of O think tank renamed Smart Prosperity Institute

The Sustainable Prosperity think tank has changed its name to the Smart Prosperity Institute (SPI) and broadened its focus on generating policy-relevant research on clean innovation for the media, government, private sector and general public. Based at the Univ of Ottawa, SPI opted for a name change to reflect its expanded mandate as a national…

NSERC awards $28 million in CREATE grants

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council is providing graduate and post-doctoral training grants of $1.65 million to 17 research teams through its Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program. The $28 million in awards range from materials for enhanced energy technologies at the Univ of Victoria and advanced network systems for intelligent transportation at…