Author: Lindsay Borthwick

Quantum Valley Ideas Lab gets DARPA funding to develop quantum sensing technologies

DARPA, the U.S. defence-related R&D agency, is on everyone’s lips as a Canadian version of the agency became a promise in more than one party platform. Quantum Valley Ideas Lab, an independent research institute in Waterloo, Ont., is participating in new DARPA programs to move quantum technologies out of the laboratory and into the real world.

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New science advice network established for French-speaking nations

The International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) has launched a forum for sharing science advice across the francophone world. Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Quebec, and Mona Nemer, Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, will represent Canada on the steering committee.

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The pandemic pushed open science forward in Canada, but the gains have been modest

The COVID-19 pandemic has been called a “stress test” for open science — one that, by most accounts, it passed. The sharing of new scientific knowledge and data about the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its impacts has been fast and furious. But not all experts are convinced that open will become the new norm for science in Canada. At least, not yet. 

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Q&A: Quebec’s Chief Scientist shares lessons on science advice during a pandemic

Global leaders in science advice and science diplomacy will come together next week in Montreal to discuss how to “Build Back Wiser” after the COVID-19 pandemic. Research Money spoke with Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Quebec, about how the pandemic has shaped science advisory systems globally, and how INGSA2021 could contribute to creating stronger and more dynamic ties between scientists and policymakers.

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New digital research infrastructure organization announces first funding opportunity

Canada’s New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) — created in 2019 to fix a system that has been described at “fragmented, oversubscribed and underfunded” — has announced its first funding program. The new national not-for-profit organization says it will spend $20 million to build national research capacity and create a “broad and integrated” Canadian digital research infrastructure ecosystem.

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Canada and EU deepen research partnerships as Horizon Europe talks enter new phase

As the global geopolitical landscape shifts, Canada and the European Union are deepening bilateral cooperation on research and innovation. At the EU-Canada Joint Summit in Brussels in mid June, leaders announced new partnerships on health, the oceans and raw materials, and agreed to launch exploratory discussions on Canada joining Horizon Europe, the EU’s new €100-billion research program. 

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