Workshop: Canada's Leadership in International Innovation

Dr. Arthur Carty, Canada's National Science Advisor, the President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Dr. Suzanne Fortier and the Vice President of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Suzanne Corbeil, are honoured to participate with four of Canada's leading researchers in "The Road to the Future: Canada's Leadership in International Innovation", a workshop to be held at the AAAS Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri on February 17, 2006, from 1:45 to 3:15 at the America's Center, Lobby Level, Washington Room C.

Canadian researchers highlighting their work will be: Dr. Jillian Buriak, Canada Research Chair in Inorganic and Nanoscale Materials, whose work focuses on molecular and nanoparticle materials for device applications; Dr. Aled Edwards, Chief Executive of the Anglo-Canadian-Swedish Structural Genomics Consortium, a collaboration created for the purpose of increasing the number of protein structures of relevance to human health available in the public domain; Stéphanie Coté, Gemini Astronomer at the National Research Council of Canada, whose talk will focus on measuring dark matter halos of galaxies; and Dr. Joerg Bohlmann, Associate Professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia, an internationally recognized leader in forestry genomics and whose work on the molecular basis for wine grape quality appears in the February 10 edition of Science Magazine. The workshop will showcase Canada's innovative research and explore components of Canada's innovation system, including funding and commercialization.

In conjunction with the AAAS Annual Meeting, the Canadian Consulate General and the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association are sponsoring a seminar on "Canada-U.S. Life Sciences Linkages" at the Regional Collaboration Center of the St. Louis RCGA (One Metroploitan Place, 12th Floor) from 5:00 - 7:30 PM, February 16th. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Arthur Carty, and panellists include Dr. Suzanne Fortier, President of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council; Suzanne Corbeil, Vice President of External Relations, Canada Foundation for Innovation; Dr. David Brener, Director of Research Translation Programs at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research; and Dr. Wilf Keller, Research Director (Special Projects), Plant Biotechnology Institute, National Research Council. This seminar will provide an opportunity for local science and technology representatives to meet and discuss life sciences with leading researchers and executives from Canadian government research institutions.

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The Canadian mission to the AAAS Annual Meeting in St. Louis is an effort to promote Canadian science and researchers and to foster partnerships internationally. Also please visit the Canadian booth at the AAAS meeting: 413, 415, and 417.


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