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Canada Excellence Research Chair meeting at the University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo

Media are invited to attend the 5th Annual Canada Excellence Research Chairs Meeting at the University of Waterloo, next week.

The meeting brings together Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) holders from across Canada in Waterloo to share key developments and the latest discoveries in their respective research programs.

The two-day conference takes place next week. Media can meet these world-renowned researchers to get an overview of Canada's latest scientific achievements.

Day one features plenary lectures by the most recently appointed chairholders and ends with a poster session and reception in the afternoon.

Day two begins with three parallel sessions in environment, health and quantum information. These short research talks will highlight global issues such as the impact of dams, cars of the future and Arctic ecosystems.

The program ends in the afternoon with two outreach events in local schools lead by the University of Waterloo Canada Excellence Research Chairs. Elementary and high school students will learn about the importance of wetlands from CERC Philippe van Cappellen and quantum information research with CERC David Cory.

Launched in 2008, the CERC Program awards world-renowned researchers and their teams up to $10 million over seven years to establish ambitious research programs at Canadian universities. These awards are among the most prestigious and generous available globally.

Media wishing to attend must register by emailing Nick Manning or Pamela Smyth.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Events start at 9 a.m. in the Quantum-Nano Centre, University of Waterloo

Plenary lectures

10:30 am - Dr. Steven Bryant, CERC in Materials Engineering for Unconventional Oil Reservoirs, University of Calgary "Teaching Old Dog Reservoirs New Mesoscience Tricks"

11:15 am - Dr. Giles Gerbier, CERC in Particle Astrophysics, Queen's University "Dark Matter in the Universe: a long standing question. To be answered at SNOLAB?"

12:00 pm - Dr. Robin Rogers, CERC in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals, McGill University "Green Chemistry and Advanced Materials from Renewable Polymers: Education, Research, and Entrepreneurship to Motivate the Next Generation of Scientists"

Poster session and Dean of Science Reception

Time: 3:45 - 5:00 pm

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Parallel Research Session featuring 12-minute presentations by CERC research groups

Time: 10:30 - 1:00 pm

Location: Various (see detailed program)

Outreach events for local grade school students

(open for media but closed to the general public)

World Wetlands Day, Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Institute for Quantum Computing, Time: 12:45 - 3:00 pm

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