An international perspective on Canada’s role in big science at policy conference

November 23, 2015

OTTAWA, ONTARIO — Leaders of the three of the world’s most renowned research organizations will meet in Ottawa this week to participate in a first-of-its-kind panel about big science in Canada. The session, presented by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) at this year’s Canadian Science Policy Conference, will be moderated by Dr. Gilles Patry, President and CEO of the CFI. The panel will draw on their own experiences of leading big science networks to suggest a direction Canada can take to unify its large-scale research labs and facilities under one coherent national strategy.

The panelists are:

  • Dr. Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Director General of CERN, the European high-energy physics laboratory located in Geneva, Switzerland which houses the Large Hadron Collider that was used to discovery of the Higgs Boson particle in 2012.
  • Dr. Catherine Ewart, Head of Stakeholder and International Relations for the United Kingdom’s Science and Technology Facilities Council, which helps the UK’s scientific and academic communities access large-scale research labs and facilities.
  • Dr. Nigel Lockyer, Director of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory that is based on the outskirts of Batavia, Illinois and is the leading particle physics research facility in the United States.

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The panel takes place November 26, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. at the Delta Hotel in Ottawa. Read more about the CFI’s session at the Canadian Science Policy Conference.