Canada Excellence Research Chairs/Canada 150 Research Chairs Virtual Symposium

McGill University and the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat are proud to present the Canada Research Excellence Chairs (CERC)/Canada 150 Research Chairs (C150) Symposium:

Transformational Research for a Transformed World | June 8-9, 2021

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Symposium will convene entirely online.

Purpose of the Symposium

The virtual symposium will offer participants the opportunity to connect with peers and members of the prestigious CERC and C150 Research Chairs programs, celebrate accomplishments, share diverse experiences and discuss challenges and best practices in successfully meeting the objectives of these programs.

Virtual Access

This free event will take place virtually. Participants may look forward to enjoying many activities, including keynote addresses; engaging sessions with CERC/C150 program leaders and administrators; and opportunities to converse and network with colleagues and friends. Access links will be sent to registrants prior to the event. 

Program and Registration

Day 1 - Tuesday, June 8

Time Presentation Speakers
12:00 Opening of the Symposium

Martha Crago, Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation, McGill University

Additional speakers to be announced.

12:20 Keynote Address "Getting close to curbing the HCV pandemic" by CERC and Nobel Laureate Michael Houghton

Luda Diatchenko, CERC in Human Pain Genetics (Moderator)

Michael Houghton, Li Ka Shing Professor of Virology, University of Alberta; CERC Laureate in Virology (2010-2017); and 2020 Nobel Prize Laureate

13:15 Transition Break
13:30 COVID-19 Research Presentations

Catherine Hankins, Co-chair, COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (Chair and Moderator) 

Caroline ColijnC150 in Mathematics for Infection, Evolution and Public Health, Simon Fraser University

Wendy Hui Kyong ChunC150 in New Media, Simon Fraser University

Vincent Mooser, CERC in Genomic Medicine, McGill University

Additional CERC and C150 speakers to be announced.

14:45 Transition Break
15:00 The Impact of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Today’s Research Speakers to be announced.
15:45 Transition Break
16:00 A Conversation with Canada’s Research and Science Granting Agency Presidents 

Martha Crago, Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation, McGill University (Chair and Moderator)

Additional speakers to be announced.

17:00 Day 1 concludes

Day 2 - Wednesday, June 9

Time Presentation Speakers
12:00 Keynote Address by the Chief Statistician of Canada 

Nancy Ross, Associate Vice-Principal, Research, McGill University, and Incoming Vice-Principal, Research, Queen’s University (Moderator)

Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada

12:45 Transition Break
13:00 Sustainability Research Presentations

Steven BryantCERC in Materials Engineering, University of Calgary

Leon KochianCERC in Food Systems and Security, University of Saskatchewan

Irina RishCERC in Autonomous Artificial Intelligence, Université de Montréal

Additional CERC and C150 speakers to be announced.

14:15 Transition Break
14:30 Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Speakers to be announced.
15:15 Transition Break
15:30 Ask Us Anything with TIPS Leadership  Speakers to be announced.
16:45 Lessons Learned from the Summit and Closing Remarks 

Luda Diatchenko, CERC in Human Pain Genetics, McGill University

Vincent Mooser, CERC in Genomic Medicine, McGill University

Additional speakers to be announced.

17:00 Day 2 concludes

McGill and TIPS look forward to seeing you all virtually soon. All symposium attendees must register.

Conference Theme

Transformational Research for a Transformed World

The CERC/C150 Research Chairs Virtual Symposium will take place virtually in 2021 due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Our current context presents new challenges daily, demanding rapid adaptation among the Canadian and international research communities.

Since the program’s launch in 2008, the CERC Symposium has been fertile grounds for innovation and inspiration. Over the course of the program’s history, these Symposia have inspired Canada’s top researchers to launch ideas and to initiate collaborations leading to transformative advances. While the pandemic has meant an abrupt halt to in-person events, we are leveraging new virtual interfaces to continue stimulating the next wave of innovations. We cannot afford to delay the exchange of ideas, waiting for this pandemic to pass.

This year, the C150 Research Chairs and their research teams will be participating. In this spirit, the 2021 CERC/C150 Research Chairs Virtual Symposium will connect scientists in new ways to facilitate conversation, catalyze discovery and accelerate breakthroughs in a transformed world.

 

     

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