Canada Excellence Research Chairs/Canada 150 Research Chairs Virtual Symposium

McGill University and the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS) 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.

Program and Registration

The program and format will soon follow. This website will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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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