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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Building a climate-smart world: How development research helps the global population adapt to climate change

Robert Hofstede, International Development Research Centre

This presentation will explore some of the results emerging from Canada’s investments in international climate-related development research—and how those outcomes provide direct benefits for Canadians.

Over the past decade, international research led by Canada has helped reduce climate shocks, improve food security, raise household income, and promote health and gender equity in more than 70 countries across the Global South. These results are a big win for Canada. Efforts to increase resilience and human security lead to a more stable world and enhance Canada's Climate Action commitment. Not only do they establish us as a global leader in climate adaptation research, they also deliver expertise and innovations directly applicable to the Canadian situation. Dr. Robert E. Hofstede will give examples of sustainable value chains, disaster reduction and clean energy projects that reduce environmental impacts and create business opportunities.

Dr. Hofstede is Associate Director for Climate Change at the International Research Development Centre (IDRC). An expert in tropical ecosystems, he has 25 years’ experience with environmental management and rural development all over the world and with numerous international agencies. He has published widely on tropical ecology, nature conservation and climate change in academic publications, policy papers and opinion articles, and is a frequent speaker at international conferences.

The presentation will be in English.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE).
Supported by: CANARIE inc. and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and many other sponsors.

The Speaker of the Senate
The Speaker of the House of Commons

Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:30 am - 8:30 am (Hot breakfast is ready by 7am)
Location: Parliamentary Dining Room, Centre Block
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25. Payment must be made in advance by credit card. No refunds for cancellations after April 3, 2017


Contact information: Donna Boag,, 613-991-6369