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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.

Trees do it. Ferns do it. Why can't PhDs do it? Bio-inspired solar energy


Ted Sargent, University of Toronto

Humankind consumes electrical power at an average annual rate of 15 Terawatts (trillions watts). We meet this demand primarily by burning CO2-emitting stored fossil fuels. Meanwhile, the world’s trees, bacteria, and algae capture ten times that amount of power from the sun through the process of photosynthesis. Dr. Ted Sargent works with researchers in the physical and plant sciences and with engineers to understand Nature’s ways and find methods to capture and store solar energy as efficiently as Nature does.

Ted Sargent holds the Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnology at the University of Toronto, where he also serves as Vice Dean for Research for the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE) for his contributions to the development of solar cells and light sensors based on solution-processed semiconductors. He is the founder and CTO of InVisage Technologies and of Xagenic Inc., both University of Toronto spin-offs.

Presentation will be in English.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE) and Mr. Joe Comartin, Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.
Supported by: CANARIE inc. and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

--the Speaker of the Senate
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Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015, 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 February 23, 2015.
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: Monday February 23, 2015