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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.

Permafrost science heats up:understanding and preparing for change in northern landscapes


Christopher Burn, Carleton University

Climate change is the talk of the town these days. Not a day goes by without news about its effects. Much attention focuses on the potential release of organic carbon as frozen ground melts. In Canada, where a third of the country is underlain by permafrost, the stability of soils is an urgent concern. Chris Burn is working to identify the elements of these ancient Ice Age landscapes that are most vulnerable to melting. His goal is to identify engineering design and management practices that can keep northern infrastructure secure as the ground literally subsides beneath it.

Dr. Christopher Burn, a professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University, has won national and international awards for excellence in understanding the permafrost environment and the history of human relationship with the land in the western Arctic. From 2002-2012, he was NSERC’s Northern Research Chair in Permafrost in the Yukon and Northwest Territories. His contributions have been made in partnership with a wide range of organizations including many local Indigenous agencies.

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)

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Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016, 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 1, 2016
Registration Deadline: Monday February 1, 2016


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