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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.

Turboscience - Supercharging Discovery and Innovation


Eugenia Kumacheva, University of Toronto

Faster and lower cost medical diagnostics and drug development. Rapid generation of novel, high value materials. Remarkable new insights that cut through the complexities of living organisms and changes in the environment. These are all the results of recent and extraordinary progress in the development of miniature laboratories (“labs on chips”). With their capacity to simultaneously perform huge numbers of highly-controlled, tiny experiments, these devices have turbocharged the pace of discovery and innovation, and changed the way that Professor Kumacheva and many other scientists work. In her talk, she will speak about how she uses these powerful new tools, what this means for science, and the larger benefits for society.

A professor at the University of Toronto since 1996, Dr. Eugenia Kumacheva leads one of Canada’s most active, advanced chemistry groups. Her interests range from polymer materials science, nanoscience and molecular self-assembly to microfluidics and studies of carbon dioxide in liquid environments. Appointed a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in 2006, she has received numerous awards and accolades including, most recently, a Killam Research Fellowship and, in 2008, L’Oréal-UNESCO “Women in Science” Prize. Last year, she returned as a Visiting Professor to Moscow State University, where she had worked following her PhD studies at the Russia Academy of Science. She has held similar visiting positions at Oxford University, the University Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg) and, very recently, the University of Cambridge.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons
--Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Date: Thursday September 30, 2010 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Place: Room 200, West Block, Parliament Hill
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $20
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Manager: 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: Monday September 27, 2010