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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.


The Barcode of Life Initiative - Checking Life in Before it Checks Out

with
Paul Hebert, University of Guelph

Humans share the Earth with million of species, most of which, even after 250 years of scientific investigation, remain unknown to us. Major advances in genomics, coupled with Canadian ingenuity, have now paved the way for the Barcode of Life - a revolutionary new tool that will speed up the inventory of lifeforms and provide new insights into the complexity of life on the planet. University of Guelph biologist Dr. Paul Hebert developed the concept and has aided international acceptance of the initiative. He will tell us how DNA barcoding works and its implications for ecological conservation as well for the management of species that threaten human health and economic interests. Paul Hebert has received national and international awards for his work in evolutionary biology and digital media. Currently the Canada Research Chair in Molecular Biodiversity at the University of Guelph, he previously served as Director of the Great Lakes Institute at Windsor, as Chair of the Department of Zoology at Guelph, and as Chair of the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. For further details on the Barcode initiative, visit http://www.barcodinglife.org.

Simultaneous translation will be provided.

DATE: Tuesday April 12, 2005 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am
PLACE: Room 200, West Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa
COST: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators & Media. All others - $10

PRE-REGISTRATION by Thursday April 7th is required. Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Coordinator, email: pagse@rsc.ca, tel: (613) 991-6369, fax: (613) 991-6996.

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

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Daniel Hays
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken
--Science and Engineering Research Canada (NSERC)