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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.


Fighting climate change with biology...putting the "Green Advantage" to work for Canada

with
David Layzell
Queen's University

Plants have been in the business of managing greenhouse gases for more than 400 million years. Can they help Canada meet its Kyoto commitment of reducing emissions by at least 30 per cent? What scientific insights and new technologies are needed to augment carbon sinks in forestry and agriculture, and use biomass as a source of energy, chemicals and materials?

David Layzell will describe some of the new research underway at universities to help the nation realize its "Green Advantage." Dr. Layzell is Queen's Research Chair in the Department of Biology at Queen's University, Kingston, and Chief Executive Officer and Research Director of BIOCAP, a major university research initiative to help position Canada as a world leader in biosphere solutions to climate change. In the past two years, BIOCAP-initiated research has attracted more than $22 million in direct support of 76 researchers at 17 universities in 8 provinces.

Dr. Layzell's laboratory research on the regulation of carbon, nitrogen and oxygen metabolism in plants has resulted in more than 100 research papers and five patents, as well as a university spin-off company that designs, manufactures and sells instruments and related equipment for research and teaching. He has been awarded an NSERC Steacie Fellowship and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Simultaneous translation will be provided.

Co-Sponsors:
--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Daniel Hays
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken
--Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)
--NSERC

DATE: Thursday, October 23, 2003 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 and Parliamentary Press Gallery members. All others - $10.

PRE-REGISTRATION by Friday, October 17th is required.
Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Coordinator,
email: pagse@rsc.ca, tel: (613) 991-6369, fax: (613) 991-6996.