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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.


Earthquakes and Bomb Blasts: How Safe is Our Infrastructure?


with
Murat Saatcioglu, University of Ottawa

In 2004 alone, natural and human-induced disasters killed more than 300,000 people worldwide and inflicted damage in excess of $150 billion. Canada is not immune to such events. More than 30 per cent of Canadians reside in seismically active zones, with the West Coast at particular risk for devastating earthquakes and tsunamis. Furthermore, while Canada has not recently been a target of terrorist attacks, security remains a concern.

During the last 30 years, Professor Murat Saatcioglu has been involved in developing design and retrofit techniques to increase the resilience of building and bridge infrastructure against extreme and rare events like strong earthquakes and, more recently, bomb blasts. He will present his research and discuss his views on mitigating seismic and explosion risks.

Dr. Saatcioglu is a Professor of Structural Engineering and University Research Chair at the University of Ottawa. He is the President of the Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering, Director of the Ottawa-Carleton Earthquake Engineering Research Centre, and a member of the Canadian National Committee on Earthquake Engineering. Professor Saatcioglu’s work has been recognized nationally and internationally through numerous research and teaching awards.

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, April 27, 2006 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 $10
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Coordinator: 613-991-6369, pagse@rsc.ca
Registration Deadline: April 24th