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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 Ruse and the Reality of Nanotechnology


Robert A. Wolkow, University of Alberta/ National Institute for Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology doesn’t exist yet, not substantially, not compared to what is coming.

What exists today is nanoscience. It is the many, diverse and substantial developments in nanoscience that have created the buzz about future nanotechnology. The ability to literally see, touch and even move at will individual atoms, the knowledge that electricity works differently when run through the tiniest wires, and the prospect of unprecedented small consumption of power and materials during the making and using of nano-devices – those are the things creating the excitement. And the excitement is well-founded – there are many reasons to believe a nano-based technological revolution is coming.

Professor Wolkow will give clear examples, using real atom-scale images of some of the new capabilities we have in hand today, and that we foresee having. He will explain through analogies to everyday experience that nanoscience and future nanotechnology are constrained by the same natural laws as always.

A distinguished chemical physicist and nanotechnology researcher, Dr. Wolkow leads the Molecular Scale Devices program at the National Research Council’s National Institute for Nanotechnology and is a Professor of Physics at the University of Alberta, where he holds the iCORE Chair of Nanoscale Information and Communications Technologies.

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, June 7, 2007 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,
Registration Deadline: June 4th