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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.


Life, Climate and Vanishing Ice at the Top of Canada

with

Warwick Vincent, Centre d’Études Nordiques, Université Laval (Québec)

International Polar Year has catapulted Canada back into a leadership role in Arctic research and uncovered astounding new information about the dynamics of life in the North. From tiny microflora to the largest, most charismatic species, our speaker is a passionate observer and recorder of the pulse of Arctic ecosystems. Drawing from his recent experiences in the North, he will talk about this new knowledge and its significance in the context of a landscape that now sits on the precipice of dramatic and irreversible change.

Professor Warwick F. Vincent is an internationally distinguished researcher who studies how microbial life at the base of aquatic food webs responds to environmental change. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Ecosystem Studies at Université Laval and was recently appointed Director of the Québec inter-university research and training institute, Centre d'études nordiques (Centre for Northern Studies), also based at Université Laval. A past president of Canada's National Antarctic Committee and recent chair of the NSERC Ecology and Evolution Grant Selection Committee, he has earned numerous honours for his contributions to research and education. These awards include the Canadian Rigler Prize in Limnology, the New Zealand Gold Medal in Science and the 2008 Royal Society of Canada Medal for environmental research.

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 March 5, 2009 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 Coordinator: 613-991-6369, pagse@rsc.ca
Registration Deadline: Monday March 2, 2009