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Plenary Session: International Perspectives on Big Science in Canada: Where Should Canada Go?

Canada is now home to a number of Big Science research facilities — very large research infrastructures that cost upwards of $100 million, take years to build and operate on decade-long time scales. While these facilities have a powerful impact on the quality and competitiveness of Canadian science, there is no established policy framework in Canada for considering, evaluating and overseeing large-scale research infrastructures. In this context, how can we keep decisions from being made in an ad hoc fashion, without a systematic evaluation of excellence and potential benefits for Canada, or an assessment of the impact such massive investments will have on our capacity as an innovative nation?

Dr. Gilles Patry, the President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), proposes to lead a discussion with some of the world’s top international experts on what direction Canada should consider in developing and implementing a Big Science policy framework, what lessons can be learned from a variety of international experiences and how we can best ensure national coordination in aspects such as road mapping, priority setting, merit review, funding models, governance and management assessments, and decision-making processes.

The discussion will draw on the expertise and wide-ranging experiences of the panel members to help the CFI, along with the Government of Canada, shape a Big Science policy framework suitable for the Canadian context and capable of driving the quality of Canadian science to the next level. This panel session will be a unique opportunity for CSPC and for the Canadian research community. Never before has such a discussion, involving international experts at the chief executive level, taken place in Canada.

Moderator(s)

President and CEO
Canada Foundation for Innovation

On August 1, 2010, Dr. Gilles G. Patry became the fourth President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). Following a long and distinguished career as a consultant, a researcher, and a university administrator, Dr. Patry brings to... [ READ MORE ]

Speakers

Head of Stakeholder and International Relations
e Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Catherine is Head of Stakeholder and International Relations for the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), one of seven research councils in the UK, where she is responsible for developing and maintaining STFC’s corporate and... [ READ MORE ]

Director General
CERN

Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer has been CERN Director General since January 2009. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Heidelberg in 1977. Most of his scientific work has focused on the study of electron-positron reactions, the development of... [ READ MORE ]

Director
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Nigel Lockyer began his tenure as director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, America’s premier laboratory for particle physics research, on September 3, 2013.

An experimental particle physicist, Lockyer was most recently director... [ READ MORE ]