TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Is there intelligent life out there? Can
plant materials one day replace plastic? Can we ever eradicate
infectious diseases? These questions and more will be explored by
Ontario's top university researchers in the latest Research Matters
free speaker series focused on the question 'What Matters Now?'
The 2014 series - spanning five Ontario cities over six months -
launches in Hamilton on Nov. 4, and travels to London on Nov. 26,
Thunder Bay on March 9, 2014, and Toronto in early April, before
wrapping up in Kingston on April 23, 2014.
At each event, a handful of researchers focused on a wide range of
topics, from home-grown terror to planet hunting and artificial brains,
will present their research and ask audiences in the room and online to
decide What Matters Now.
"University researchers dedicate their lives to solving the world's
problems and have a huge societal imprint," says Mona Nemer, Chair of
the Research Matters advisory panel and Vice-President, Research at the
University of Ottawa. "Sometimes the final breakthrough takes
generations, but along the way these researchers are improving the
health, happiness and richness of life for millions of people around
the globe, and they are training future generations of global citizens
The Research Matters campaign, a collaborative effort of the Council of
Ontario Universities (COU) now in its second year, brings together
Ontario's 21 universities in an exciting showcase of the critical
research taking place on campuses. These free events allow the public
to discuss the future with the university researchers who are creating
"University research crosses all disciplines from medicine and
technology to human resources, trade, law and social sciences," says
COU President and CEO Bonnie M. Patterson. "It is changing lives,
exposing students to a world of possibilities, and helping government,
business and communities make the best possible decisions." The series
will be moderated by well-known radio and television personality Piya
Chattopadhyay, who is often a host on both CBC radio and TVO's flagship
current affairs program, The Agenda.
Researchers will be made available to media to discuss why their
research matters upon request.
For more details on Research Matters please check out www.yourontarioresearch.ca and follow us on Twitter @OntarioResearch.
COU is a membership organization of 21 publicly assisted universities in
Ontario. It works closely with the provincial and federal governments
to shape public policies that help universities deliver high-quality
programs for students and advance the research and innovation that
improves the social, cultural and economic well-being of Ontarians.
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SOURCE: Council of Ontario Universities
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