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Wednesday, November 25 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Are we Jupiters in the celestial field of science?: How 'Big Science' and major facilities influence Canadian Science Culture / Sommes-nous des jupiters dans le domaine céleste de la science? Comment la « Science de pointe » et les grandes installations i

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Organized by SNOLAB

Large-scale science facilities are important drivers for growing Canada’s future economy and fostering innovation in industry. These facilities present a challenge for traditional science policy/research because they require a large up-front capital commitment with significant ongoing operating costs as compared to University-based individual researchers. This structure can unfortunately lend itself to a view that large facilities are inwardly-focused, instead of focusing on the national research program and increasing Canada's science capital and culture.

However, these large facilities/infrastructure are dynamic, supporting a broad cross section of academic, government, and industrial users from many different disciplines. They include the Canadian Light Source, TRIUMF, Compute Canada and SNOLAB to name a few. This panel     will discuss how the public engagement and sharing from large science facilities might differ from that of an individual researcher - and whether large science facilities have a greater obligation in influencing the Canadian scientific landscape.

From the training of highly qualified personnel to the engagement of the private sector through unique research capabilities to the transfer of laboratory-developed technology to Canadian businesses, these facilities stimulate growth at both the local and national levels but also are a major component in shaping the scientific landscape and developing a strong culture within our citizens.

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Timothy Meyer

Chief Operating Officer, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Tim Meyer is COO at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, America’s laboratory for particle physics and accelerators.  He is a member of a four-person executive leadership team.  Meyer earned his Ph.D. in experimental particle physics from Stanford University studying the nature and time-evolution of the bottom quark. Before coming to Fermilab, Meyer served as Head of Strategic Planning and Communications at TRIUMF... Read More →

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Jonathan Bagger

Director / Former Interim Vice-Provost, TRIUMF, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Jonathan Bagger was elected Director of TRIUMF effective July 1st, 2014. Prior to his role at TRIUMF, he was appointed Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs at Johns Hopkins University for six years. A faculty member since 1989, he spent a third of his time as Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Physics and Astronomy in the university’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. He served as the university’s Interim... Read More →
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Robert Lamb

Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Light Source
Robert Lamb is the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Light Source, Canada’s national synchrotron facility in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Professor Lamb completed a PhD in Surface Chemistry at The University of Melbourne and a PhD in Solid State Physics at Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. His academic history includes appointments at institutions including University of Heidelberg, Germany; University of Sydney... Read More →
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Dugan O'Neil

Chief Science Officer, Compute Canada
Dugan O’Neil is Compute Canada’s Chief Science Officer. He is interested in particle physics at the energy frontier. His involvement in Compute Canada started in 2003 when he was an early user (beta tester) of WestGrid resources at SFU and UBC. At the time he led the Canadian team working on the Dzero experiment at Fermilab. His group used WestGrid resources to process hundreds of terabytes of raw data from the experiment, making... Read More →
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Nigel Smith

Director, SNOLAB
Nigel Smith joined SNOLAB as Director during July 2009. He currently holds adjunct Professor status at Queen’s and Laurentian Universities, a visiting research position at the U.K. STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and a visiting Professorial chair at Imperial College, London. He received his Bachelor of Science in physics from Leeds University in the U.K. in 1985 and his Ph. D. in astrophysics from Leeds in 1991. He served as a lecturer at... Read More →

Wednesday November 25, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm

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