Canadian Institute for Advanced Research


Last week, we had the chance to hear the news about the four new research themes at CIFAR. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston was in attendance to express his enthusiasm for the network-creating philosophy of CIFAR and its impact on Canadian science. Dr Alan Bernstein (President and CEO) described the CIFAR as being a global university without departments – that is, scientists from a variety of areas work together on the most important themes in science today.

Chawkers funded one of the Global Scholars in the Earth System Evolution program this year, Ken Ferrier, whose area of research is earth surface topology changes and the implications for climate. Global Scholars are young researchers who are brought into the multi-disciplinary groups and contribute to the collaborative design of the research. They also work with mentors who will stress the development of leadership in their field.

At the dinner, CIFAR announced that it will be creating research teams in four areas: photosynthetic photovoltaics, the molecular basis of life, microbes and humans, and brain-mind-consciousness.