UBC’s $4.9-million research partnership with Germany’s Fraunhofer Society—Europe’s largest applied research institution—aims to advance clean energy research in the areas of biomass, electrolysis, solar, fuel cells and wind.
The official partnership between Germany’s Max Planck Society and UBC formalized a long-running exchange of ideas between the world’s foremost quantum physicists and helped propel UBC’s quantum materials research group to the top of the field, culminating in a $66.5-million investment by the Government of Canada in 2015.
EU-PolarNet is the world’s largest consortium of expertise and infrastructure for polar research. Seventeen countries are represented by 22 of Europe’s internationally-respected multi-disciplinary research institutions. Read more
Toronto’s Inclusive Design Research Centre contributes to Prosperity4All, a global initiative to increase global prosperity and inclusion. A research team headquartered in downtown Toronto are contributing to a global initiative to increase global prosperity and inclusion using newly created economic models and tools, and inclusive design models and techniques. Read more
Next Generation Train Control (NGTC) is the first research project partially funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme, where all the main rail system signalling suppliers together with mainline operators and infrastructure managers as well as urban rail operators are working jointly in developing the next generation of train control systems. Read more
Canadian and British researchers have joined forces to collaborate on two projects in developing new sensing technologies for tidal energy applications. The two projects, with a combined value of $1.43 million, were selected for funding through a joint research competition Read more
The Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University is conducting research and development into creating tools that help make Open Education Resources better meet the needs of unique learners. We all learn differently in different contexts, and with different preferences for mode (e.g. text, audio, video, all). The Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University is conducting research and development into creating tools that help make Open Education Resources better meet the needs of all of us unique learners. Read more
One of the most significant global issues of our time is the rapid and ubiquitous change in the Arctic regions of our planet. The world has turned its attention to the Arctic, largely because of a rapidly changing climate; Read more
Within the IRTG 1830 on Complex Membrane Proteins in Development and Disease highly profiled researchers and young academics of two German universities (University of Kaiserslautern and Saarland University) and the University of Alberta at Edmonton (Canada) are investigating the role of membrane proteins in developmental processes and diseases such as immune mediated diseases, deafness, cystic fibrosis, cancer and cardiovascular dysfunction. It was the first joint training group for highly-qualified students from Germany and Canada in the life science area. In Germany, the programme is financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG) while the partner group in Canada receives funding from the Collaborative Research and Training Experiences Program (CREATE) of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Read more
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Bertrand Reulet est un chef de file mondial en matière de recherche quantique et de bruit non gaussien. Il bénéficie d’une chaire d’excellence en recherche du Canada sur le traitement des signaux quantiques à l’Université de Sherbrooke. Read more
In December 2015, the LIMPID project, an international collaboration on the development of nanocomposite materials, wrapped up its work. LIMPID was funded through the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme Theme 4, with the goal of developing substances to break-up environmental pollutants. To this end, the LIMPID team developed materials and technologies based on the synergic combination of different types of nanoparticles. The resulting polymer hosts created innovative nanocomposites with properties that work to degrade pollutants. Read more
BioSHaRE (Biobank Standardization and Harmonization for Research Excellence in the European Union), a Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) funded project (2010-2015), is a consortium of European leading biobanks and international researchers. BioSHaRE objectives were to develop data harmonization tools and standardized IT systems for existing biobanks and cohorts across Europe in order to conduct pan-European epidemiological research.
Horizon 2020’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) provide grants to researchers seeking international and interdisciplinary mobility experiences. The MSCA also enable research-focused organisations (universities, research centres, and companies) to host talented foreign researchers and to create strategic partnerships with leading institutions worldwide. Dr. Catarina C. Ferreira, a Portuguese citizen, was awarded an MSCA Individual Fellowship to complete post-doctoral research from January 2015 to December 2016 at Trent University in Peterborough, Canada and at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig, Germany during 2017. She shared her experience with us. Read more
The Modern Being Project is a consortium of small businesses (SMEs) and university researchers from Austria, Canada, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Slovenia focused on developing an innovative, homogenous, personal network architecture for private and secure storage, contact management and communications in and with the Cloud. The aim of Modern Being is to create a state of the art framework for secure personal Cloud computing and Internet of Things (IoT). Michael Cholod the founder of Modern Being, a Vancouver-based start-up ICT company, and the driver behind the project submitted the story behind the project and the role ERA-Can+ played in it.
Dr. Nicola Fameli, an Italian-born Canadian researcher from the University of British Columbia, who was awarded a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship under the European Union Framework Programme 7, shares his personal and professional experiences from his fellowship tenure.
Samuel’s project focuses on ultrasound detection of fatty liver disease (FLD). The disease can present as a result of factors such as obesity, diabetes, or alcohol consumption. Although patients with FLD don’t usually have symptoms, the disease can be fatal, making timely diagnosis critical. Read more
Archerfish used in the study could recognize the same face with 86 per cent accuracy.
New research suggests that fish can recognize human faces, putting to bed a previous theory that only animals with large brains, like primates, can accomplish such a complex task. Read more
TRIUMF has collaborated with CERN on a number of major projects, including the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the ATLAS detector, big data computing, rare isotope beam research and development, and the ALPHA experiment. This international partnership has not only produced scientific benefits for both laboratories, but also established a strong foundation for ongoing scientific collaboration between Canada and Europe.
In 2013, as part of Canada’s involvement in the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) scientists were invited to participate in a multi-partner call on agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) research launched by the European Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI). Read more
The Europeans were the first to recognize that important research outcomes could be realized in the aerospace sector with Canada. Canada has a thriving aerospace business led by strong companies like Bombardier and Pratt and Whitney and universities who are doing world class research in aeronautics. It took a total of five years and the sustained interest of many key players who worked to identify common interests before success was realized. ERA-CAN II and ERA-CAN+ were instrumental in providing valuable advice through workshops to Canadian researchers on how they could access Framework Program (FP 6&7) and then Horizon 2020 funding.
The Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) is a global aquatic research and partnership platform headquartered at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. OTN is somewhat unusual in the Canadian science context in that it has a specific mandate to operate internationally. Read more