10th Anniversary Celebration & IRMACS Days

Schedule - Thursday, April 9 | Schedule - Friday, April 10 | Register

irmacs logoIRMACS Day will take on an exciting new look this year. In celebration of two milestones - IRMACS' 10th anniversary and the lead up to SFU's 50th anniversary year - the Office of the Vice-President, Research and the IRMACS Centre are pleased to co-host a two-day event showcasing interdisciplinary research and innovation at SFU.

We hope that you will be able to join us and our distinguished guests! Please mark your calendars and register for these free public events.

The IRMACS Centre's 10th Anniversary

Over the past ten years the IRMACS Centre has successfully:

  • nurtured interdisciplinary research, collaborative interaction, and creativity at regional, national and international levels;
  • promoted the sharing of its resources, laboratory space, seminar and discussion rooms, and a broad array of specialized equipment;
  • provided researchers from diverse backgrounds with versatile, technologically sophisticated infrastructure and state-of-the-art computational, visualization and communication resources;
  • fostered community involvement;
  • served as an open space for scientific and community events; and
  • by providing inspiration and enlightenment, helped scientists from all walks of academic life to perform their research at the highest level.

Since the IRMACS Centre officially opened in April 2005, thousands of SFU researchers as well as researchers from around the world have engaged in research projects, scientific seminar series, workshops, and conferences hosted and organized by the Centre.

None of this would be possible without the far-reaching vision and leadership of Dr. Peter Borwein, the Founding Director of the IRMACS Centre. For this reason we dedicate this celebration of creative collaboration and research innovation to Dr. Borwein.

For the afternoon session on April 9th and for the full day on April 10th, we invite all current and former members of the IRMACS Centre and all scientists from across Simon Fraser who are involved in, or curious about, interdisciplinary research to join us in marking this landmark event!

Participation in the afternoon event on April 9th and in any event on April 10th comes with no cost, but for planning purposes we ask all interested to register.


Schedule - Thursday, April 9

Interdisciplinary Centres and Institutes: Opportunities and Challenges Workshop
(co-hosted by the IRMACS Centre and the Faculty of Environment)

Join colleagues from across Canada and beyond our borders to discuss how, regardless of their size, their host universities, or their fields of research, interdisciplinary centres and institutes have many things in common.

"Interdisciplinarity, Multidisciplinarity and Transdisciplinarity: The Present and the Future"
Time: 13:00 - 14:20

- Open to the public - Please register

Schedule - Friday, April 10

Celebrating Creative Collaboration and Innovation @ SFU
(co-hosted by the IRMACS Centre and the Office of the VP Research)

Join SFU VP Research Joy Johnson, CIHR President Alain Beaudet, SSHRC President Ted Hewitt, NSERC Director of Research Grants and Scholarships Directorate, Enik√∂ Megyeri-Lawless, in a roundtable discussion about research innovation. This day will also feature PechaKucha presentations and invited speakers to showcase how 50 years of evolution at SFU and 10 years of interdisciplinary research at IRMACS have "powered up" creative collaboration and innovation.

- Open to the public - Please register

All events will take place at the IRMACS Centre, Simon Fraser University

Contact Pam Borghardt at pam@irmacs.sfu.ca for more information.

Happy 10th Anniversary IRMACS!
Happy 50th Anniversary SFU!

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