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February 10, 2011

Governor General to Celebrate Canada’s Top Natural Sciences and Engineering Researchers

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present a series of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) awards during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Monday, February 14, 2011, at 5:30 p.m.

On this occasion, His Excellency will deliver a speech on the importance of learning and innovation, and will recognize the work of outstanding and highly promising scientists and engineers who are part of Canada’s academic research community.

NSERC is a federal agency that helps make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports some 30 000 post-secondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding more than 12 000 professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging more than 1 500 Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects.

About the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Awards:

NSERC André Hamer Postgraduate Prizes:
The NSERC André Hamer Postgraduate Prizes are awarded to the most outstanding candidates in NSERC’s master’s and doctoral scholarships competitions. Valued at $10,000 each, the prizes were established by Arthur McDonald, winner of the 2003 Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, in memory of a very promising young scientist who passed away in 2003. A total of two prizes will be awarded in this category.

NSERC Howard Alper Post doctoral Prize:
The NSERC Howard Alper Postdoctoral Prize is awarded to the most outstanding candidate in NSERC’s postdoctoral fellowships competition. Valued at $20,000, the prize recognizes academic excellence, existing and potential research contributions, interpersonal and communication skills, and leadership abilities. It was established by Howard Alper, recipient of the 2000 Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering.

NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships:
NSERC's E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships are awarded annually to enhance the career development of outstanding and highly promising scientists and engineers who are faculty members at Canadian universities. The Steacie Fellowships honour the memory of Edgar William Richard Steacie, an outstanding chemist and research leader who made major contributions to the development of science in Canada during, and immediately following, the Second World War. A total of six fellowships will be awarded in this category.

Synergy Awards for Innovation:
NSERC’s Synergy Awards for Innovation honour the most outstanding achievements of university-industry collaboration in the natural sciences and engineering. By working together, these award-winning companies and universities have proven that effective partnerships are the foundation of achievement. Their success has enriched academic and research programs at Canadian universities while providing tangible benefits to Canadians. A total of four prizes are awarded in this category.

Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering:
The Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering recognizes outstanding Canadian teams of researchers from different disciplines who have come together to engage in research by drawing on their combined knowledge and skills, and who

have produced a record of excellent achievements in the natural sciences and engineering in the last six years. In tribute to the pursuit of excellence in research that the late Canadian scientist Bertram N. Brockhouse exemplified and inspired, NSERC is proud to offer an interdisciplinary research prize in his name.

NSERC John C. Polanyi Award:
The NSERC John C. Polanyi Award honours an individual or team whose Canadian-based research has led to a recent outstanding advance in the natural sciences or engineering. The award was established in tribute to the excellence in research that John C. Polanyi continues to exemplify. Dr. Polanyi won the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering:
The Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, NSERC’s highest honour, recognizes research contributions characterized by both excellence and influence—two qualities that defined Dr. Herzberg’s illustrious career. It is awarded annually to an individual who has demonstrated sustained excellence and influence in research for a body of work conducted in Canada that has substantially advanced the natural sciences or engineering fields.

For more information on NSERC programs and awards, visit their website at www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca.

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Media wishing to cover the event are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office, and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 5:15 p.m.

Media information:

Christelle Legault
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-998-7280
christelle.legault@gg.ca

Danielle Nasrallah
Senior Communications Advisor, Public Affairs
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
613-996-3861
media@nserc-crsng.gc.ca