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NSERC Awards

February 23, 2012

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 27, 2012, 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.

“The ingenuity of the 2012 NSERC Awards recipients benefits humanity in all sorts of ways,” said the Governor General. “They are all building a better world, based on a shared commitment to science and reason. I congratulate them and encourage them to continue working together, as advocates for science, and inspiring the next generation.”

The following NSERC Awards will be presented during the ceremony:

  • Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering
  • Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering
  • NSERC John C. Polanyi Award
  • E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships
  • Synergy Awards for Innovation
  • NSERC Howard Alper Postdoctoral Prize
  • NSERC André Hamer Postgraduate prizes

The names of the award recipients will be announced in the afternoon, on the day of the ceremony.

For more information on NSERC programs and awards, visit their website at


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.

For more information about the NSERC Awards and the announcement of the recipients, please contact NSERC

Media information:

Julie Rocheleau
Rideau Hall Press Office

Martin Leroux