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Frontier Science Rountable Brief Available Now

Thursday, August 16, 2018

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On September 25, 2017, the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) and the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) held a roundtable discussion on the potential of today’s frontier scientific research to disrupt tomorrow’s energy system. 

The Frontier Science Roundtable’s purpose was to share with Generation Energy - a national dialogue on Canada’s path to a low-carbon future hosted by Natural Resources Canada - a science perspective on the potential of today’s frontier scientific research to disrupt tomorrow’s energy system. The Generation Energy campaign invited all Canadians to contribute their ideas on how Canada should develop its resources more sustainably and invest in the energy of tomorrow. The information collected through Generation Energy will be used to design an approach for how the federal government can work with provinces and territories to create the affordable energy and innovative jobs Canadians want.

Roundtable participants were drawn from diverse focus areas including machine learning, nanomaterials and science fiction and were tasked with considering how uncertainty of research outcomes and convergence of research disciplines could affect Canada’s long-term energy future. The 2050+ timeline and framing of the discussion encouraged new ideas regarding both physical andtheoretical frameworks, as well as the policy and funding ecosystem needed to realize the opportunities that may arise. The roundtable did not seek consensus. Rather, its intent was to generate feedback and insights that can help future policy and investment.

Learn more about the Frontier Science Roundtable and read the Brief.