Aug. 18, 2006

First Sino-Canadian scientific conference aims for a unique collaboration

Hamilton, ON - The first Bilateral Sino-Canadian Scientific Exchange Conference to be held between the two countries begins today at McMaster University. It’s purpose is to jump-start collaboration in research commercialization between the two countries.


Scientists and researchers from both countries will exchange projects and ideas in some of the most important areas of research, particularly the rapidly evolving areas in advanced polymer materials and advanced metallic materials, and their nano-scale characterization. The commercialization and intellectual property rights of research will also be discussed.


"This conference is concrete evidence of the cooperation and excitement that exists between the two countries," said Luke Chan, associate vice-president, International Affairs. "Both are committed to moving forward with advanced materials research, but they also want to get projects off the drawing board and to consumers. Discoveries aren't important until they have a practical relevance for consumers."

A seminar on commercialization and development will be held Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 4 p.m. in the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery, Room 3020. Chaired by Luke Chan, from McMaster University’s Office of International Affairs, it will feature addresses by Alastair Glass, deputy minister of the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation; Bob Marshall from the Ontario Centre of Excellence; Shirley Wong from the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office; and Nick Markettos, who is overseeing the development of the McMaster Innovation Park.


Canadian scientists and researchers from McMaster University, University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, Carleton University, Queen’s University, Acadia University, and the University of Alberta will be at the conference as will their counterparts from CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory and the Xerox Research Centre of Canada.


Chinese scientists and researchers will be attending from Tshinghua University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Zhejiang University, Fudan University, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of Beijing,  Southeast University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Metal Research, Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, South Yangtze University, Nankai University, Dongguan Institute of Technology, and Central South University.


The conference runs until August 25. Further information and conference abstracts are available on the web site of the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research


McMaster University, a world-renowned, research-intensive university, fosters a culture of innovation, and a commitment to discovery and learning in teaching, research and scholarship. Based in Hamilton, the University, one of only four Canadian universities to be listed on the Top 100 universities in the world, has a student population of more than 23,000, and an alumni population of more than 120,000 in 128 countries.