Thomas Thundat to host 2016 Summer Institute on Nanotechnologies

Thomas Thundat, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Oil Sands Molecular Engineering at the University of Alberta, will be hosting the 2016 IC-IMPACTS Summer Institute on nanotechnology, in Edmonton.

IC-IMPACTS, the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability, is the first—and, to date, only—Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence. It was established through Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence, and is dedicated to the development of research collaborations between Canada and India.

The 2016 Summer Institute will provide a forum for Canadian and Indian graduate students to connect with each other, and to talk about current and emerging nanotechnologies for safe and sustainable infrastructure, integrated water solutions, and public health. The Summer Institute’s multidisciplinary approach offers a venue for significant cross-fertilization of ideas, and makes it possible for innovative solutions to emerge.

IC-IMPACTS was built upon the vision of three of Canada’s leading research universities—The University of British Columbia, the University of Alberta, and the University of Toronto. The Centre brings together researchers, industry innovators, community leaders, government agencies and community organizations from across India and Canada, to work hand-in-hand to find solutions to key challenges affecting the quality of life of millions of people in Indian and Canadian communities.

The 2016 conference will build on the success of the inaugural 2015 Summer Institute, on optical sensing technologies, which was hosted by the University of Toronto.