IC-IMPACTS Newsletter - Apr 2015
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Engaging the Alberta Research Community (See Below)
May 21, 2015 (1:30pm - 3:00pm), Edmonton, Canada

Advancing Canadian Partnerships with India (See Below)
May 21, 2015 (3:00pm - 5:00pm), Edmonton, Canada

IC–IMPACTS Summer Institute in Optical Sensing Technologies
June 14-19, 2015, Toronto, Canada

ConMat'15 Conference
August 19-21, 2015, Whistler, Canada

IC-IMPACTS Featured in Harper-Modi Joint Statement

Canadian Prime Minister the Right Honourable Stephen Harper hosted the Prime Minister of India the Honourable Narendra Modi released a joint statement detailing bilateral relations between Canada and India. The statement gave an overview on how the two countries will be collaborating in many sectors, including Education & Skill Development, Trade, and Science, Technology, and Innovation.

Under Science, Technology and Innovation, the statement proudly mentions the success of IC-IMPACTS and continued support from both nations.  
Advanced Pavement Project Breaks Ground in India

The IC-IMPACTS Advanced Pavements project officially broke ground on March 30, 2015, just outside of Bangalore, India.

The new pavement technologies utilize super-thin pavements and smart sensors and project to increase road lifespan by 15 years. Overall these new roads will use significantly less material, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and recover surface water.

IC-IMPACTS CEO Dr. Nemy Banthia visited the site along with Dr. Suresh, Project Coordinator, officials from ACC Cement and Stewols India, and members of the press.
Ganga River Essay Contest Winners Announced

IC-IMPACTS is proud to have announced that high school students David Nguyen of University Hill Secondary and Haley Bonner of White Rock Christian Academy received the top prize in the Ganga River Essay Competition

IC-IMPACTS CEO Dr. Nemy Banthia and Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s Program Manager Erin Williams presented David and Haley with certificates, cheques, and an etched glass globe for their innovative global thinking.
Justin Trudeau Views Pipeline Demo at IC-IMPACTS lab

Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau visited an IC-IMPACTS infrastructure research lab at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

Interested in the future of infrastructure, Mr. Trudeau was shown how innovative sensors that IC-IMPACTS is currently developing can help monitor the health and integrity of pipes and structures today.

The demonstration helped simulate how advanced sensors could help monitor both future and existing pipelines remotely. Pipelines fitted with these sensors could wirelessly transmit relevant data to a control station miles away.
IC-IMPACTS Successfully Hosts AGM & Scientific Conference

IC-IMPACTS hosted its Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference to great success.  

The annual event, held on March 11-13, 2015 this year featured Graduate Student Seminars on commercializing research, presentations from the Centre's Ganga River Essay Contest, Speakers from all 13 funded projects, panels on infrastructure, water, and public health-related research, insights into community engagement and applied research, and a graduate student research poster competition.

The event was very well received from students, researchers, industry, and various community members.
IC-IMPACTS is Hosting Two Events in Edmonton on May 21

On May 21, 2015, IC-IMPACTS will be present in Edmonton, Canada to share news with and fully engage Alberta's research community.  This event will be held at 1:30pm to 3:00pm, with the event location to be finalized soon.

The success of IC-IMPACTS projects depends on stakeholders and individuals from a variety of sectors.  IC-IMPACTS will also be hosting a reception from 3:00pm - 5:00pm for industry innovators, government officials, community leaders, and other interested members to learn more about the Centre's current activities and how you can be more involved.

If you would like to 
receive an invitation to this event, please email Maggie Wei at
Research Proposals Currently Being Reviewed

IC-IMPACTS is currently reviewing research proposals submitted through it's joint Calls for Proposals with India.

Research proposals submitted to the Call with the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) are in the final stage of review.  Research proposals submitted to the Call with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) are currently in the joint review process.  All applicants will be notified as soon as decisions are reached.

New funding opportunities for researchers are currently under development.  Stay tuned for upcoming announcements.
Speakers for IC-IMPACTS
Summer Institute Confirmed

The IC-IMPACTS is proud to announce that several speakers have been confirmed for its 2015 Summer Institute in June, 2015.

Innovative researchers and leaders from across Canada and India will be participating in equipping students in advanced research techniques and entrepreneurship skills.

Make sure to check back as new speakers and session details are finalized and added!
ChipCare raises over $5 million
in Series A Financing

ChipCare Corporation, a technology company commercialized out of IC-IMPACTS Public Health Theme Lead Dr. Stewart Aitchison's lab, recently raised over $5 million in financing.

The financing round will help the start-up company bring its handheld, blood-testing platform for HIV and other infectious diseases to market.
Conference Registration
is Now Open

ConMat'15 Construction Materials Conference is reminding researchers that registration for the conference is now open.  Interested attendees may register through the ConMat'15 Conference website.
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