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Deadline nearing for CMC conference

CMC 2012 Conference organizers have an exciting agenda for the meeting, being held this year at the Hilton Lac Leamy in Gatineau, QC between May 23 and 25.

The focus of the conference is two-fold: CMC’s research projects and issues facing researchers who want to move research into the world of practice.

Focus on research

Investigators will have several opportunities to talk about progress being made on their research projects. One is the 5-in-5 Research Presentations. Lead PIs or designates from CMC’s research projects are being asked to give short presentations on Wednesday, May 24. Later in the day, a poster session will allow delegates to learn more about research projects.

Prizes of $500 and $250 will be offered to the best two posters. Criteria include visual appeal, content, and the delivery of the poster by the presenting author. Judging the posters will be CMC’s scientific director, assistant scientific director and four theme leads. Winners will be announced during Thursday evening’s banquet.

Panel discussions planned

Conference workshops and lunch panels are designed to highlight issues facing researchers looking to move their work out of the lab and into the world of practice. Topics covered include intellectual property, ways to move research out of the lab and innovation in Canadian universities. Giving the keynote address isGeoff Munro, Chief Scientist and Assistant Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada. Other experts include Rick Whittaker, VP Investments and Chief Technology Officer, Sustainable Development Technology Canada, Karen Mazurkewich, from the Canadian International Council, patent agent Stephen Leonard, from Hill and Schumacher, and David Reese, VP Licensing from Innovate Calgary.

See the attached 2012 CMC Conference Agenda for a complete list.

Other conference highlights include a Science Café on Carbon Capture and Storage, a panel discussion on Carbon Pricing Mechanisms, and a session on Decarbonizing Alberta’s Oil Sands.

Be sure not to miss what promises to be a fascinating and productive meeting.