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CIC Saskatoon: The Canadian lightsource -“BIG” science has a home in Saskatoon

November 6, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm CST


In recognition of the newly-developing Agricultural Applications Focus at the CLS – the first synchrotron in the world to do so – the CIC is pleased to present Dr. Robert Lamb.

Canada has a handful of major national scientific research facilities. These “Big Science” institutes cost hundreds of millions of dollars to build and operate and are at the innovative edge of Canada’s technical future. Saskatoon is home to the Canadian Light Source the CLS – the largest single investment (valued at ~$450 M today) in Canadian science in a generation.

Light sources such as the CLS, are the most interdisciplinary of such BIG science Facilities in the world today and are an critical part of science and technology internationally. The CLS annually supports thousands of scientists from across the world engaged in mining, medicine advanced material technologies, environmental science and most recently agriculture. The latter is particularly noteworthy given the unique location of the facility and the potential boost the CLS will provide to Provincial economy in this areas over the coming years.

In essence, however, the CLS is just a really bright flashlight, brighter than the sun containing a vast range of the colours of the Universe and this is the key to its versatility. So how does a synchrotron light source work and why does every developed country have one (or more)…. despite the price tag?

This talk will discuss the importance of the CLS to the Canadian community and highlight its future in the big science business.

Speaker’s Biography

Dr. Robert Lamb is the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Light Source, Canada’s national synchrotron facility in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  He was educated at Melbourne and Cambridge Universities and subsequently held academic appointments in England, Germany, the United States, Hong Kong and Australia as well as senior administrative positions in both University and Government. His research centres around the way surfaces interact with the environment. In addition, he has become interested in the way University and private sectors form relationships to translate science into technology. Along the way he has been involved in the creation of 5 companies, the most recent in Hong Kong/China and Canada.


6:00 pm Doors open
6:30 pm Dinner with the speaker (RSVP)
7:45 pm Doors open to the public
8:00 pm Public presentation begins

Two ways to attend

[1] Public Presentation at 8 pm – free; or
[2] Dinner with the speaker at 6 pm, followed by presentation.

Students – $20 per plate
All other CIC members – $25 per plate
Nonmembers – $30 per plate

Register for “dinner+presentation” through the Eventbrite website, or by contacting treasurer Michael Blain at 306-220-2271 (deadline: Friday, November 2, 4:00 p.m.). Dinner registrants will be expected to pay even if they cannot or do not attend. Persons with dinner reservations who cannot attend are encouraged to find someone else to take their place.


November 6, 2018
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm CST
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