The Advanced Research Complex—Fostering innovation in photonics and geoscience

This new facility will allow our strong team to take that research to the next level.  

The Advanced Research Complex—Fostering innovation in photonics and geoscience

On September 25, 2012, the University of Ottawa will officially break ground on the uOttawa Advanced Research Complex, taking the next step in becoming Canada’s science and engineering powerhouse.

The uOttawa Advanced Research Complex (ARC) will house two separate and equally exciting leading research efforts—the revamped uOttawa Centre for Advanced Photonics and a cluster of state-of-the-art geo-science laboratories.

“The University of Ottawa has an incredible base of science and engineering researchers, well recognized as among the best in Canada,” says uOttawa president, Allan Rock. “This new facility will allow our strong team to take that research to the next level. Today we set ourselves on the path to making Ottawa the geo-science epicentre of Canada and the photonics capital of the world.”

At the University of Ottawa, we believe investing in human capacity will help us accelerate the pace of innovation in advanced photonics and environmental analysis. ARC will provide internationally recognized talent with access to leading-edge equipment in a state-of-the-art facility. Photonics stands to revolutionize the world we live in and enhance our quality of life through advances in areas such as medical diagnostics resulting in earlier detection of disease, personalized medicine, tissue engineering, renewable energy sources and new materials. At the same time, geoscience will help us better detect contaminants in our bodies and in our environment. The new cutting-edge ARC facility will bring together researchers, students and partners to foster greater scientific exchange and innovation.

As one of Canada’s top 10 research-intensive universities, we have recruited several of the world’s outstanding researchers in photonics and geoscience to lead this unique facility, including Robert Boyd, Ian Clark and Paul Corkum, among others.

The official groundbreaking ceremony takes place at the new ARC site on September 25, 2012. The ceremony will be followed by the University of Ottawa’s President’s Lecture Series, featuring Ian Clark, expert in geosciences and professor with the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Science. If you’d like to attend the lecture, please register online.

Information: 613-562-5276 or ceremonies@uOttawa.ca.

Text: University of Ottawa
Photo: Physical Resources Service
Published: September 2012
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Last updated: 2012.11.27