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Western University's "Batman" recognized for life-long popularization of bat biology to the Canadian public

Biologist and bat expert Brock Fenton wins $10,000 Award for Science Promotion

June 17, 2015 - Ottawa, Ontario

Brock Fenton, Canada’s “batman,” and world-recognized authority on bats is the winner of this year’s NSERC Award for Science Promotion (Individual) from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

The award, presented to Dr. Fenton today by the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), honours individuals who are inspirational in the way they promote science and engineering to the general public. Winners are nominated by their peers and stand out for their ability to teach the public about science and motivate youth to pursue careers in the natural sciences and engineering.

Dr. Fenton captures people’s fascination with bats to teach them about bat evolution, their specialized biology, and unique behavior. He also seeks to involve communities in the protection of bats and their natural habitats. His publications and presentations are made even more memorable by the anecdotes that he includes about his field work and research.

Dr. Fenton has written many publications about bats aimed at the public and given hundreds of public talks and media interviews on the science of bats. On top of his own outreach work, Dr. Fenton has committed himself to encouraging outreach by the students he mentors as well as researchers.

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“Fostering science culture in Canada is a high priority for NSERC. It is scientists like Dr. Fenton who are indispensable to building this culture. He has tremendous zeal for natural science and a history of going above-and-beyond to spread his knowledge to the public. Without this kind of energy and dedication to outreach from the scientific community, Canada cannot achieve a science culture. I want to congratulate Dr. Fenton on winning this award. I know that people of all ages and backgrounds across the country will be inspired by his work.”
- Dr. B. Mario Pinto, President, NSERC

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The NSERC Awards for Science Promotion


NSERC is the primary funding agency supporting Canada’s science and engineering research community. The agency supports almost 30,000 post-secondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding approximately 12,000 professors every year and fosters innovation by working with over 3,000 Canadian companies that are participating and investing in post-secondary research projects.


Scott French
Director of Communications and Parliamentary Affairs
Office of the Minister of State (Science and Technology)
Tel.: 343-291-2700

Martin Leroux
Media and Public Affairs Officer
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Tel.: 613-943-7618