NSERC supports the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development
July 12, 2022
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is pleased to support and celebrate the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD 2022). IYBSSD 2022 was implemented by the United Nations to emphasize the importance of basic sciences to address the Sustainable Development Goals.
The solutions to many grand challenges of our times, such as climate change, food security, public health, and others, are rooted in basic sciences. Research in basic sciences fosters innovation and scientific breakthroughs needed for the long-term growth and well-being of Canadians and the world. As Canada's largest supporter of discovery and innovation, NSERC supports and promotes research in basic sciences through various mechanisms, including, Discovery grants, scholarships and fellowships, science and engineering promotion, and research partnerships.
To formalize NSERC's commitment to celebrating IYBSSD 2022, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by Professor Alejandro Adem, President of NSERC, and Michel Spiro, President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) to establish NSERC as a founding partner.
“Basic sciences are the foundation of scientific innovation. NSERC is glad to support the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development 2022 and is committed to promoting and mobilizing efforts to support the basic sciences. In doing so, we are bringing together key stakeholders to address critical challenges facing Canadians and the world.”
– Prof. Alejandro Adem, FRSC, President, NSERC
“The International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development and IUPAP are glad to partner with NSERC. We share a common vision. Stirred by curiosity, each generation of scientists adds to the pool of knowledge built up by previous generations which will then be used to help to solve the global problems we face and to pave the way for a more sustainable development.”
– Dr. Michel Spiro, President, President, International Union of Pure and Applied Physics