The symposium will explore the most cutting-edge scientific topics and revolutionary ideas shaping the world today from various disciplines, in order to provide a forum for truly cross-disciplinary discussion and engagement. The symposium will include the six following sessions:
- Aging: Quest for the Elixir of Life
- Deciphering the Origin of Life on Earth
- Global Governance
- High Efficiency Materials
- Learning Like Humans
- Mapping the Cosmos
A total of 60 participants will be involved in the symposium (30 from each country), providing an intimate and engaging setting for discussion. Each session at the symposium will focus on young researchers from both countries whose research areas complement and intersect with each other within the scope of the themes of the sessions.
There are currently 18 speakers (three per session) and 12 session co-leads, with half from Japan and half from Canada. Session co-leads include CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Kieran O’Donnell (Child & Brain Development) and Graham Taylor (Learning in Machines & Brains) who have been engaged in the development and organization of the symposium. The other Canadian co-leads include Karin Hinzer (University of Ottawa), Bing Chen (Memorial University), Sara Ellison (University of Victoria), and Lara Aknin(Simon Fraser University).
The speakers are early-career researchers from Japan and Canada who have made a significant impact in their respective fields and are both national and international leaders in scientific advancement. Among the Canadian speakers participating in the symposium are CIFAR Senior Fellow Matt Dobbs (Gravity & the Extreme Universe) and CIFAR Fellow Curtis Berlinguette (Bio-Inspired Solar Energy).