CIFAR convenes extraordinary minds to address science and humanity’s most important questions.

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CIFAR is a Canadian-based, global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address science and humanity’s most important questions.

By supporting long-term interdisciplinary collaboration, CIFAR provides researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. Our time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, accelerates discovery and yields breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines. Through knowledge mobilization, we are catalysts for change in industry, government and society. CIFAR’s community of fellows includes 19 Nobel laureates and more than 400 researchers from 22 countries. In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the world's first national AI strategy.

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The Next Big Question 2008: Highlight Reel

Apr 30 / 08

John Helliwell, Social Interactions, Identity and Well Being, on "What makes people happy?", Curtis Suttle, Integrated Microbial Biodiversity, on "How do microbes change the world?", Shawn Marshall, Earth System Evolution, on "How does the Earth change over time?", Louis Taillefer, Quantum Materials, on "How far can superconductivity take us?"

Daniel Gottesman, Quantum Information Processing, on "How can we build a quantum computer?", Victoria Kaspi, Cosmology and Gravity, on "What is the nature of the Universe?", Michele Lamont, Successful Societies, "What makes a society succeed?", Brian Kolb, Experienced-based Brain and Biological Development, on "How do nature and nurture consort?"

Steve Scherer, Genetic Networks, on "How do our genes make us healthy or sick?", Mark Freeman, Nanoelectronics, on "How can we control single electrons?", Sam Roweis, Neural Computation and Adaptive Perception, on "How does our brain create models of the world?", Alex Haslam, Social Interactions, Identity, Well-Being, on "What makes people happy?"