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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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  • Molecular Architecture of Life

Oliver Ernst: How does life begin?

by CIFAR
Nov 6 / 14
On Nov. 6, 2014, “Four Questions to Change the World,” brought together speakers from proposed programs selected through CIFAR’s Global Call for Ideas.

Oliver P. Ernst (University of Toronto) discussed the fundamental questions about how molecular processes give rise to living systems. He is the Co-Director of CIFAR's Molecular Architecture of Life program.