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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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  • Bio-inspired Solar Energy

Ted Sargent: Can plants point the way to sustainable energy?

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.

Ted Sargent (University of Toronto) spoke about using the lessons of biology to create more efficient forms of energy. Sargent is the Director of CIFAR's Bio-Inspired Solar Energy program.