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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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  • Integrated Microbial Biodiversity

Collaborative Field-Based Research

by CIFAR
May 9 / 17
"You never know what you're going to find... that's the unpredictability aspect of all these expeditions," says CIFAR Senior Fellow Julius Lukeš.

More than 20 scientists traveled to Curaçao to study microbial networks in coral reef ecosystems.

This is the second in a series of videos on CIFAR's Integrated Microbial Biodiversity program, its unique collaborative approach and the big role microbes play in our world.