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Committee created and team leads named to further key strategic research theme: New Earth-Space Technologies

Objective of workshop planned for early 2014 is to highlight excellence in Earth-space research and build on diverse strengths
December 18, 2013
The University of Calgary's Rothney Astrophysical Observatory is one of the principal research facilities within the University of Calgary's Department of Physics and Astronomy and one of Canada's best-equipped astronomical teaching facilities.

The University of Calgary's Rothney Astrophysical Observatory is one of the principal research facilities within the University of Calgary's Department of Physics and Astronomy and one of Canada's best-equipped astronomical teaching facilities. 

The University of Calgary’s Academic Plan and Strategic Research Plan are the roadmaps through which the university will achieve its Eyes High strategic direction to become one of Canada¹s top five research-intensive universities by 2016, grounded in innovative thinking and teaching, and fully integrated with the community of Calgary.

As part of the roadmap to achieve these goals, the university’s Strategic Research Plan identifies six multidisciplinary research themes that will leverage its distinct capabilities and address society's unmet needs and challenges

One of the themes, New Earth-Space Technologies (NEST), emerged from the national and international excellence here in sensors and sensor webs, remote sensing, navigation, space science, and geospatial modeling.

To begin implementing the strategy for this theme, the university has identified a NEST leadership committee, chaired by professors Eric Donovan of the Faculty of Science and Susan Skone of the Schulich School of Engineering; their first order of business will be to hold a workshop in early 2014 highlighting excellence in Earth-space research at the University of Calgary.

The immediate objective is for researchers and administrators across the institution to understand the very diverse areas of relevant expertise that have developed separately over the last decades. Looking to the future, the NEST committee will develop strategic recommendations for how new investments will position the university to take NEST to the next level.

The university’s satellite and ground-based technologies enable discoveries in near-Earth and planetary science and astronomy; its instruments will soon launch into orbit as critical components of the European Space Agency's Swarm Earth observing mission.

Innovations made here have fuelled significant advances in global satellite navigation systems, including GPS. With advanced information and communication technologies including geographic information systems and visual analytics, university research has addressed pressing challenges in environment monitoring.

Moving forward, researchers here will work together to build on this foundation, developing an ever stronger and more influential multi-disciplinary program that will take advantage of exciting future Earth and space opportunities.

In addition to the theme of New Earth-Space Technologies, the university is building strength in five other multidisciplinary strategic research themes: Brain and Mental Health; Energy Innovations for Today and Tomorrow; Human Dynamics in a Changing World; Engineering Solutions for Health; and Infections, Inflammation and Chronic Diseases in the Changing Environment.

To learn more about how the University of Calgary is leading the world in New Earth-Space Technologies, click here.