Canadian expertise in nuclear science and technology is in high demand when it comes to producing radioisotopes for medical purposes. As the recent events in Chalk River have shown, the world depends upon Canada for these capabilities.
“It is not just the prevalence of university graduates in a city that has a defining impact on the growth in employment, but their mix as well,” says the new StatsCan cities and growth report: Scientists and Engineers and Urban Growth (January 8, 2008).
The global, perhaps even stellar, significance of TRIUMF’s nuclear astrophysics program was featured on MSNBC.com’s Cosmic Log on January 4, 2008, in an article by renowned science journalist Alan Boyle.
On the morning of Saturday, January 12, 2008, 56 high school students and a dozen adults gathered in the TRIUMF auditorium to peer into the future of particle physics and to consider the nature of science in general.
Since the 1990s, TRIUMF has secured its operating funds through a 5-year contribution agreement with National Research Council Canada. The present cycle ends in 2010 and efforts to develop the plan for the 2010-2015 are well underway.