CIAR 20/20 Vision Conference

World's Leading Researchers From the Scientific Community Convene for CIAR 20*20 Conference
CIAR celebrates 20- year anniversary with a meeting of the minds in Victoria

Toronto, ON, June 5, 2002 - From the latest developments in the Big Bang theory to the most recent findings in population health - these are all on the agenda of The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research's (CIAR) upcoming 20*20 Vision event being held June 14-17 at the Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria, BC. The event, which marks CIAR's 20th anniversary, will bring together over 170 of the world's leading research experts in disciplines ranging from economics and health sciences to molecular science and earth system evolution, who will be exploring some of the research initiatives that are shaping the world as we know it today.
CIAR was established in 1982 to address scientific, economic and social issues of long-term significance to Canada. Often called Canada's catalyst for discovery, CIAR enables top researchers from across Canada to work closely with their most distinguished colleagues from around the world on intellectual challenges of global importance.

Program members are selected on the basis of their eminence in their chosen fields. By working together under the auspices of CIAR, Canadian researchers have emerged as world leaders in such vital areas of basic research as Cosmology and Gravity, Earth System Evolution, Economic Growth and Policy, Evolutionary Biology, Human Development, Nanoelectronics, Population Health and Superconductivity. (From

Links on CIAR 20*20 Vision Conference
An Exciting Gathering puts our Best Thinkers on Display The Vancouver Sun
Physicists Push Theories of the Universe to the Edge The Vancouver Sun
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Cosmology & Gravity Program

Program Director:
J. Richard Bond, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, Director

The two or three decades on either side of the millennium may well mark the golden age of cosmology. This golden age began in the late 1960s with the discovery of quasars, neutron stars, the cosmic background radiation, and the elucidation of the concept of a black hole; and is likely to culminate with the understanding of the formation of galaxies, stars, and quasars, a thorough inventory of the mass and energy in the universe, and the accurate measurement of the fundamental parameters of the Universe, such as age, size, and geometry. In the twentieth century, cosmology turned to physics to understand exotic astronomical objects; in the twenty-first, physics is turning to cosmology for a unique laboratory in which to study physics in extreme environments. (From