Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

February 25, 2013 09:36 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Celebrate Canada's Top Natural Sciences and Engineering Researchers

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2013) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present a series of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Awards during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at 5:30 p.m.

On this occasion, His Excellency will deliver a speech on the importance of learning and innovation, and will recognize the work of outstanding and highly promising scientists and engineers who are part of Canada's academic research community.

"Each advance in our learning has a ripple effect on our society and culture," said the Governor General. "Reading over their accomplishments, I am struck by the scope and depth of research being done by these recipients, and by its potential to improve the lives of Canadians and indeed of people the world over."

The following NSERC Awards will be presented during the ceremony:

  • NSERC Gilles Brassard Doctoral Prize for Interdisciplinary Research

  • NSERC André Hamer Postgraduate Prizes

  • NSERC Howard Alper Postdoctoral Prize

  • E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships

  • Synergy Awards for Innovation

  • Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering

  • NSERC John C. Polanyi Award

  • Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering

The names of the award recipients will be announced on the day of the ceremony, in the morning.

For more information on NSERC programs and awards, visit

Media wishing to cover the event are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office, and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 5:15 p.m.

For more information about the NSERC Awards and the announcement of the recipients, please contact NSERC.

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