Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

November 23, 2010 09:01 ET

NSERC Herzberg Gold Medal Winner to Lecture at Royal Canadian Institute

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 23, 2010) - The Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science (RCI) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) are proud to sponsor the RCI Foundation Lecture entitled, "Quantum Magic for Everyone." This lecture is being delivered by Gilles Brassard of the Université de Montréal, the 2009 recipient of NSERC's Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering.

Quantum mechanics has the potential to spark an unprecedented revolution in information processing. Quantum computers could trigger a complete meltdown of the schemes currently used over the Internet to protect the security of electronic commerce and quantum cryptography allows us to fight back, making it possible to communicate with unconditional confidentiality.

The Quantum Magic for Everyone lecture will take place on Thursday, November 25, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. in the Medical Sciences Building, Room 3154, at the University of Toronto (located at 1 King's College Circle, Queen's Park Subway Station). Admission is free.

The RCI, Canada's oldest scientific organization, joined forces with NSERC to establish the Foundation Lecture, marking the foundation of the institute in 1849. Each year, the lecture is delivered by the winner of the NSERC Herzberg Gold Medal. This medal is presented to an individual who has demonstrated sustained excellence and influence in research for a body of work conducted in Canada that has substantially advanced the natural sciences or engineering fields. For more information on the Foundation Lectures, please call 416-977-2983 or visit

NSERC is a federal agency which helps make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for all Canadians. The agency supports some 29,500 university students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding more than 11,800 university professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging more than 1,500 Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects.

Contact Information