CAP/NSERC Liaison Committee

About Us

The Liaison Committee acts as an interface to the Canadian physics research community, operating at arm’s length from both the CAP and NSERC. Our primary focus is to identify, discuss and analyze opportunities that the Canadian physics research community could seize or build on, and challenges that it may face, in its quest to be at the forefront of research at the international level. In particular, we are identifying factors that are crucial for the success to date of Canadian physics, and making recommendations as to how the Canadian physics research community could build on its leading role on the international stage and improve the research climate for physics in Canada. This is based on quantitative analysis of factual information, which includes input received from the Canadian physics research community.

Our Mandate

  • Identification, discussion and analysis of opportunities that the Canadian physics research community could seize or build on, and challenges it may face, in its quest to be at the forefront of research at the international level.
  • Communication, discussion and analysis of issues brought forward by the Canadian physics research community and their suggestions concerning NSERC’s programs.
  • Discussion of topics on which NSERC is consulting the community and preparation of responses on these topics.
  • Discussion of matters that may help to inform the Group Chair for his/her participation in the Committee on Grants and Scholarships (COGS).

CAP/NSERC Liaison Committee News and Resources

The Committee’s Terms of Reference as well as recent news, activities and reports can be found at http://www.phys-cap-nserc.org.

Committee Membership (effective June, 2018)

  • Rituparna Kanungo, St Mary’s University University – Chair of the LC (term ends June 2020)
  • Karen Kavanagh, Simon Fraser University – Quantum and Soft Condensed Matter Physics (term ends June 2021)
  • Jean-Pierre St-Maurice, University of Saskatchewan – Near-Earth and Space Physics (term ends June 2020)
  • Iris Dillmann, Memorial University of Newfoundland – Subatomic Physics (term ends June 2021)
  • Eric Poisson, University of Guelph – Theoretical and Mathematical Physics (term ends June 2019)
  • François Légaré, INRS-EMT – Atomic and Molecular Physics, Optics and Lasers, and Plasmas (term ends June 2020)
  • Melanie Martin, University of Winnipeg – Biomedical and Biological Physics (term ends June 2019)
  • Lorne Nelson, Bishop’s University – Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Cosmology (term ends June 2020)

Ex Officio Members:

NSERC Representatives

  • Emily Diepenveen, Team Leader, overseeing the Physics and Computer Science portfolio within the Mathematical, Environmental and Physical Sciences Division of NSERC’s Research Grants and Scholarships Directorate
  • Elizabeth Boston, Director of NSERC’s Mathematical, Environmental and Physical Division within the Research Grants and Scholarships Directorate
  • Philip Bale, Program Officer, Research Grants, Physics and Computer Science
  • Ed Irving, Manager, College and Community Innovation Program, Research Partnerships Directorate, Colleges, Commercialization, and Portfolio Planning
  • Kari Dalnoki-Veress, Chair of NSERC’s Physics Evaluation Group

CAP Representatives

  • Ubi Wichoski, CAP Director of Academic Affairs
  • Francine Ford, CAP Executive Director