Science and Engineering Research Canada. Canadian university research in science and engineering. some thoughts about the next twenty-five years. Presentation by Dr. Tom Brzustowski President, NSERC to the 2004 IEEE Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Canadian university research
in science and engineering
Presentation by Dr. Tom Brzustowski
to the 2004 IEEE Conference
on Electrical and Computer Engineering
Niagara Falls, Ontario on May 3, 2004
v. 2.2.1 2004 05 03
The big picture -- stressing five unifying themes, rather than
the details of any possible breakthroughs and discoveries:
2. “Drinking from a fire hose”
4. Institutional innovation
5. Commercialization and wealth creation
These five themes do not tell the whole story, nor are they
mutually exclusive, but this list provides a useful way to
introduce some important ideas from the point of view of an
agency that supports research in a great many fields.
Integration involves the exchange or diffusion of perspectives,
concepts, and methods among established disciplines
Here are five areas of research, likely to become increasingly important
in the next 25 years, that will involve integration both within the natural sciences and engineering and/or with disciplines outside the NSE.
The human being
This is not meant to be a complete list, nor an exclusive one. There
will be many more examples of important research that requires or
produces integration, some of which might eventually lead to the
creation of new disciplines. And there will also be lots of examples of important research that is very well accommodated within individual disciplines as they exist today.
Is the goal a new understanding?
Is the goal a new use?
Source: D. Stokes, Pasteur’s
Quadrant, Brookings, 1997
(new understanding, new use)
In all fields
leading to the
of entirely new
research mainly in
more fruitful path
low risk, low return, crowded,
peer review and funding easier
high risk, high potential return, lonely,
peer review and funding difficult to get
failure in the
failure to reach
Commercializing the results of university basic research
results of basic research