Society of Italian Researchers & Professionals in Western Canada
ARPICO aims to promote, share and facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and research work; to provide an accessible and informal forum for discussions, debate and exchange of ideas related to topics and issues relevant to modern society; to be a point of reference, support and networking for researchers, professionals and students in Western Canada; to promote cooperation and networking with governmental, industrial, and professional entities.
Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage [ MATECSS ]
April 10th & 11th, 2014

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the official inauguration of the UNESCO Chair "Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage" (MATECSS). The UNESCO Chair MATECSS, based at INRS-EMT, has partner institutes in Algeria, China, Costa Rica, India, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, and Vietnam. Through targeted educational programs and joint research initiatives, MATECSS aims to strengthen both North-South and South-South partnerships.

The MATECSS inauguration will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal on the morning of April 10, 2014.

Coffee and pastries will be served between 09:00 and 10:00.

At 10:00, brief introductory speeches will be made by the President of INRS, Professor Daniel Coderre, by the Vice-President for Research, Professor Yves Begin, and Dr. Federico Rosei.

These welcome statements will be followed by a keynote presentation by Professor John C. Polanyi, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, who will speak about "How Discoveries Are Made and Why It Matters".

A networking lunch will be served at noon.

You are also welcome to participate in a scientific workshop with the international partners of the UNESCO Chair, which will take place on the afternoon of April 10 and throughout the day on April 11. Researchers who are interested in presenting work on topics pertinent to MATECSS may contact Dr. Federico Rosei to arrange for an oral presentation (by invitation only) at the workshop.

We would kindly ask that you RSVP via email to prior to January 27, 2014.

Join us as a member of ARPICO to support our endeavour to disseminate knowledge and research work, provide accesible and informal forums for discussions and debate, and exchange ideas realted to topics and issues relevant to modern society.