Society of Italian Researchers & Professionals in Western Canada
Special Message

Social distancing guidelines put forth by the Canadian government (no large crowd events) is still paramount in our fight of Covid-19.

ARPICO speaking/public events are typically, by their very nature, occasions when people meet and converse at close range, rendering social distancing challenging. In light of this and in line with both provincial and federal guidelines, for the safety of its members, guests, speakers and volunteers, the ARPICO board of directors has voted unanimously to suspend the Society’s public activity until further notice.

We will continue to monitor the development of the pandemic in Canada and around the world via information from national and international health officers, with a view to decide when it will be safe to restart our public events. We are all very much looking forward to a time when life returns to normal and public activities can resume.

We wish to emphasize that the rest of ARPICO’s activities, such as selection of topics and speakers for future events, fundraising, advertising our travel scholarship and interviewing applicants for it will continue normally.

We trust that our members will support this course of action and are looking forward to resuming our activity as soon as the health situation permits it.

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.

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