About the 2016 Summer Institute

The 2016 Summer Institute on Nanotechnologies builds on the success of the inaugural 2015 Summer Institute on Optical Sensing Technologies hosted by the University of Toronto. The objective is to provide a forum for Canadian and Indian graduate students to engage in active dialogue about current and emerging nanotechnologies in the areas of safe and sustainable infrastructure, integrated water solutions and public health. It is through a multi-disciplinary approach that the significant cross-fertilization of ideas can occur and innovative solutions emerge.

Specifically, participation in the Summer Institute is expected to:

  • Build participants’ knowledge and understanding of the latest developments and challenges within the academic, industrial sector and international landscape of innovation in the field of nanotechnologies;
  • Provide a meaningful and high quality training experience for participants; and,
  • Develop connections between students and research groups between Canada and India.

Academic researchers and representatives from industrial firms working in the nanotechnologies field will share their experiences mobilizing technologies for commercialization; speak about issues facing the nanotechnologies industry; and identify emerging research challenges and opportunities for community-based application.

Institute highlights include:

  • Speakers from Canada, India, and other countries will share insights on current, leading-edge research and best practices in applying innovations into community contexts
  • Applied case studies will showcase real-world experiences on commercializing research and implementing innovations directly into community contexts
  • Opportunities for graduate students to showcase their research through rapid fire presentations
  • Participation in a theme-focused topic challenge: working in teams, participants will identify solutions to a real world challenge and collaboratively create an intervention that accelerates the identified technology or concept into a safe, effective, affordable and scalable community-based application
  • Program design supports networking and knowledge sharing


The 2016 Institute is open to any student who: 

  • Is registered for study in September 2016, in a masters (or Integrated Masters), doctoral or post-doctoral program at a recognized university in Canada or India (including the Indian Institute of Technology or Indian Institute of Science) AND 
  • Has undertaken coursework and/or research related to nanotechnologies in the areas of safe and sustainable infrastructure; integrated water solutions or public health. 

These are for a limited number of spaces available. All of the applications will be reviewed by the Steering Committee to ensure that the applicant’s current and/or planned research fits with the themes of the 2016 Institute. All decisions made by the Steering Committee will be final. 

Applicants will be notified of the success or otherwise of their applications by February 1, 2016. 

Note: Successful applicants will be required to sign a funding agreement outlining the terms and conditions of the funding. Signing the agreement commits the applicant to attending and participating in all aspects of the Summer Institute, including the completion of all assignments and readings. 

Selection Criteria

Participation in the Summer Institute is expected to: 

  • Build the participants’ knowledge and understanding of the latest developments and challenges within the academic, industrial sector and international landscape of innovation in the field of nanotechnologies 
  • Provide a meaningful and high quality training experience for the participants 

In assessing applications, the following criteria will be considered:  

  • Clarity, coherence and presentation of the application 
  • Relevant academic training and experience  
  • Alignment of coursework and/or research to one of the IC-IMPACTS’ research themes (safe and sustainable infrastructure, integrated water management or public health) AND to the specific theme of the 2016 Summer Institute i.e., nanotechnologies  
  • Expected contribution to the applicant’s knowledge, research program, and career goals 
  • An indication of how the applicant’s participation will contribute to the goals of IC-IMPACTS 

Note: Space is limited as only 50 graduate students will be selected to attend this program.

Financial Support

The following costs will be borne by IC-IMPACTS for all applicants selected to attend the 2016 Nanotechnologies Summer Institute:

  • Return travel to Edmonton
    • Economy airfare or cost of land travel, i.e., by bus or train ticket equivalent to the cost of an economy airfare, if residing outside of Edmonton
    • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance
  • Canadian visa fee (reimbursed)
    • The necessary documentation for the visa application process for travel to Canada will be provided upon acceptance to the Summer Institute.
  • Accommodation at the University of Alberta student residences
    • From Saturday, May 28 to Saturday, June 4 inclusive
    • Single room accommodation, with showers and linens, will be provided at the University of Alberta’s Schäffer Hall student residence, located in the Lister Centre Conference Centre. Each floor of the residence has a shared kitchen and a common room.
  • Attendance at all sessions
  • Opening Reception and closing dinner
  • Breakfasts, lunches and refreshment breaks during the Institute
  • Transportation to/from Edmonton International Airport to the University of Alberta

Note: All participants are required to purchase extended travel health insurance (if a resident outside of Canada).  This cost is not covered by IC-IMPACTS


Those attending the 2016 Nanotechnologies Summer Institute will receive:

  • Electronic copies of the Summer Institute speaker presentations and participant e-poster presentations
  • Certificate of Completion

Extended Stay

If you are interested in extending your stay in Edmonton once the Summer Institute is over, the University of Alberta has a unique placement program for Masters level students.

Placements are 10-12 weeks in length where students gain hands-on, practical research experience in their academic discipline and receive a stipend of $5,000 CAD.

Applications to the University of Alberta Research Experience Placement Program closes December 20, 2015.