The IC-IMPACTS Summer Institute advances the development of a future generation of researchers and innovation leaders who are able to lead complex multidisciplinary research teams, transfer knowledge across domains, and who will have the skillset to commercialize their research and apply their innovations directly into community contexts to affect real change. Equally, the Institute strengthens peer-to-peer networks and the understanding of the latest developments and challenges within the industrial sector and international landscape of innovation, all of which are vital to generating an entrepreneurial mindset.

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


IC-IMPACTS (the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability) is the first, and only, Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence established through the Canadian Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) as a new Centre dedicated to the development of research collaborations between Canada and India.

Built upon the vision of three of Canada’s leading research universities – The University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, and University of Toronto – and internationally reputed academic institutions in India (Indian Institutes of Technology in Bombay, Roorkee and Delhi; Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, V.P. Ches Institute; and the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology), IC-IMPACTS is a pan-Canadian Centre bringing together researchers, industry innovators, community leaders, government agencies, and community organizations from across India and Canada, to work hand-in-hand to find solutions to the key challenges that affect the quality of life of millions of people in Indian and Canadian communities