The world’s honeybee populations are declining: ravaged by a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder that kills entire hives with no warning. Up to 30 percent of the world’s food supply relies on honeybee pollination, yet scientists don’t yet know what causes the problem.
“When companies need to recall food due to a listeria outbreak, it costs a lot of money,” says Éric Biron, a professor at Université Laval. “At the same time, the loss associated with animal deaths caused by clostridium in livestock farming is estimated to be around $2 billion per year.”
For First Nations communities in northern Canada and other remote regions, access to safe and clean water, toilets, and food preparation areas presents a serious challenge to communal gatherings. For elders, women, youth, and gender-diverse community members, this often means they simply do not participate in community events.
With one in four recent Canadian STEM graduates leaving the country, citing better job opportunities abroad*, talent migration affects us all. A shortage of talent in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math constrains Canada’s potential for economic diversity, development, and innovation.
EMBC turned to Mitacs’s Canadian Science Policy Fellowship to find expertise for the project. The fellowship provides access to highly qualified PhDs from across the country, and it enabled EMBC to build a catalogue of recommended earthquake early warning response actions.
Hamed Hanafi is a busy researcher these days. During the week, the Dalhousie University postdoc is interning with a Halifax-based medical company through a Mitacs Accelerate research project. During the evenings and weekends, he’s pursuing a personal goal of becoming an entrepreneur and getting a passion project off the ground.
Although Daniel’s expertise as an industrial designer could inform some components, the team needed Anne-Laure’s research background to apply engineering principles to illuminate why certain feet worked best with certain skates.