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October 18-25, 2004
NSERC opens first regional office
MONCTON, NB-The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), also known as Science and Engineering Research Canada has opened its first regional office in Moncton, New Brunswick. Located in the Scientific Park, adjacent to the UniversitÈ de Moncton campus, the office was officially opened by NSERC president Dr Tom Brzustowski on October 14th. 2004. "The new office will be involved in helping Atlantic universities build research capacity and in stimulating innovation in the communities of the region," Dr Brzustowski said. "Our goal is to increase access to NSERC's programs and to play a role in linking potential research partners," said Dr Yves Gagnon, visiting executive in charge of the new office. "Working together, we can serve the Atlantic Region and help contribute to a stronger economy and a better society," he added. The office will be staffed by four people whose main functions will focus on facilitating access to programs and communication. NSERC will also work on creating links with other organizations closely involved in research, innovation and the promotion of science in Atlantic Canada. NSERC currently supports the work of more than 900 researchers and 600 students in 12 universities across the Atlantic region. This represents an investment of over $42 million per year for Atlantic Canada.