Germany's Max-Planck funds new Canada center

5th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

German and Canadian scientists on Monday announced plans to open an advanced research center on semiconductors, metals, magnetic materials and other aspects of quantum physics.

The Max Planck-UBC Centre for Quantum Materials is a joint project between the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and Germany's prestigious Max Planck Society, with additional funding from the German government and a private endowment at the university.

The funding agreement -- with an initial one million dollars over five years -- will pay for annual exchanges by more than two dozen professors and graduate students from Canada and Germany, a center news release said.

It will only be the third time such a center has been funded outside of Germany, with the two others being in India and Spain.

A University of British Columbia spokesman said officials are discussing long-term goals including "creating opportunities for post-doc programs, joint tenure track positions, joint senior professorships and support for joint capital projects including new facilities."

"The knowledge and discoveries generated from these collaborations will profoundly change the lives of present and future generations," said university president Stephen Toope in the statement.

A Max Planck Institute in North America is also under construction in Florida.

Scientists funded by the research institute have won 32 Nobel prizes since 1914, noted the society.

© 2010 AFP

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