International partnerships


Taiwan, May 20 to 24, 2019

Decades-long collaboration between Taiwan and Canada recognized with NRC President's visit

The NRC President Iain Stewart – and an NRC delegation including Roman Szumski, Vice President Life Sciences, Ruth Rayman, Director General of the Advanced Electronics and Photonics Research Centre, Lorena Maciel, Senior Advisor, International Innovation Office – met with Vice President Chien-Jen Chen (the fourth from right) and Jordan Reeves, Executive Director of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei, from May 20 to 24, 2019.

A recent visit by National Research Council (NRC) President Iain Stewart to Taiwan looked for opportunities to collaborate in areas such as printable electronics, functional textiles, wearables, satellite communications and earthquake technologies.


While meeting with Taiwanese officials, policy makers, and industry leaders, Iain Stewart shared his perspective on Canada's innovation ecosystem and shared the NRC's vision of research excellence.

Photo taken while meeting with Dr. Liang-Gee Chen, Minister of Science and Technology of Taiwan at MOST


Iain Stewart and the NRC delegation participated in a range of science, technology and innovation meetings and visits, including:

  • Ministry of Science and Technology and a courtesy call to the Vice President of Taiwan, former Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Chien-Jen Chen
  • Academia Sinica, Taiwan's premier academic institution
  • the Industrial Technology Research Institute, a long-time collaborator with whom the NRC developed nanostructured coatings for the aerospace sector and is currently working on novel microfluidic platforms for the surveillance of infectious diseases
  • Hsinchu Science Park, an innovative leader in biotechnological and industrial innovation, and home to some of Taiwan's most innovative companies
  • a tour of the National Space Organization, which houses a satellite and space testing facility
Ruth Rayman addressed the opportunities and challenges for girls choosing to study in STEM fields.

On May 24, Ruth Rayman, Director General of the Advanced Electronics and Photonics Research Centre, spoke to students at the prestigious Taipei First Girls High School on the challenges and opportunities for girls looking to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). As part of the NRC's commitment to supporting women in research careers, talks regularly occur during international visits to discuss best practices on creating an equal gender balance in careers supporting STEM research.

With strategic discussions held on the shared direction of science and innovation in Canada and Taiwan, it is evident that the NRC's commitment to research collaboration with Taiwan will only continue to evolve. Discussions held during the recent trip are sure to contribute to future science, technology and innovation collaborations and successes.

The NRC and Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology are currently planning a workshop on earthquake technologies to be held in Ottawa in October 2019. Along with Canadian and foreign academics and other Government of Canada departments, they will share knowledge and look at opportunities for research collaboration.

Over the last 2 decades, Taiwan and Canada have developed productive partnerships in the fields of science, technology and innovation. Last year, a memorandum of understanding was signed to further strengthen this relationship. World-class research has been achieved through the NRC's work with Taiwanese scientists in the past.


United Kingdom July 18, 2018


Iain Stewart, NRC President with Dr. Ian Campbell, Executive Chair of Innovate UK signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the NRC, at Canada House in London.

On July 18th, the NRC and UKRI signed an MoU that will provide the foundation for the development of a stronger science, technology and innovation relationship between our two institutions. One of the first activities to be launched under this new agreement is a NRC-UKRI Call for Proposals with matched funds from both sides totaling approximately $1.8M CAD.


South Korea – June 23, 2017


Mr. David Lisk, NRC-IRAP Vice President and Mr. Sang-Yi Park, Vice President of the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT) signing the Memorandum of Understanding on Industrial Technology and Innovation Partnership between the NRC and KIAT and announcing the launching of the first Call for Proposals on Friday, June 23, 2017.


Canada - EUREKA Association Agreement Renewal May 21, 2018


VP NRC-IRAP, Mr. David Lisk delivers remarks at the EUREKA Innovation Days.


NRC President Iain Stewart at the signing ceremony of the Canada-EUREKA Association Agreement Renewal.

On May 20-23, 2018, the NRC participated in the EUREKA Innovation Days (Helsinki, Finland) and signed an association agreement renewal to maintain and further develop the NRC's relationship with EUREKA partners. Canada, through the NRC, is an associate member of the EUREKA network.


China May 9-10, 2018


China delegation led by Dr. Yuntao Zhang, Assistant to President China National Biotec Group (CNBG) was hosted on May 9 and 10, 2018 by Dr. Roman Szumski at the NRC for the 4th Annual NRC-CNBG Steering Committee meeting held in Ottawa to review the progress, challenges, and achievements of the current collaborative research projects to enhance vaccine development and discuss new potential research collaborations and business opportunities.


G7 - April 26, 2018


Iain Stewart, President of the NRC, Chad Gaffield, President of the Royal Society of Canada and Elissa Strome, Executive Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) welcome the Honorable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport to 100 Sussex, for the G7 Research Summit on Our Digital Futures.


The Honorable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport offers opening remarks to the G7 Research Summit on Our Digital Futures.

On April 26, 2018, the NRC, along with the RSC and CIFAR co-hosted the G7 Research Summit on Our Digital Future to discuss the development of emerging digital technologies and how the benefits of these advancements can be distributed equally within and across societies. The event brought together more than 200 Canadian and international science, technology and innovation stakeholders across academic, government and industry.


Canada-UK Quantum Technology Workshop - March 19, 2018

On March 19, 2018, the NRC welcomed a United Kingdom (UK) Expert Mission in Quantum Technologies, led by Sir Peter Knight, Emeritus Professor at Imperial College London, Chair of the NPL Quantum Metrology Institute and member of the UK National Quantum Technology Strategy Board. The NRC a hosted a Canada-UK Quantum Technology workshop, chaired by VP Emerging Technologies, Dr. Geneviève Tanguay, which brought together key Quantum Technology stakeholders from across Canada, including participants from government, academia and industry.


USA March 5-7, 2018


VP François Cordeau tours the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) hosted by Commander Robert Toth, Associate Director for Business Development in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The visit focused on understanding of manufacturing initiatives, sharing manufacturing technology development focus areas and discussing potential common areas of interest and possible mechanisms to support effective bilateral collaboration between Canada and the United States.


Germany January 26 to February 2, 2018


Left: NRC President Iain Stewart with Rolf Henke, Member of the Board for Aeronautics, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt.


Right: NRC President Iain Stewart with Martin Reichl, Director/CEO, Bavarian Research Alliance GmbH (BayFOR). Two MoU signing ceremonies recently took place between the NRC and BayFOR, as well as the NRC and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The MoUs opened the door for enhanced collaboration between key German partners and the NRC, particularly, in aerospace and energy. The visit also included a visit to Aachen, where President Iain Stewart participated in NRC-focused business meetings with officials from Aachen University.


Japan – September 28 – October 5, 2017


Iain Stewart, NRC President participated in conjunction with the Embassy of Canada in Tokyo at the Canada-Japan conference on Artificial Intelligence


Visit to RIKEN, Japan's largest comprehensive research institution with President Hiroshi Matsumoto to discuss opportunities for collaboration in science excellence between Canada and Japan