Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | Categories: Features
Minister of State (Science and Technology) Gary Goodyear
listens to the President of the National Research Council of
Canada John McDougall (left). (Photo: Adrian Wyld/CP)
The Harper Government announced that the National Research Council would change its focus from pure scientific research to "industrial research, new growth and business development."
This has raised the eyebrows of many of Canada's most prominent scientists.
John Polanyi is a chemist at the University of Toronto. He won the Nobel prize for Chemistry in 1986 -- and he did his post-doctoral research at the National Research Council.
He wasn't surprised by the announcement but he doesn't think private industry to do all the heavy-lifting in terms of research. He thinks the NRC should still be an important conduit for basic science.