What will life be like in 2030?
It could be that the mining industry will have embraced renewable energy, that your health may be deeply linked to your personal electronics, or that trains will once again dominate Northern Ontario travel.
These are visions of the future that researchers from Ontario universities will share with the public at Life in 2030: Discuss the future with those who are creating it, a free public event that will be held March 7 in Sudbury.
Hosted by Laurentian University, in partnership with Algoma, Nipissing and McMaster universities, this event is part of a series of Research Matters discussions taking place across Ontario.
“The research work of our universities is crucially important, as it has the potential to improve every aspect of day-to-day life,” said Patrice Sawyer, vice-president of research at Laurentian University, in a press release.
“We welcome this opportunity for researchers and non-academics to discuss their hopes and expectations for our shared future.”
Four researchers will discuss what life will be like in 2030 through the prism of their research:
-Graydon Raymer (Nipissing) “Having heart problems? There's an app for that.”
-James Dunn (McMaster) “Global and local issues will both matter more to health and well-being.”
-Linda Savory Gordon (Algoma) “Northern Ontario train travel will be faster, cheaper and greener than cars or planes.”
-Dean Millar (Laurentian) “Canada’s mines will have slashed production costs by embracing renewables.”
“Our universities are home to some of the most prestigious, varied, and collaborative research environments in the world,” said Harley d’Entremont, vice-president academic and research at Nipissing University.
“University researchers are shaping the future through ideas and innovation, and we are excited to share this wealth of ideas.”
Life in 2030 will be held in the Science North cavern from 6:30-9 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending are asked to register at http://yourontarioresearch.ca/life-in-2030.