from the World-Watch dept.
According to a press release (14 November 2001), the national government of Canada and the provincial government of Alberta, as well as the University of Alberta (U of A) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to build the new National Research Council (NRC) National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. This agreement formalizes the plan for the NINT announced in August 2001.
"Canada has the opportunity to be a world leader in this emerging high technology field," said Anne McLellan, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada at the signing ceremony. "This national institute will be a centrepiece of Canada's emerging nanotechnology sector by successfully integrating and leveraging the strengths of the NRC, U of A and the Province of Alberta in this field."
For an excellent overview of the worldwide acceleration of nanotechnology research activities, with an emphasis on Canadaís efforts and a Canadian perspective, a lengthy article appeared in the Montreal Gazette ("Montreal looms large on nanotechnology scale", by Doug Sweet, 3 November 2001).