The International Year of Science Engagement (IYSE) 2027 is pleased to announce its partnership with McGill University. The first university to become an official partner of the IYSE, McGill will contribute to the programming of the IYSE with events, ideas, and expertise regarding various aspects of Science Engagement.

“McGill is committed to all forms of discovery-driven science and is focused on creating a vibrant global research environment with partners such as the International Year of Science Engagement 2027,” said McGill’s Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation, Martha Crago. “This exciting international effort will unite researchers, policy makers, and innovators around the world to combat climate change, fight diseases, and demonstrate the positive impacts innovation has on our societies.”

Founded in 1821, McGill is one of Canada’s best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world. With students from over 150 countries, it is the most internationally diverse of any research-intensive university in the country.

McGill is recognized around the world for the excellence of its teaching and research programs as well as for a long tradition of innovation on their campuses. Ideas that made history occurred at McGill: Ernest Rutherford‘s Nobel Prize-winning research on the nature of radioactivity; the construction of the world’s first artificial blood cell; and the discovery of the first biomarker for cancer. Today McGill’s researchers are driving human achievement in every field imaginable, including epigenetics, sustainability, genomics, and artificial intelligence.

The International Year of Science Engagement is planned to be implemented in 2027 under the aegis of UNESCO. The purpose of the IYSE is to strengthen the role of global Science Engagement toward the achievement of Agenda 2030 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Science Engagement activities of all kinds will be organized at the international, regional, and national levels. Falling Walls Foundation in Berlin, Germany is the referent institution.

We would like to extend a sincere thanks to Brett Hooton, the Falling Walls Engage Hub Canada Manager for working with our team to make this partnership and other outreach initiatives in Canada a success. We look forward to working with McGill University and to a successful IYSE 2027.