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NSERC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion presentation

Posted by Office of Vice-President Research on March 5, 2018 in General Announcements

Hello Dalhousie research community,

You are invited to attend a presentation by representatives of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) on NSERC initiatives around equity, diversity and inclusion. Please also share with any others who you think might be interested.

Venue: Slonim Room (Room 429/430) Goldberg Computer Science Building, 6050 University Avenue

Date: March 9, 2018

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

All are welcome. 

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NSERC has been implementing initiatives to increase women and girls' participation in natural sciences and engineering research since the 1980s. These initiatives are now being complemented by additional institutional commitments and a Council-wide action plan to increase equity, diversity and inclusion as integral elements of research excellence. The agency's current strategic plan, NSERC 2020, has as one of the five strategic goals "Building a Diversified and Competitive Research Base" which includes equity as a key priority. 

This presentation, recognizing the range of issues contributing to current participation rates of women, people with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, gender diverse people and members of visible minorities in science and engineering research in Canada, introduces the initiatives and actions NSERC is committed to and undertaking to increase equity, diversity and inclusion in research and in understandings of research excellence.


Serge Villemure joined NSERC in 1991. Since 2010, he has been Director of the Scholarships and Fellowships Division. In 2013, he also became Director of the Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering Program and at the same time undertook the responsibility of integrating equity and diversity considerations into policies and programs, and facilitating Gender-Based Analysis capacity building across the Agency. 

Further information can be found here:

Sara Daniels

Chief of Staff