Centres and Institutes

The research environment in the Faculty of Science is enriched by superb research institutes and centres. Areas of research expertise include glycomics, artificial intelligence, particle physics and space exploration, among others.

Alberta Glycomics Centre

The Alberta Glycomics Centre comprises a team of highly motivated individuals whose research interests span a multidisciplinary array of biological processes and technologies specific to carbohydrate research. The fields of chemistry, biology, medicine, and engineering are dynamically integrated as experts in areas such as carbohydrate synthesis, protein-carbohydrate interactions, glycoengineering, drug discovery, vaccine development, mass spectrometry, and X-ray crystallography work together to explore carbohydrate science.

Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (AMII)

The Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute hosts leading researchers from across the globe in a number of subfields of machine learning and artificial intelligence, together called machine intelligence. Amii employs machine learning and artificial intelligence to meet a number of real-world and theoretical challenges, advancing academic understanding and solving the toughest business problems. Amii collaborates with a variety of organizations from Alberta and beyond to help develop innovative, adaptive machine intelligence solutions for businesses in Alberta and beyond.

Applied Mathematics Institute (AMI)

Established in 1987, the Applied Mathematics Institute aims to promote fundamental and applied research on mathematical sciences and to stimulate collaborative research within the University of Alberta community. The AMI regularly organizes seminars and supports the publication of the Canadian Applied Mathematics Quarterly (CAMQ) — a Canadian scientific journal devoted to research articles related to the applications of mathematics. The AMI also supports national and international mathematical conferences and workshops.

Canadian Centre for Isotopic Microanalysis (CCIM)

The Canadian Centre for Isotopic Microanalysis provides Canadian and international researchers in academia, government, and industry with access to leading-edge instrumentation and research expertise in geochemistry and geochronology. CCIM is dedicated principally to research on mineral and energy resources. The team of dedicated academics and technical staff collaborates with researchers, both professionals and students, from across Canada and internationally to address questions of high scientific and societal impact. CCIM utilizes unique analytical instruments and lab facilities, and develops special techniques to analyze the smallest ('micro') quantities of minerals for a range of isotopes.

Centre for Earth Observation Sciences (CEOS)

The Centre for Earth Observation Sciences brings together investigators in an international network of research initiatives, funded by provincial, national, and international agencies. Earth Observation Science plays a key role in monitoring environmental changes, resource management, and formulating sustainable development policies. Basic and applied research initiatives supports the Centre’s ability to assess and monitor changes in biodiversity, enhance mineral and mining exploration, play a role in environmental risk mitigation and more.

Centre for Mathematical Biology

The Centre for Mathematical Biology is dedicated to bridging the gap between life scientists and mathematicians in solving problems of significance to Canadians. The Centre facilitates multidisciplinary connections between scientists and mathematicians, and between academics and government/industry; trains a new generation of researchers; and develops interdisciplinary mathematical biology – locally, nationally and internationally.

Centre for Particle Physics

The Centre for Particle Physics promotes interaction and collaboration among researchers in particle physics. The Centre provides a favourable environment to advance particle physics studies, to help train leaders for the future well-being of the field, to assist in the dissemination of knowledge, and to promote interaction between the University and the broader community.

Institute for Geophysical Research (IGR)

The Institute for Geophysical Research encourages interdisciplinary collaborations between geophysical researchers and their students. The IGR defines geophysical research quite broadly to include study of the Earth, its oceans, atmosphere and cryosphere and its near-space environment. It also includes study of the sun, the other planets and the solar wind and its interactions with planetary magnetic fields. The Institute runs occasional seminars followed by social gatherings and in the Fall Term each year, the IGR runs a Graduate Student Symposium and Undergraduate Poster Session.

Institute for Space Science, Exploration and Technology (ISSET)

The Institute for Space Science, Exploration and Technology embraces a variety of scientific and engineering disciplines related to the exploration of space. ISSET builds on long-standing institutional excellence in space research in order to take advantage of emerging, cross-disciplinary opportunities and to develop partnerships with other institutions, agencies and industry. In addition, ISSET offers unique educational experiences for undergraduate and graduate students, and develops provincial capabilities in space research through educational outreach programs, visiting professor positions, workshops and scientific meetings.