Institutional Priorities

Signature Areas Initiative

In Objective 12 of For the Public Good, the University of Alberta community committed developing a portfolio of signature research and teaching areas where the university is or will be recognized as a global leader. 

The first cycle of signature and emerging area identification was completed in Fall 2018. The overall process of identifying and developing signature and emerging areas of research and teaching will continue throughout the lifespan of For the Public Good, ensuring that they reflect the evolving priorities and strengths of the university over time.

Led by President David Turpin, Provost and Vice-president (Academic) Steven Dew, and Vice-president (Research) Matthias Ruth, the development process provides all members of the university community with opportunities to participate in the development of these multi- and inter-disciplinary signature areas.


First Three Signature Areas:

Signature Area: Precision Health

Signature Area: Precision Health

Precision Health

Precision Health is an emerging health-care model that leverages data, new technologies, and factors such as genomics, metabolomics, nutrition and environment to better understand and address diseases and disabilities. 

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Signature Area: Energy Systems

Signature Area: Energy Systems

Energy Systems

Energy is more than just fuelit involves large and complex systems incorporating society and the environment. These systems must also meet our expectations of type, quality, quantity, reliability, and accessibility within diverse cultural frameworks.

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Intersections of Gender

Signature Area: Intersections of Gender

Intersections of Gender

Many of today's complex challenges―from health care in refugee camps to water security on Indigenous reserves to automated transport―require cross-disciplinary, cross-faculty, and intersectional gender expertise to develop effective solutions.

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