Science & Technology
U of A's research in the natural and physical sciences, engineering, human and animal behavioral sciences, mathematics, and information sciences is making discoveries about our world, and creating new ways to improve our world and our living. Our core and cross-disciplinary discoveries and innovations in these areas are driving advances in health, energy, the environment, education, and food production. Key faculties: the Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences, the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the Faculty of Science. Affiliated Institutes: National Institute for Nanotechnology, Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS), TR Labs, TRIUMF- Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics, Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence (EWMCE) and Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) and Bamfield Marine Science Centre.
The earth “breathes” through its plants, forests
and healthy plant biosystems
. The U of A has a cross disciplinary depth and breadth in the study of plant physiology, structure, genetics, growth and adaptation processes. They turn these discoveries into innovations and best practices for monitoring how plants and trees respond to environmental and human-caused stresses, for developing new species that are more resilient. The same understanding and insights drives new biotechnologies and yield medicinal agents and new plant by-products
What is the origin and structure of the universe or of black holes, stars, and galaxies formed billions of years ago? Our cosmologists
continue to make distinguished contributions to these seemingly unanswerable questions. And our space scientists and engineers
work with space agencies in Canada and around the world on projects ranging from collecting solar activity
data to predict impact on satellite operations, to the behavior of materials in microgravity.
The foundation of discovery is measuring, observing, and drawing conclusions, and developing that foundation is a science itself. In areas such as biostatistics
, sampling and survey
, and qualitative methodologies
, U of A researchers develop and apply data collection and analysis techniques for understanding phenomena in nature, in social systems, and in economic and financial systems.
Quarks, leptons, and bosons. Subatomic forces and interactions. Quantum gravity. The university has a history of distinguished contributions to theoretical
and experimental advances in our understanding of the fundamental building blocks of matter. Today’s U of A physicists
are currently designing and running experiments at SNOLAB
, a remarkable facility that enables the detection of subatomic particles created by events in our universe that occurred billions of years and billions of miles away. Other U of A physicists are part of international teams at CERN, where they lead the experimental design of instrumentation that contributed to verifying the existence of the Higgs Boson
Working at the nano-level, U of A researchers create new catalysts, construction materials, superconductors, and biomaterials, by synthesizing new molecules that will enable sustainable energy and electronic components, fuel and solar cells, and next-generation quantum computers. The university’s innovations occur through highly integrated programs in areas such as condensed matter physics, surface science engineering, inorganic chemistry, nanoscience, and organic chemistry. Through our NINT partnership, the university’s work integrates the push from fundamental science discoveries with the needs of industry innovation.