Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative at Queen's University

Nobel Inspiration Event Poster
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Learn how the path to a Nobel Prize includes success and failure and how it can take you to unexpected places at a special event at Queen’s on Sept. 25.

The Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative will feature Dr. Martin Chalfie, 2008 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry.

In a public dialogue titled Failure, persistence and joy: Finding the right balance for research success, Dr. Chalfie will be joined by Queen’s researcher Dr. Arthur McDonald, 2015 Nobel Laureate in Physics, and Dr. Mona Nemer, Chief Science Advisor to the Government of Canada, to discuss the path to the Nobel Prize and research success. The talk will be moderated by acclaimed author and journalist André Picard.

The event will provide a unique and exclusive opportunity for students, researchers, alumni, and community members to interact with some of the most recognized members of the international research community.

Following the discussion there will be a moderated Q&A period, as well as a reception with light refreshments.

About the moderator:

André Picard: Health reporter and columnist for the Globe and Mail and author of five bestselling books. He was named Canada’s first “Public Health Hero” by the Canadian Public Health Association, as a “Champion of Mental Health” by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedication to improving health care.

About the panelists:

Dr. Mona Nemer: Chief Science Advisor to Canada’s Prime Minister, Minister of Science and Cabinet. Dr. Nemer is a leader in the area of molecular cardiology having discovered several genes essential for normal heart development and function. Her work has contributed to the development of diagnostic tests for heart failure and the genetics of cardiac birth defects.

Dr. Martin Chalfie: Recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, GFP." He is a faculty member at Columbia University. Dr. Chalfie is the featured Nobel Laureate during the Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative’s first Canadian tour.

Dr. Arthur McDonald: Recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics "for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass." A Queen’s researcher since 1989, Dr. McDonald has also been the Director of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) Scientific Collaboration with whom he received the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. His legacy on basic research in neutrinos and dark matter, as well as fostering the next generation of physicists, continues at Queen’s with the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute.

About the Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative:

The Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative is a global program designed to help Nobel Laureates share their inspirational stories and insights. As one of only four institutions selected to host the Initiative during its first Canadian tour, Queen’s is excited to offer a public dialogue on the right balance for research success.


Shuttle Service from Queen’s main campus to The Isabel will be in operation from 1:15 pm–2 pm and 3:45 pm–4:30 pm at the following pick up/ drop off points:

  • School of Medicine Building (Stuart Street Entrance)
  • John Deutsch University Centre [JDUC] (87 Union St.)
  • Chernoff Hall (90 Bader Lane)

Parking information at The Isabel

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