- Although many people are fascinated by space, most Canadians are relatively unaware of how space technologies pervade their everyday life. From GPS and satellite communications to weather forecasting and monitoring the health of crops or the extent of sea ice, the standard of living Canadians enjoy is fundamentally dependent on satellites and space technology. It is also clear that the majority of Canadians are not aware of Canada’s role in space. Space Matters – the brainchild of researchers at Western University’s Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX) – aims to advance awareness of the final frontier. The initiative was awarded important funding today by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) as part of its PromoScience Program. The PromoScience Award announcement was made today by The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, at a special event in Ottawa to kickoff Science Literacy Week.
- The CSA’s mandate is to advance the knowledge of space through science, and ensure that space research benefits Canadians. Space science exemplifies innovation and requires research in countless scientific fields, such as astronomy, health, robotics, artificial intelligence, climate change and the environment. “I am excited by this new opportunity to work with the Canadian Space Agency and the Chief Science Advisor to maintain Canada's excellence and leadership in space science. I look forward to connecting with researchers and engineers across Canada who lead Canada’s future space missions and advance understanding of our planet and the universe we inhabit,” says Gallagher, an Associate Professor in Western’s Department of Physics & Astronomy.
- Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains announced the appointment of Sarah Gallagher, a professor in Western’s department of physics and astronomy, to the new role Wednesday. “Her advice will help us shape the future of space science in Canada and ensure our investments effectively support the Canadian space industry and its workers across the country,” Bains said in a statement. Gallagher, who holds a PhD in astronomy and astrophysics from Pennsylvania State University, focuses her research on super massive black holes at the centre of distant galaxies. Reporting directly to Canadian Space Agency president Sylvain Laporte, Gallagher will work during her two-year term to shape Canada’s space science and promote the country’s space research.
- Longueuil, Quebec - The Government of Canada is committed to strengthening science in its decision-making, supporting the vital work done by Canadian researchers and ensuring that government science is fully available to the public. In keeping with these national priorities, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, today announced Sarah Gallagher of Western University as the first Science Advisor to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). “I am delighted that Dr. Sarah Gallagher has accepted to become the Canadian Space Agency’s first Science Advisor. Her advice will help us shape the future of space science in Canada and ensure our investments effectively support the Canadian space industry and its workers across the country,” says Bains.