Welcome to GCCIR’s Blog ! Alberta’s Innovation Superstation

Greetings, dear readers!

Welcome to our blog! This first post is intended as an introduction to who we are and what we do, and to provide some context. This blog will have four primary authors, hailing from Canada, Germany and France, and we hope numerous guest posts from around the world.

The GCCIR team regularly encounters interesting ideas and news items related to research, innovation, and ground-breaking technologies in Canada, Germany, and France. We would like to share with you what we think is relevant, helpful, and interesting.

All three nations are committed to advancing technology and innovation. In addition to thousands of companies undertaking research and development, extensive networks of top-flight research institutions criss-cross each jurisdiction – for example, the CEA in France, the Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany, and Alberta Innovates in Alberta. Last, but certainly not least, each country is home to some of the top research universities in the world. Taken together, we feel very privileged to operate within such an innovative constellation.

For the past six years, the GCCIR has been working with Albertan and German companies, helping them to set up innovative and collaborative technology driven projects, which lead to newly commercialized products and processes. As of the end 2016, we have funded 19 projects in various industries; from laser-based gas monitoring devices, to point-of-care test platforms for health diagnostics, to low-field desktop NMR spectrometers.

On this blog, we intend to post in a variety of ways about a variety of topics, all focused on research, innovation, and technological advances. You might find summaries of lengthy articles, interviews with world-leading experts, or notifications about upcoming events of interest. Topics will be as varied as our scope of work, because there are so many fascinating developments underway!

Should you ever have questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to hear from you!

All the best from the GCCIR Team!