Canadian Neutron Initiative (CNI)

The official source of information about the CNI has moved to CINS is an active member of the CNI working group, representing the researchers.

News about the CNI

“An Emerging National Neutron Strategy in Canada”

January 21st, 2021

McMaster Nuclear Reactor (MNR) (Photo by McMaster University) On December 15 and 16, 2020, leading scientists from across Canada gathered virtually to shape this “national neutron strategy” at a round-table organized by the Canadian Neutron Initiative (CNI)...

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“Neutrons Canada” meeting report available

May 21st, 2020

On 2020 January 29, the Vice Presidents of Research or their designates from 16 Canadian universities met in Ottawa to discuss a proposed new pan-Canadian, university-led framework to manage Canada’s infrastructure, international partnerships, projects, and p...

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Europe leans in to help establish Neutrons Canada

February 7th, 2020

On January 29, Fifteen senior executives of Canada’s research universities met in Ottawa with Dr Mona Nemer, Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, and several of our European colleagues to discuss how to establish a new cross-Canadian university-led org...

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Highlights from the CINS meeting in Windsor

October 23rd, 2018

Science talks showing the range of research applications of neutron beams, from Alzheimer’s disease to rock formation, and intense discussion of the neutron beam community’s future are among the highlights from the CINS meeting at the University of...

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CBC Radio Windsor Morning interviews Drew Marquardt

April 6th, 2018

Drew Marquardt (DM) was interviewed by Tony Doucette (TD) on CBC radio’s Windsor Morning, April 6, 2018.  Listen to Audio: Editor’s note: CINS is not opposing the closure NRU reactor per se;...

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Neutron quest: Canadian Chemical News

April 6th, 2018

Highlights from “Neutron Quest” in the March 2018 edition of Canadian Chemical News: Canada is quietly marking a scientific and technological milestone this spring with the final shutdown of the National Research Universal (NRU), a nuclear research reactor loc...

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Video: Closure of Canada’s neutron source

April 3rd, 2018

On Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. the National Research Universal reactor quietly shutdown for the last time. The contributions to science and humanity made by this reactor and the team within are immeasurable. Video below published by Canadian Nuclear ...

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University Affairs covers the CNI

January 23rd, 2018

Perhaps the most informative coverage of the Canadian Neutron Initiative to date: Chalk River reactor closure threatens to scatter research community: With the shut-down scheduled for March, a group of researchers is lobbying the government to fund foreign fac...

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Canadian scientists visit the European Spallation Source

November 23rd, 2017

Canadian scientists talk opportunities for cooperation with the European Spallation Source. “We put together a delegation of scientists that represent a wide range of priority science research areas for Canada, including energy, health, advanced manufacturing,...

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Brock University physicist on hunt for neutron beams

November 15th, 2017

“You can find a lot of things on Kijiji, but a neutron beam from a nuclear reactor isn’t one of them. That’s why a team of Canadian scientists, headed up by Brock University Associate Professor of Physics Thad Harroun, is travelling to Sweden next week ...

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Consultations with CNI referred to in government report

November 3rd, 2017

Government of Canada response to the House of Commons Natural Resources Committee report on the nuclear sector. Oct 5, 2017. This report outlines a set of options it will examine that is very similar to the CNI’s proposal (more…)

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CNI in the National Post

September 28th, 2017

Why Canada must not be shut out of the neutron technology it invented September 28, 2017 “While neutron scattering continues to grow in importance and Canada enjoys international recognition as its ancestral home, its future here in Canada is nonetheless...

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