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Ignite: Dal’s third century

Join the celebration on September 28, with an evening that explores how Dal researchers are responding to the greatest challenges of our times.

Ignite is a foray into Dal’s next century.

The first 200 years of Dalhousie’s history is written. Now we look forward. Ignite: Dal’s Third Century is where we will begin our journey. An evening of unparallelled celebration and discovery, Ignite is a chance to explore even greater horizons of opportunity and global impact leading us into the next century.
A passion for discovery

Through engaging and immersive storytelling, Dalhousie researchers will take the stage to share their perspectives and solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges, challenges not contained to individual communities and countries, but shared by all humanity. At Dal, research and innovation is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world. Our passion for the discovery of new knowledge has been a constant throughout our history and will continue to guide us.

So what are the global challenges that will define the next 100 years? And what’s being done? What is your role?

Powering the population

Arguably one of the greatest issues facing our planet and species is finding sustainable and storable sources of renewable energy. It’s the only way we can limit the impacts of global climate change and power a growing population. Mita Dasog, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, will share her work built around discovering and developing cheaper, safer and more efficient materials and technologies for harvesting and storing solar energy.
Feeding the future

By 2050, the global population is expected to reach 9.7 billion people, meaning 2.3 billion more people to feed. Innovative approaches like the one happening at Dal’s Faculty of Agriculture through a partnership with Ethiopia is better equipping that country—where 80-85 per cent of the population is employed in agriculture yet still struggle with food insecurity—for the future. As part of the Agricultural Transformation through Stronger Vocational Education project, Dal experts are helping the country reshape agricultural education to move the country beyond its subsistence-based foundation towards a system that improves production, strengthens communities and supports a stronger economy that benefits the entire country.

Probing our DNA

When it comes to DNA, surprisingly zebrafish and humans aren’t all that different. Ultimately the likeness means there’s huge potential in zebrafish models to identify the genes that underlie human diseases. And it’s at the Zebrafish Core Facility where researchers like Jason Berman in the Faculty of Medicine evaluate genetic modifications and therapeutic responses to transplanted human cells in zebrafish in real time. The research is providing insights into diseases like breast cancer, cardiac development, neurological disease, memory and other phenomena

A homecoming highlight

Ignite (September 28, Halifax Convention Centre) is the opening event of Homecoming Weekend 2018 and a highlight of Dal’s bicentennial year. Come back to campus. Catch up with classmates, visit familiar places on campus and the city, and see how the university has grown. Celebrate the role you’ve played in Dal’s first 200 years.

For Ignite ticket information visit: alumni.dal.ca/Ignite