Scientists Serving Science: Resources


Want to find out more about where scientists in the vanguard of creating the scientific environment of the future are working? The Next Wave staff has compiled a list of resources that should get your search off to a good start, whether your interest lies in particle physics, genomics, or computer science.


At the National Research Council's Institute for Marine Bioscience in Halifax, the Canadian Bioinformatics Resource provides biologists across Canada access to bioinformatics applications, large-volume data storage, basic training, and advice. Free access is available to National Research Council scientists and academic/not-for-profit users associated with a university, hospital, or government department.

The European Bioinformatics Institute based at Hinxton, outside Cambridge, UK, is developing tools and databases for the European life sciences community. Read about it on Next Wave here.

The Ontario Centre for Genomic Computing (OCGC) lays claim to the world's largest publicly available computational supercomputer focused solely on biological research. OCGC is located at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and OCGC staff provides researchers with a state-of-the-art computational platform to support and analyse their biological and genomics research.

The Welcome Trust-funded Sanger Institute, near Cambridge in the UK, carries out large-scale sequencing and analysis to further the knowledge of genomes of different species. Bioinformaticians, robotics experts, and microarray specialists all contribute to develop techniques that support the institute's research endeavours.

The Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics is an academic not-for-profit foundation which promotes research, the development of databanks and computer technologies, teaching and service activities in the field of bioinformatics.

The BioMed Grid Portal operated by Singapore's Bioinformatics Institute leverages on grid technologies to provide the biomedical research community a communication channel, information, community development, and Web services for computing resources.

See also the resources page for Next Wave's Bioinformatics Feature

Biological Research:

The University Health Network's Microarray Centre was established as part of a consortium of research institutions in Toronto. The Microarray Centre's researchers design and distribute arrays and provide training and support to over 260 labs on five continents. The centre started with two scientists in 1998 and has blossomed to a team of 22.

The Singapore Tissue Network, a national, nonprofit research tissue and DNA bank funded by Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research, works in close partnership with Singapore's key medical and research institutions to collect, process, archive, and distribute high-quality biological samples in support of research needs.

The UK Human Tissue Bank (UKHTB) at De Montfort University in Leicester was set up to facilitate biomedical researchers' access to human tissues in an ethical and transparent manner. The main role of scientists at the UKHTB is to process and distribute tissues derived from nontransplantable donations.

The Wellcome Trust is offering funding for research technologists or analysts to work within a university team in a biology-related field for 5 years. Employment is secured for up to 10 years, with the university obliged to keep the position open for a second 5-year period.

E-science and Grid Technology:

The European DataGrid project is a Europe-wide collaboration aimed at building the next-generation computing infrastructure, which is expected to provide intensive computation and analysis of shared large-scale databases, from hundreds of terabytes to petabytes, across widely distributed scientific communities.

In the UK, grid technology is being developed through a joint Research Council programme being led by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Read about it on Next Wave here.


The Canadian Light Source Inc. Synchrotron Project, based at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, is due to be completed in early 2004 and will provide an advanced R&D facility for industrial researchers, academia, and government institutions in Canada. Scientists and engineers have been busily building the synchrotron, and when CLS is open for business they will provide users with access to the synchrotron light, which is used to view chemical reactions and the microstructure of materials, on a fee-for-service basis.

The Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing at the National University of Singapore develops advanced capabilities in remote sensing to meet the scientific, operational, and business requirements of Singapore and the region. It operates a satellite ground station to acquire data from remote sensing satellites and processes the archived data to standard or value-added products for distribution and research.

The European Organisation for Nuclear Research, CERN, is a facility used by half the world's particle physicists. Read our Web Site to Watch review and essays from two CERN staff scientists in the main feature.

The Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils runs and operates three institutions that support the UK physical sciences research community with state-of-the-art facilities and scientific and technical expertise: The Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire, the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, and the Chilbolton Facility in Hampshire.

The European Southern Observatory provides telescope facilities in Chile for astronomers in its 10 member countries. Read about it on Next Wave here.

Scientists at Photonics Research Ontario (PRO) not only conduct basic photonics and biophotonics research but also provide a service to industry and academia through three state-of-the-art facilities (Photonics Facility, Biophotonics Facility, and the new Micromachining Facility). PRO staff work with clients to prototype new concepts or troubleshoot problems with existing products using the centre's optical and electro-optical equipment. Read about biophotonics on Next Wave here.

The grandfather of particle and nuclear physics facilities in Canada, TRIUMF, is located on the University of British Columbia campus and provides facilities for experiments in subatomic research with beams of pions, muons, protons, and neutrons. TRIUMF researchers collaborate with the international subatomic physics community. TRIUMF--the acronym is derived from TRI-University Meson Facility, although eight are now universities involved in the project--employs about 350 scientists, engineers, and technicians and houses up to 200 visiting scientists on any given day when the cyclotron is operating.

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