What is TRIUMF? (2)


TRIUMF's public outreach program touches the lives of almost two thousand people each year through its Saturday Morning Lecture Series, facility tours, and multimedia education tools. Academic outreach includes the High-School Fellowship Program (in conjunction with the BC Innovation Council), the Undergraduate Student Employment Program, as well as the popular Teacher Internship Program and Professional Development Day for Teachers. School children, teachers, undergraduates, and the public alike are excited by TRIUMF's unique science and technology and how it represents Canada to the world.


Monitoring the laboratory's performance is a joint responsibility of the Agency Committee on TRIUMF (ACT), represented by Industry Canada, NSERC, and the NRC. In addition, the Advisory Committee on TRIUMF (ACOT), a panel of renowned international scientists, monitors the scientific performance of the laboratory through biannual meetings held at TRIUMF. Financial and administrative responsibilities for the laboratory lie with the universities under a Contribution Agreement with NRC. Once during each five-year funding period, NRC appoints an international peer review committee to review TRIUMF's scientific performance and evaluate its proposals for the next five-year plan.

Current Funding Cycle 2005 - 2010

For the period 2005-2010, TRIUMF's activities are financed by a federal contribution of $222.3M. These funds support the diverse scientific activities of the TRIUMF laboratory, both in Canada and abroad. Additional funding has been provided by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF), through a consortium of Canadian Universities, for the construction and operation of an ATLAS Tier 1 Data Centre. This computing centre will allow Canadian scientists to exploit the scientific possibilities provided by Canada's investment in ATLAS and the LHC at CERN as well as provide opportunities for Canada to exploit the computing advances that will evolve from work of the Data Centre. CFI and BCKDF have also provided funding through two other consortiums of Canadian Universities for a Laboratory for Advanced Detector Development (LADD) and an upgrade to the TRIUMF M20 µSR Beam line. Experiments are selected by international evaluation panels and are funded through peer-reviewed competitions by national funding agencies. In Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Research, etc., provide university researchers with funding to mount their experimental programs at TRIUMF.

The Canadian scientific community has a plan and funding in place for TRIUMF's activities over the period 2005 - 2010. The main features of this plan are to complete the ISAC facility to ensure that it is firmly established as a world-class facility, and to make leading Canadian contributions to some of the most exciting projects in other national laboratories around the world. For example, the current five-year plan identifies TRIUMF as the Canadian centre for the Atlas Tier 1 Centre, a world computing grid network that will handle the vast data outflow from CERN. The plan also identifies leading Canadian contributions to an experiment in Japan, which is a natural extension of the highly successful and visible Sudbury Neutrino Observatory experiment (SNO), located in Sudbury, Ontario.