The Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation Inc. (Fedoruk Centre). (Photo: USask)
The Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation Inc. (Fedoruk Centre). (Photo: USask)

USask to host International Conference on Isotopes

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (USask) is proud to be a partner in the 11th International Conference on Isotopes (11ICI) which will take place July 23-27 in Saskatoon and produced through a partnership with Discover Saskatoon and the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation Inc. (Fedoruk Centre).

“Hosting the 11ICI conference is a natural fit for USask and the Fedoruk Centre,” said Dr. John Root (PhD), executive director of the Fedoruk Centre. “This conference represents a unique opportunity for researchers and professionals to gather from around the world to exchange ideas and shape the future of isotope technologies. As USask and the Fedoruk Centre strive to be what the world needs, we hope this event will build international collaborations, yield some surprising discoveries, and open up some new business for Saskatchewan at the cutting edge of isotope-based applications in health, energy, safety, and the environment.”

Themed “Isotopes Around Us, their Applications and Beyond,” the 11ICI will bring together members of the scientific community, producers, processors, industry, and regulators from around the globe to exchange knowledge and explore the latest advancements in the field of isotopes.

The conference serves as a platform for the discussion of isotopes with applications in medicine, industry, agriculture, national security, fundamental science, and other fields. The plan for the week includes several satellite sessions, renowned guest speakers, and panel discussions.  There will be a special session on isotopes in astrophysics and cosmology as well as a panel highlighting “Women in Nuclear: Marie Curie, Harriet Brooks, Sylvia Fedoruk.”

“We are very pleased that the World Council on Isotopes chose to include a panel on the Women in Nuclear. It draws attention to the global impact of Saskatchewan’s Sylvia Fedoruk in helping to develop the Cobalt isotope radiation therapy that treated more than 70 million patients by the year 2000 and is currently used for 70 per cent of radiation treatments worldwide,” said Root.

USask and the Fedoruk Centre are building capacity to discover and apply nuclear science to advance medical health and environmental sustainability for the benefit of society. Conference participants will have opportunities to meet researchers who access nuclear facilities in Saskatoon to conduct studies in nuclear imaging, diagnostics, and radiopharmaceuticals, non-destructive testing, and irradiations. 

In addition to the program, attendees will have the chance to explore Saskatoon, which offers the ideal backdrop for networking, river walks, and cultural exchange.

“Hosting the world council on isotopes in Saskatoon holds immense importance as it gathers minds passionate about unlocking the potential of nuclear energy. This conference not only fosters knowledge exchange but also paves the way for a brighter future, where sustainable and clean energy sources can shape our world,” said Tyler Lloyd, business development director, Discover Saskatoon.

Registration is now open. The conference website has details on registration, abstracts, and key dates.


For media inquiries, contact: 

Leslie-Ann Schlosser 
Director, Research Profile and Impact 
USask Office of the Vice-President Research 

Victoria Dinh 
USask Media Relations Specialist  

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