Alberta is home to world-class post-secondary institutions and this investment will help ensure students can access the facilities and training they need right here in Alberta. The new hub will be the primary home for research and collaboration in the faculty of science, the University of Calgary’s second-largest faculty, and provide classroom and lab space for 2,200 students.

“Our post-secondary institutions, including the University of Calgary, are the doorway to rewarding and fulfilling careers. Investments we make to support the growth of facilities on campus will ensure Albertans have the skills, knowledge and competencies they need to build our communities and keep Alberta’s economy moving forward.”

Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Advanced Education

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies are critical to ensuring that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the skills it needs. More and more, these skills and studies are critical for employers across all industries and sectors as Alberta’s economy continues to grow and diversify.

Alberta’s government is supporting projects that expand student capacity and learning environments to prepare graduates with critically important skills and competencies. The Multidisciplinary Science Hub is central to the university’s overall goals of expanding STEM training and development. Through this funding, the University of Calgary can begin planning a facility that will ensure the greatest impact for the faculty of science and its students.

“Education is the foundation for Alberta’s future, and this investment into science, veterinary medicine and public policy at the University of Calgary will help us further contribute and nurture entrepreneurial talent within the province. Money earmarked for growth in these important areas will help address high demand for these programs, through teaching, learning and research.”

Ed McCauley, president and vice-chancellor, University of Calgary

The science hub will support STEM students in vital areas like agriculture innovation, computer science, energy, quantum, biotechnology and aerospace. A dedicated student success centre will deliver essential workplace skills while startup incubators and industry collaboration spaces will provide opportunities for internships and hands-on learning.

“UCalgary is a key driver of Alberta's innovation future through training and research in energy, agriculture, computer science and health. Our work also supports emerging industries including quantum, critical minerals and aerospace. The investment in the Multidisciplinary Science Hub building will allow us to supercharge research and innovation and expand capacity to meet industry needs by training the next generation of STEM leaders.”

Kristin Baetz, dean, faculty of science, University of Calgary