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Bristol researcher named as part of new cohort of CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars

Dr Paul Skrzypczyk

Press release issued: 7 June 2022

Dr Paul Skrzypczyk is one of 18 early-career researchers which have been named CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars for 2022-2024. The announcement of this year’s cohort takes place during a milestone year, as CIFAR celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Dr Skrzypczyk of the School of Physics studies Quantum Information Science. His research focuses on the full spectrum of fundamentally new and extraordinary ways in which quantum entanglement allows us to process information and what this, in turn, teaches us about the very fabric of nature.

He said: “I'm absolutely thrilled to have been selected as a Global Scholar. This is a very exciting opportunity for me, and I'm really looking forward to building new bridges with the Canadian Quantum Information Science community over the coming years through this award.”

The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program is part of a range of next-generation initiatives at CIFAR that aims to boost the potential of early-career researchers pursuing high-risk, high-reward ideas.

"The program provides an unparalleled opportunity to explore truly interdisciplinary topics alongside some of the leading researchers in the world in search of answers to some of the toughest questions,” says Rachel Parker, Senior Director, Research.

Selected from more than 200 eligible applications from 32 countries, the 18 selected scholars reside at institutions in six countries: Canada, Chile, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars is a unique program that provides $100,000 in unrestricted research support, in addition to mentorship, global networking, and professional skills development.

For two years, scholars join one of CIFAR’s 12 research programs where they have the opportunity to collaborate with CIFAR fellows. This year’s cohort will be contributing to the Bio-inspired Solar Energy, Child & Brain Development, Gravity & the Extreme Universe, Learning in Machines & Brains, Quantum Information Science, and Quantum Materials programs. Once their term ends, many scholars continue to contribute to the CIFAR community, joining as fellows, Canada CIFAR AI Chairs, or workshop participants.

“I would like to congratulate and welcome our seventh cohort of CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars. They are amongst some of the most promising young researchers in the world,” says Dr. Alan Bernstein, O.C., President and CEO of CIFAR.

“Humanity faces many complex and pressing challenges, from income inequality to climate change. We need creative and talented scholars and scientists, especially the next generation of investigators, to contribute to the global effort to address these challenges and exciting science questions. It is of utmost importance to provide opportunity for this next generation of innovative thinkers,” adds Dr. Bernstein. “That is why programs like the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program are so important for both advancing science and enabling positive change in the world.”

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