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CITA Moves, Expands

Canada's National Astrophysical Research Institute Expanding - More space had been needed for recent influx of world-class researchers

Toronto, ON, Oct 17 -- The Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, a nationally-supported research center hosted by the University of Toronto, has completed its on-campus move. The new space has all of its researchers, including the twenty that have arrived over the past year, breathing a sigh of relief.

``Working in CITA's collaborative environment, with interactions between researchers in many different areas, has been a great experience.'' said Christoph Pfrommer, a computational cosmologist recently hired from the Max Plank Institute for Astrophysics in Germany, who had shared an makeshift office with up to four other researchers during his first year at the Institute. ``But having the new office will make my own work easier, and the added space will mean we can bring in more visiting researchers to collaborate with myself and with my CITA collegues.''

The Institute, long a draw for both Canadian and international scientists, has a tradition of hiring the best young researchers from around the world and putting them together in an environment which serves as an incubator for new science. Over the 21-year history of CITA, the number of high-quality researchers applying to work at the Institute has increased dramatically, which has finally made it necessary to move from the floor CITA has occupied since its inception to almost double its office space.

Outgoing director Dick Bond had started the push for the new space several years ago. ``We have had enormous growth over the past ten years,'' said Professor Bond. ``In the new space, the Institute will be able to build on our successes while giving us the room to continue its work into the future.''

``This expansion and move gives us room to work, and room to grow'' said the Institute's current Director, Norm Murray. ``As anyone familiar with CITA will tell you, Dick Bond was the driving force behind CITA's phenomenal growth and concomitant scientific impact over the last decade,'' said Murray. ``In following him as Director, I will strive to foster CITA's well known research intensive yet friendly atmosphere, so that we continue to attract the world's finest research fellows. Experience has shown that, if we can attract the best, exciting and world class research will follow.''


About the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics. The Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) is a world-class, nationally supported, research center for studies in theoretical astrophysics and related subjects hosted by the University of Toronto. The primary missions of CITA are to foster interaction within the Canadian theoretical astrophysics community and to serve as an international center of excellence for theoretical studies in astrophysics. CITA receives research support from a collaborative special project grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), as well as the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR). More information about CITA and the work of its researchers is available at http://www.cita.utoronto.ca/ .

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More information about this topic, or CITA in general, can be arranged through the CITA administrator, Nina Ladocha, at Tel: 416 978 8800; Fax: 416 978 3921; email: citadmin@cita.utoronto.ca. More information about CITA and the work of its researchers is also available online at http://www.cita.utoronto.ca/.


Published: October 17, 2006