The Royal Society of Canada has created the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. The inaugural 91 members, all university academics, were announced in September and will be officially recognized at the RSC’s annual meeting in Quebec City on Nov. 21.
The college’s mandate is “to gather scholars, artists and scientists at a highly productive stage of their careers into a single collegium where new advances in understanding will emerge from the interaction of diverse intellectual, cultural and social perspectives.” College members will be expected to attend annual general meetings and symposia, participate in expert panel reports and act as mentors, among other obligations. “This is an important moment in the history of the Royal Society of Canada,” said RSC President Graham Bell.
The Royal Society’s institutional members – 51 of Canada’s universities plus the National Research Council of Canada – were asked to nominate individuals for the new college back in the spring. To be eligible for consideration, nominees need to have received their PhD within the past 15 years. Member-ship in the college is for seven years.