TRIUMF is poised on the brink of a vast world of opportunity, both within Canada and beyond.
The frontiers of science that were so ambitiously challenged by TRIUMF’s original tri-university partnership have expanded, in part because of the lab’s achievements and over the past 50 years.
Today, we stand on the shoulders of those founding giants, reaching for new heights. Driven by a community defined by perseverance, resourcefulness and collaboration, our lab continues to push the frontiers of physics further than ever before.
We revolutionized the technology in our field. We saved lives with new methods of producing medical isotopes. We connected science to society by finding applications for newly minted isotopes. All these advancements occurred during the 49th year of our lab’s history. 365 days of discovery – a single year of innovation – in what is truly the decades-long story of TRIUMF.
These accomplishments stand as testament to our history of excellence in research, training and Canadian science. The result: a lab primed for decades more of leadership in innovation, in collaboration, and in discovery.
TRIUMF’s founders could not have precisely foretold the laboratory’s route to present day, and we cannot forecast with certainty where our next 50 years will take us, or our path along the way. However, some things are certain:
Our work to complete the flagship ARIEL facility will create a world-leading hub for isotope research, furthering the laboratory’s quest to answer enduring questions about how elements were made in the Universe.
TRIUMF’s acclaimed expertise in areas like superconducting radiofrequency cavity development, beam and target dynamics, and medical isotope research will continue to flourish and grow, and enrich our partners and collaborators across the globe.
Our researchers will continue to elucidate the once-arcane mysteries of antimatter, dark matter, and subatomic particle physics, and to describe the untold dynamics of the atomic nucleus.
Countless future commercial opportunities will be seized, each predicated on the gold standard of TRIUMF research and development 50 years in the making.
TRIUMF will continue to grow its family of member universities, with each addition raising another unique voice in our proud chorus of knowledge, expertise, and talent.
We don’t know how far the frontiers of science will advance in the next half-century.
It’s hard to imagine that anyone knew that answer back in 1968 either, when TRIUMF was still in its infancy and keen to begin its quest to the heart of matter.
To look at TRIUMF’s journey in the last 50 years, though, is to bear witness to a passionate legacy of asking questions in pursuit of scientific excellence. It is to see clearly that our laboratory’s role in leading science and research, uniting diverse communities of global citizens, and improving the world with science will endure for decades to come.