Gairdner Foundation Moving Forward

Gairdner is committed to continuing our mission of convening leaders and promoting scientific excellence, during this challenging and unprecedented time. As a result, we are moving all our programming for the rest of 2020 into online formats and look forward to bringing you ground breaking research from our laureates around the world.

As dates are confirmed we will share more information on our website, social media channels and newsletter. Our annual Laureates’ Lectures, Symposia, National Lectures and student programs and other events will take place online this fall in exciting new formats, ensuring that all of you can join in. Now more than ever, the world needs excellent science and scientists to tackle this pandemic and its future consequences and Gairdner wants to be part of the story.

We have also made the difficult decision to cancel our annual Gala for 2020. We will still find ways to celebrate and honour our 2020 laureates but have decided to forego our Gala for this year. The Gala is an important event for Gairdner, not only because it brings the scientific community together but also to help us fundraise to run all those outreach programs listed above. Should you wish to donate to Gairdner to help us deliver on our promised programs during this difficult time please visit our donation page.

By donating to Gairdner, you are helping us reach the Canadian public with excellent science that impacts their daily lives. Your support helps cultivate the next generation of scientific innovators and entrepreneurs capable of shaping the response to Global issues like the COVID-19 pandemic.


Nominations are now open for the 2021 Canada Gairdner Awards! Now is your chance to nominate the world’s best researchers. These awards celebrate deserving scientists who are focused on improving human health through research. Learn more about the awards and how to build a strong nomination here.

Start a new nomination or update an existing file here.

All submissions are due October 1, 2020.

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