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About Perimeter

Perimeter Institute is a leading centre for scientific research, training and educational outreach in foundational theoretical physics. Founded in 1999 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, its mission is to advance our understanding of the universe at the most fundamental level, stimulating the breakthroughs that could transform our future. Perimeter also trains the next generation of physicists through innovative programs, and shares the excitement and wonder of science with students, teachers and the general public.


Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is an independent, resident-based research institute devoted to foundational issues in theoretical physics at the highest levels of international excellence. We strive to create a lively and dynamic research atmosphere where many approaches to fundamental questions, both orthodox and unorthodox, are pursued simultaneously and where a balance between formal and phenomenologically-oriented research is established. We are determined to collaborate constructively with the surrounding academic community, in particular by creating outstanding educational and research opportunities for graduate students.  We are equally determined to create a world-class outreach program which conveys the wonder and mystery of the universe and the importance of future scientific breakthroughs, to the general public in Canada and beyond.

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Perimeter’s vision is to create the world’s foremost centre for foundational theoretical physics, uniting public and private partners, and the world’s best scientific minds, in a shared enterprise to achieve breakthroughs that will transform our future.

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What we research

Physicists at Perimeter Institute forge new, mind-bending ideas about the ultimate nature of our universe, from space and time to matter and forces.

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Why Theoretical Physics?

Foundational theoretical physics is a cornerstone of modern quantitative science, on which so much else rests. It is perhaps the highest-impact, lowest-cost area of basic research. The field advances our fundamental understanding of the universe, with its powerful ideas seeding the technologies of tomorrow. Solar cells, computers, wireless technologies, diagnostic imaging – they are all rooted in breakthroughs made by theoretical physicists.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

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Perimeter Institute began as a bold idea to strategically invest in one of the most foundational fields in all of science. The vision was radical, yet simple: build an environment to help foster the breakthroughs that will transform our future, while sharing the power of physics with the world.

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Perimeter is supported through an innovative public-private partnership – which unites government, individuals, corporations, and foundations in a shared venture to enable scientific breakthroughs, nurture scientific talent, and share scientific discovery with the broader public.

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Perimeter’s research, training, and outreach activities operate out of a custom-built facility in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

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Perimeter Institute is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors drawn from the private sector and academic community. The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), composed of eminent scientists drawn from the international community, assists the Board and Institute Director in ensuring objectivity and a high standard of scientific excellence.

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We believe breakthroughs are realized through a collision of intellect, imagination and inspiration.