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Building a better Calgary through the power of research

Urban Alliance is a strategic partnership between The City of Calgary and University of Calgary to promote the seamless transfer of cutting-edge research between The City and the university, for the benefit of all our communities. Urban Alliance energizes connections between the people who make up our organizations, and encourages us to work together to find ways to make life better for all Calgarians.

Urban Alliance provides a framework for leading researchers and City employees to work together to tackle challenges such as transportation, waste reduction, energy and environment, youth crime, homelessness, poverty reduction and creating inclusive communities.

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Rescue robots go where people can’t

During inevitable, though thankfully rare, large urban disasters, there are highly skilled teams of first responders at the ready. They may soon be joined by robots developed in a UCalgary lab

O’Brien Institute researchers advance anti-racism work in cancer care and at City of Calgary

Doreen Ezeife and Régine King reflect on promising anti-racism practices for municipalities, and equity and diversity in medicine

Alberta’s largest research universities team up to track evidence of COVID-19 in wastewater of 3.2M people across Alberta

Funding provided by Government of Alberta supports provincial monitoring network and online tracker tool

City-building research positioned to catalyze the reimagining of downtown

Civic Commons Catalyst pilot proposes strategic interventions for downtown Calgary and attracts participation of 3 more Alberta municipalities

Citizen science portal for wearable tech puts Calgary in fast lane to healthier communities and economic diversification

Partnership with The City of Calgary creates opportunities for any citizen who walks, runs, cycles (or sleeps!) to get involved

Research proves that testing hospital wastewater for COVID-19 can help catch localized outbreaks faster

Wastewater monitoring has potential to revolutionize how we track public health