CLRN Description for website

The Canadian Lunar Research Network was established in 2008 with the objective of representing and connecting the Canadian lunar research community.

As Canada takes on a leading role in the return of humans to the lunar surface, along with Canada’s collaboration with the U.S. on the Lunar Gateway initiative, and the launch of the Canadian Space Agency’s (CSA) Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP), the Canadian Lunar Research Network brings together and represents a group of world-class lunar scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs from all across Canada. CLRN uniquely encompasses academia, industry, and not-for-profit organizations and are ready to ensure that the Canadian lunar science community can achieve the ambitious goals set by the Government of Canada.

The network strives to enable innovation in Canada’s space industry with new challenges that require new engineering solutions. As CLRN is an international member of NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), the network will provide its members with access to and encourage/enable collaborations with US organisations and partners.

CLRN has several main goals:

· Strengthening and growing the lunar research community in Canada

· Building capacity in Canada by training the next generation of lunar scientists and engineers

· Fostering collaboration among Canadian academia and industry, and with international partners through SSERVI

· Engaging Canadian public interest in the Moon and generating awareness and interest in Canada’s role in the Lunar Gateway and other lunar exploration initiatives

· Highlighting the benefits of lunar science and exploration, both industrial and socio-economic

· Providing expert advice to the CSA and Government of Canada on all matters regarding or related to lunar exploration.

Membership of the CLRN is open to active Canadian lunar researchers (undergraduate and beyond), industry partners, and not-for-profit organizations. As a member, you will receive regular mailings announcing events and jobs in lunar science.