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Perimeter Institute Facility

Perimeter Scholars International's home is located within the Stephen Hawking Centre at Perimeter Institute, in the city of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

"Special places like Perimeter encourage young scientists to be ambitious and bold. And I do believe in the limitless power of the human mind to understand the universe and to create the future." - Prof. Stephen Hawking

The Institute is located in Waterloo, just west of Toronto, in Ontario, Canada.  It is set within the "Uptown" area, with plentiful restaurants, shops, cafés, and independent cinemas -- all within a 10-minute walk through the park to the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Perimeter Institute is a facility like no other. Designed to facilitate basic research and discovery, the building boasts over 120,000 square feet of blackboard-lined offices, casual interaction spaces, formal conference and seminar rooms, library, fitness centre, and the Black Hole Bistro. With collaborative opportunities around every corner, Perimeter Institute is an important contributor to the research culture within.

Perimeter's facility has seen significant growth in its history. The first custom-built facility was opened in 2004 as a deliberate marriage of form and function, later winning the national Governor General's Medal for Architecture. Perimeter outgrew its original facility, and by 2011 opened the doors of the Stephen Hawking Centre during a special ceremony with television broadcast to accommodate its expanding research, training, and outreach activities. This expansion has doubled the size of the Institute, making room for up to 250 researchers and students operating as a single community. In 2015, the Stephen Hawking Centre was awarded LEED Silver.

The building includes:

six seminar rooms





the 205-seat Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas





a two-floor library with work spaces





a squash court and gym






Perimeter's very own Black Hole Bistro





State-of-the-art IT infrastructure supports visualization, analysis of complex calculations, and remote collaboration.

The Perimeter Scholars International (PSI) program is centrally located on the second floor of the Stephen Hawking Centre at Perimeter Institute. PSI facilities include a custom-designed lecture hall -- known as the Time Room -- as well as a work room with space for up to 50 students. PSI students have complete access to the entire Perimeter Institute facility, and all of the blackboards and chalk within.