The Society consists of three Academies: the Académie des lettres et des sciences humaines; the Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences; and the Academy of Science. The aims of the Society are:
- making available its members' broad and varied knowledge to evaluate and advise on social, cultural, economic and scientific issues for the benefit of Canada;
- assessing significant issues of value to Canadians and providing independent expert advice, notably to government, on matters of public policy through its program of Expert Panel reports;
- fostering the highest levels of learning and research in all areas of scholarship and recognizing outstanding achievements in research and innovation by electing new Fellows and awarding medals and prizes;
- promoting international collaboration and Canadian scholarship and accomplishments internationally through active exchanges with other national academies; and
- considering important topics by the organization of annual symposia.
The Royal Society of Canada established the John L Synge Award in 1986 to honour John Lighton Synge. The Award is made:-
... for outstanding research in any of the branches of the mathematical sciences.It was endowed by Synge's friends, fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, and Synge's daughter Cathleen Synge Morawetz.
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