In its eight years of existence, through the provision of space, technical resources and expertise, the IRMACS Centre has played a major role in the wider SFU process of strengthening interdisciplinary research, education, and training. The main goal of the IRMACS 2013 Thematic Year "The Science and Technology of Interdisciplinary Collaboration" is to further promote interdisciplinary collaboration as a way to integrate theories, techniques, and tools from multiple scientific disciplines to solve problems whose solutions are out of reach of a single discipline.