Co-founded in 1987, by Professor John Kirton, the G7 Research Group consists of a global network of scholars, professionals in the media, business, government and research communities, and students interested in the ongoing activity of the G7 and G8, and closely related bodies such as the G20. As the G20 finance ministers and central bankers prepared to meet for the 10th time in 2008, Professor Kirton founded the G20 Research Group, to focus more closely on the work of the G20. Both groups are based at the University of Toronto, with their work supported by the International Relations Program at Trinity College, the Munk School of Global Affairs, Robarts Library, Trinity College’s John Graham Library, the Department of Political Science, and other units.

During the year, the G7 and G20 Research Groups conduct programs related to research, teaching and public education. At the time of the annual summits, the Research Groups mount programs in the host country and at the summits that include collecting documentation for the G7 and G20 archives housed at the John Graham Library, engaging in media assistance, conducting research and analysis, and participating in symposia and conferences, lectures, seminars, courses and other related activities.

Before and during the summits, the G7 and G20 Information Centres also assemble, verify and post documents on the meetings, the available official documentation of all past summits and ministerial meetings, scholarly writings and policy analyses, research studies, scholarship information and links to related sites.

Follow the G7 Research Group at @g7_rg and the G20 Research Group at @g20rg.