The Science, Society and Policy Network

In April 2011, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) brought together several centres of expertise to form the University of Ottawa Science, Society and Policy (SSP) Network.  Some of these centres are located on the uOttawa campus; others are external organizations with a significant presence at the University of Ottawa.

In either case, as part of the uOttawa SSP Network they aim to support and connect member activities and to strengthen university capacity in the study of the intersection between science, technology and society.  Network members are particularly interested in the ethical, legal, managerial and social implications of cutting-edge science and emerging technologies.

In addition to the ISSP, the following entities are currently represented in the network:

The University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society (CLTS)

The Centre for Law, Technology and Society aims to study, analyze and shed light on the relationships between law, technology and society.  Devoted equally to research, education and knowledge dissemination, the Centre brings together professors and independent scholars whose work deals with various topics relating to these themes.  View the Centre’s website here.

The CLTS is represented by its Executive Director, Madelaine Saginur.  

The Emerging Technologies and Innovation Management Laboratory (ETIM)

The University of Ottawa’s new Emerging Technologies and Innovation Management Laboratory brings together researchers who use modelling and statistical software in a multidisciplinary environment to deal with the complex problem of determining how innovations can be used most effectively.  The work at ETIM aids businesses and organizations in various areas of innovation and technology management, including decision making, policy planning and best practices to make the most of innovations as they are developed.

The ETIM is represented by its Director, Jonathan Linton

Loeb Chair and Research Consortium (LCRC)

The Loeb Chair in Organ and Tissue Donation (OTD) at the University of Ottawa is the first of its kind in the world.  By collaborating with existing organizations, the Loeb Chair and Research Consortium (LCRC), representing the fields of law, religion, ethics, biomedical technology, medicine, nursing, society, philosophy and public policy, provides an innovative approach to the study of global queries, obstacles and barriers surrounding OTD.  View the LCRC website here.

The LCRC is represented by the Loeb Chair in Organ and Tissue Donation, Sam D Shemie MD, and the Consortium’s Program Coordinator, Paulina Mirsky.

The University of Ottawa School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS)

EECS is the University of Ottawa's centre for research and teaching in all areas related to computing, computers and communications.  It offers four major degree programs and is home to more than a thousand students.  Advanced research, carried out in EECS's fifteen research areas, is funded by grants and contracts in the millions of dollars and the School enjoys excellent relationships with many local companies.  View the School’s website here.

EECS is represented by Emil Petriu

Gender, Science and Technology Working Group

This emerging working group is represented by Ruby Heap.

The Foresight Synergy Network (FSN)

The FSN is a network of professionals interested in the practical application of foresight tools and practices to better anticipate and understand the uncertainties of the future. The focus of the FSN is cross-sector collaboration and joint brainstorming of ways that public, university and industry members can align themselves for common purposes.

The FSN is represented by Jack Smith.

Technovation: The International Journal of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology Management

Technovation is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes papers on all facets of the process of technological innovation, from conceptualization of a new technology-based product or process through commercial utilization.  Case studies which illustrate how innovation occurs from business and technical standpoints are also included, together with reviews and analyses of governmental and industrial policy which inhibit or stimulate technological innovation.  View the journal’s website here.

Technovation is represented by its Editor-in-Chief, Jonathan Linton

International Journal of Technoethics (IJT)

The International Journal of Technoethics is a peer-reviewed journal that advances scholarship on the impact of ethics in technological advances and applications, whether in established or new areas of research.  The journal publishes empirical research, theoretical studies, innovative methodologies, practical applications, case studies and book reviews.  View the journal’s website here.  

IJT is represented by its Editor-in-Chief, Rocci Luppicini.

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