Who we are

Advisory Committee

The ISSP Advisory Committee is a voluntary, engaged group of stakeholder representatives from the academic, public and private sectors working for the success of the new institute. The mandate of the Committee includes both a review and a challenge role in relation to the scope of ISSP activities.

Core Group

The ISSP Core Group is a multidisciplinary team consisting of faculty from across the University of Ottawa. It participates in the planning and execution of Institute operations, including its education program, research agenda, and outreach and network activities.

Faculty Affiliates

ISSP Affiliates are University of Ottawa faculty who are authorized to supervise theses in subject matter covered by the Institute or who are principal investigators or co-investigators in ISSP research projects or research projects dealing with subject matter covered by the Institute.  They provide support to the ISSP and take part in Institute activities.

Professional Affiliates

ISSP Professional Affiliates are researchers and professionals from non-academic organizations who work with the ISSP in various capacities, including strategic advice, outreach, training and collaboration on projects.

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Fellows

ISSP Fellows are professors, researchers or professionals from organizations other than the University of Ottawa who work with the ISSP in various capacities, including consultation, strategic advice and collaboration on projects.

Fulbright Visiting Research Chair

The Fulbright Visiting Research Chair program enables promising and prominent American scholars, as well as experienced professionals to conduct research, develop collaborations, guest lecture and/or teach at select Canadian universities and research centers, normally for one semester, though this may be extended to a full academic year.

Fulbright Visiting Research Chairs contribute to the activities of the Science, Society and Policy Network at the University of Ottawa and are housed at the ISSP. Chairholders interact with faculty members from a number of different faculties (Arts, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Science and Social Science) and participate in projects concerned with policy to enhance S&T innovation, science/policy integration, and the governance of emerging technologies.

Our Fulbright Visiting Research Chairs, being based at the ISSP and in Ottawa, are able to address joint U.S. – Canada interests, bilateral activities, and carry out comparative analyses.

Past Fulbright Visiting Research Chairs in Science and Society

Writer in Residence

The arts can make an important contribution to understandings of the intersections between science, society and policy. The ISSP's Writer in Residence embodies this pivotal role that the arts can play.

Staff
Former Staff

Founding Director

Marc Saner

Dr. Marc Saner was the inaugural Director of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy (2010-2015), and is an Associate Professor in the University of Ottawa Department of Geography.

Prior to this appointment, he served as Executive Director, Regulatory Governance Initiative, School of Public Policy and Administration, at Carleton University, and Director of Assessments and Executive Vice-President of the Council of Canadian Academies.  Previously, Dr. Saner was a Director at the Institute on Governance where he built the Ethics and Risk Management Sector and co-managed the Technology and Governance Program. 

For the last decade, his primary interest has been multi-disciplinary work at the intersection of science, ethics and governance.  He holds a PhD in Biology from the University of Basel, Switzerland (1991) as well as an MA in Philosophy from Carleton University (1999).   

Dr. Saner has published in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of technology ethics, bioethics, risk management, biotechnology and ecology and has been invited to speak at seminars, workshops and international conferences around the world.

Previous employees and consultants

Sherry Wasilow, 2015-2017

Dr. Wasilow managed ISSP operations, communications and publications, administered outreach and research activities, and recruited and supervised graduate and undergraduate students for a variety of projects and activities.

Rachel So, 2014-2015

Rachel So helped with the development of the graduate program in Science, Society and Policy, and with ISSP outreach and network development. 

Alin Charrière, 2013-2015

Alin Charrière provided support towards various ISSP activities. His projects included the creation of the  Canadian Science Councils Archives and co-authoring timelines on nanotechnology and biofuels policy. He also coordinated, from inception to implementation, the ISSP's interdisciplinary symposium at Congress 2015 entitled Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work.

Sarah Farewell, 2013-2015

Sarah Farewell contributed administrative assistance to the ISSP. As the ISSP’s administrative assistant, Sarah contributed to the daily functioning of the Institute, including managing invoice accounts, contributing to event planning and promotion, updating website content, and maintaining a detailed archive of the ISSP’s activities. Sarah was also responsible for the production of the ISSP’s monthly newsletter, SSP News.

Marco Mueller, 2014-2015

Marco Mueller joined the ISSP in September 2014 as a student volunteer. He assisted with a digitization project for the Canadian Science Councils Archive.

Moxi Zhang, 2014-2015

Moxi Zhang assisted with the coordination of the 9th Annual Bromley Memorial Event at the University of Ottawa.  She has also conducted research and published on science policy matters in China alongside Senior ISSP Fellow, Margaret McCuaig-Johnston.

Katherine Fafard, 2014

Katherine contributed her background in the design and management of university-based research institutes with mandates in public policy and science research. As an experienced consultant, she contributed to the development of ISSP communications strategies.

Michael Bordt, 2013-2014

Michael Bordt assisted with the planning and coordination of the Science Policy Roundtable workshops and contributed to a series of policy briefs dealing with current issues in science-policy integration.

Sasha Kebo, 2012-2013

Sasha Kebo helped in developing of the ISSP's education program by coordinating workshops, and contributed to a series of policy briefs dealing with current issues in science-policy integration.

Jeremy Geelen, 2011-2013

As Project and Public Affairs Manager, Jeremy Geelen worked with the Director and Core Group in developing and implementing ISSP strategy. He co-managed the Institute's activities, oversaw its day-to-day operations and contributed to the Institute's research mandate.

Dara Marcus, 2013

Dara Marcus assisted in organizing Science and Society 2013: Emerging Agendas for Citizens and the Sciences and drafting the results document from the symposium.

Matthew Gaudreau, 2012-2013

Matthew Gaudreau worked on a series of policy briefs dealing with current issues in science-policy integration. The policy briefs were a key component of a SSHRC Public Outreach Grant awarded to the ISSP for the 2012/13 year, and covered topics such as knowledge integration, the evaluation and communication of uncertainty, and collaboration between scientists and policy makers. He also provided assistance in organizing Science and Society 2013: Emerging Agendas for Citizens and the Sciences.

Monica Harvey, 2013

Monica Harvey assisted in organizing Science and Society 2013: Emerging Agendas for Citizens and the Sciences and provided communication and research support on various ISSP projects, including being co-author of The Future is History published by Policy Horizons Canada.

Carin Christou, 2011-2012

Carin Christou conducted research on science policy integration, the science and technology landscape and assisted on various ISSP projects. She also helped with grant applications and is co-author of the ISSP publication Governance of Emerging Technologies: Scan of International Institutions.

Dara Jospe, 2011-2012

Dara Jospe provided support on various ISSP projects including helping to draft the symposium report, Synthetic Biology at the Interface of Science and Policy. She also worked as a research assistant to Jennifer Chandler, an ISSP Core Group member, where she investigated topics such as neuro-imaging, organ donation, emerging therapies for drug addiction and the mitigation of psychological injuries and memory.

Valerie Harbour, 2012

Valerie Harbour provided support on various ISSP projects including Science and Society 2013: Emerging Agendas for Citizens and the Sciences.

Lucas Jurkovic, 2011

Lucas Jurkovic provided support on various ISSP projects including helping to draft the symposium report, Synthetic Biology at the Interface of Science and Policy.

In-Leng Ng, 2011

In-Leng Ng advised the ISSP on web strategy and helped develop ISSP web content.

Eve Heafey, 2010-2011

Eve Heafey researched the regulatory framework surrounding emerging nanotechnologies and advised the Director on regulatory developments in the field. She also co-authored the ISSP publication A Primer on Nanomaterials Regulation.

Anna Stoklosa, 2010-2011

Anna Stoklosa provided support on various ISSP projects, including being co-author on Commercial, Societal and Administrative Benefits from the Analysis and Clarification of Definitions: The Case of Nanomaterials.

Interns

  • Justine Lallement, 2013

Work Study Students

  • Anne Gauthier, 2013
  • Erika Decock, 2012-2013
  • Sonia Pavez, 2012-2013
  • Nasha Brownridge, 2012
  • Maham Saeed, 2011-2012
  • Fatima Alsalihiy, 2010-2011
  • Damien Broomes, 2010-2011
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