At this event, Professor Monica Gattinger, Director of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa, launched her new book, 'The Roots of Culture, the Power of Art: The First Sixty Years of the Canada Council for the Arts' (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2017).
The Institute for Science, Society and Policy had the pleasure to host Dr. Pnina Geraldine Abir-Am, Resident Scholar, WSRC, Brandeis University, USA on the University of Ottawa campus, for her presentation on Women Scientists of the 1970s: An Ego-Histoire of a Lost Generation.
The ISSP was honoured to partner with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre to host the Scientists as conveners and ambassadors for facts? Evidence co-creation for a hyper-complex post-fact politics panel at the Canadian Science Policy Conference 2017. The discussion was focused on evidence-informed decision-making in a complex, post-truth world. The panel explored contemporary policy and political decision-making, the role of scientists in evidence-informed decision-making and the challenges and opportunities of measuring the impact of evidence in decisions.
The ISSP was pleased to partner with the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada to organize a panel on science communication, regulation and trust at the SWCC’s annual conference in Ottawa. The panel explored the challenges science communicators face in overcoming low levels of public trust in government, expertise and industry by drawing on panellists’ experiences in diverse sectors and communications methods. Moderated by ISSP Director Monica Gattinger, the event featured panellists Jacob Berkowitz, Science Writer and ISSP Writer-in-Residence; Jason Cameron, Vice-President and Chief Communications Officer, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, and Vanessa Nelson, Vice-President, External Relations, Let’s Talk Science.
The Institute for Science, Society and Policy hosted a special presentation by ISSP Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Science and Society 2016-2017, Dr. Dee Williams, who lives in Anchorage, Alaska, where he currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Alaska Regional Office of the US Geological Survey-the science agency of the US Department of the Interior.
The Institute for Science, Society and Policy hosted a special presentation by Allan Fogwill, President and CEO of the Canadian Energy Research Institute, on "Electrification: From the What to the How." Mr. Fogwill discussed a newly released report called "Greenhouse Gas Emissions reductions in Canada through Electrification of Energy Services."
The Institute for Science, Society and Policy hosted a special presentation by Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand and Chair of the International Network of Government Science Advice. The title of Sir Peter's presentation was "Science Advice in a Troubled World." This event was co-hosted with the Canadian Science Policy Centre (CSPC), and was the inaugural session of the CSPC's Canadian Science Policy Lecture Series.
The Institute for Science, Society and Policy hosted an expert panel discussion about the promises and pitfalls of open data policy: “What are we to make of open data policies?” ISSP core member and Professor Daniel J. Paré, president of the Canadian Communication Association, chaired the event, which was the second of the ISSP's panel series for the 2016-2017 academic year.
The Institute for Science, Society and Policy together with Genome Canada, sponsored an expert panel discussion of how to approach the societal opportunities and challenges posed by new gene editing techniques such as CRISPR. ISSP Director, Professor Monica Gattinger, chaired the event, which was the first of the ISSP's panel series for the 2016-2017 academic year.
On March 7, the ISSP welcomed over 70 researchers and practitioners to the latest in a series of panel discussions on the new federal government’s commitment to evidence-based decision-making. The focus of this broad-ranging discussion was moving from the “what” of science advice structures in government to the complex question of “how” scientific evidence is used in decision-making. The panel discussed exploring the various approaches to implementing the new federal government's commitment. A planned third panel discussion will explore the potential for open-data initiatives, including open access to journals and open data to transform evidence-based decision-making.