The @Risk Research Team met in Ottawa to continue working on the the Partnership Development Grant. A public lecture kicked off the session, entitled “Managing Risk: Should the Public be Engaged based on Values, not Risks?”.This panel explored opportunities and challenges for improving public engagement in risk management by including public values. Panelists brought perspectives from three topic areas: gene-edited foods, nuclear waste management and public health decision making.
The panel discussed the challenges and opportunities of the G7 in advancing clean energy in times of political uncertainty, rising economic nationalism and resurgent climate change skepticism. While sharing experiences from Canada and Germany, the conversation focused on the ways that the G7 can share best practices, set the right conditions, avoid roadblocks, and present tangible strategies for a smooth transition toward sustainable energy.
Luncheon talk with William A. Carter, Deputy Director and Fellow, Technology Policy Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies. Mr. Carter discussed elements of his new paper on a National Strategy for Machine Intelligence.
The Institute for Science, Society and Policy and the Royal Canadian Institute for Science were delighted to host the inaugural panel in the ISSP-RCIScience Lecture Series, which focused on the impact of emerging science and technology innovations on society. The discussion focused on gene editing technology and discussed how CRISPR works and where this technology could take us.
The Institute for Science, Society and Policy hosted for the first time in a public panel the Chief Science Advisor of Canada, Dr. Mona Nemer, the Chief Scientist of Québec, Dr. Rémi Quirion and the Chief Scientist of Ontario, Dr. Molly Shoichet.
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.