Senior Fellow and former Fulbright Research Chair in Science and Society, ISSP, uOttawa President Emeritus of theCenter for Policy on Emerging Technologies, Washington, DC
A pandemic seems a simple enough problem. Long before vaccines, before germ theory, we had quarantines, social distancing, even masks. Stay apart and the virus will stop hopping around onto new victims. Yet the complexity of our modern societies has made handling such a situation as unsimple as it gets.
Faculty Affiliate, ISSP
Full Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Enginnering, Faculty of Enginnering, uOttawa
Carbon Capture and Thermal Energy Storage technologies using “Adsorption Processes” have very important roles to play to mitigate the effects of climate change. In this blog, I am going to summarize how we can use these technologies and how they would help.
Managing Director, Synergy Technology Management
Chair, Foresight Synergy Network hosted by Telfer School of Management, uOttawa
Geopolitics has traditionally been framed against diverse elites with vested interests competing for control of geographyand natural resources. This has been the case for thousands of years, from the days of the earliest empires to the nation and city-states of today. However, geopolitics is now taking on a new dimension, one defined by an emerging competition among states and elements of their corporate sectors to control and use massive amounts of data about people, places and things.
Canada is proud to have one of the world’s best research environments for cutting-edge development in technology and science. But recent media reports have documented the risks of a system where Canadian researchers may collaborate with China.
Faculty Affiliate, ISSP
Full Professor, Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa
Taiwan has effectively handled the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, but is now facing an unexpected outbreak. Although the numbers still pale in comparison to Canada, the trends in the last few days points to a rise in cases and low vaccination rates.
On Thursday, September 30, at 12:00 PM, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy will host a panel to discuss the successes and failures of COVID governance and what they mean for trust in expertise and public sector decision-making over the longer term.
On Thursday, July 22nd 2021, at 11 AM, the Science and Policy Exchange, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP), National Research Council (NRC) and the International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA) hosted a science diplomacy event to introduce early-career scientists to real global science-policy issues and to guide them through various evidence-informed policy scenarios.
From Monday, May 31 to Thursday, June 3, 2021, Positive Energy hosted a virtual conference exploring the roles and responsibilities between and among public authorities making decisions about Canada's energy future in an age of climate change. The conference convened senior leaders from business, government, Indigenous communities, civil society and the academy for a series of online, interactive, 1-hour sessions.
On Thursday, May 27, at 12:00 PM, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy hosted Prof. Handan Tezel, Faculty Affiliate, ISSP and Full Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Enginnering, Faculty of Enginnering, uOttawa, to discuss how we can capture carbon dioxide from combustion gases or from air and recycle it back to make fuels and other useful chemicals, instead of releasing it into the atmosphere.
On Tuesday, May 11, from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM, the ISSP and the RCIS hosted an expert panel discussion on AI and machine learning.
Will AI and machine learning augment or replace human creativity? How do we teach creativity to the next generation in a world of AI and machine learning? And how do we ensure teaching creativity and innovation in this world remains inclusive?
On Thursday, April 29, at 12:00 PM, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy hosted Prof. Mariam Humayun, Faculty Affiliate, ISSP and Assistant Professor, Marketing, Telfer School of Management, uOttawa, to discuss the emergence and resilience of Bitcoin.
Prof. Monica Gattinger was an invited speaker at the event A Conversation on Climate and Energy, alongside Jason Bordoff, Lourdes Melgar, and Meghan O'Sullivan. The event was organized by the Trilateral Commission.
Congratulations to Professor Catherine Mavriplis, Faculty Affiliate of the ISSP and Full Professor, Faculty of Engineering, uOttawa, for receiving the 2021 Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession from Engineers Canada.
In a new research study, undertaken in collaboration with CAMPUT (Canada’s Energy and Utility Regulators), Positive Energy Senior Research Associate Dr. Patricia Larkin analyzes the benefits, barriers, trade-offs, and success factors for regulatory innovation in two vital areas: relationships between policymakers and regulators, and regulators’ public engagement processes.
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) invited an informal working group of some 40 thought-leaders to identify potential developments over the next 10 to 15 years that would be significant for Canada, including Prof. Monica Gattinger, Director of the ISSP and Positive Energy Chair. The final report, On the horizon: Several perspectives on Canada's technology future - 2030–35, is now out.