Over the past year, the ISSP has published multiple member blogs about how we need to transform decision-making to more effectively address grand challenges, such as transforming teaching, training and the science enterprise; fostering equity, diversity and inclusion in decision-making; putting into practice new decision-making models, and reframing how we think about science and technology in domestic and international policy. The compilation also includes a dedicated section on the grand challenges of COVID-19 and climate change.
Over the past six months, the ISSP has published multiple member blogs providing concrete advice to decision-makers about the myriad impacts and dimensions of COVID-19 – everything from science advice and government responses, to data collection and modelling to the cultural dimensions of superspreader events, the future of air travel, and the impacts on human rights.
We need to understand that Indigenous voice is important in all mission-driven projects. If we make that space for Indigenous voices in the creation of missions, it broadly serves society as a whole and the economy as a whole.
Faculty Affiliate, ISSP
Full Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, uOttawa
The development of multiple COVID-19 vaccines is an incredible achievement, but vaccinating people remains a grand challenge. In Canada, acquiring and maintaining public trust in the COVID-19 vaccine is an important part of the equation. This will require continued and focused attention, especially on populations that have been historically marginalized or face other barriers to accessing the vaccine.
On Thursday, January 27, at 12:00 PM, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy will host Prof. Lundy Lewis, 2019 Fulbright Research Chair in Science and Society, ISSP uOttawa and Professor of Computer Information Systems at Southern New Hampshire University to discuss inclusive approaches to the participation in the digital economy.
On Thursday, February 24, at 12:00 PM, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy will host Prof. Chelsea Schelly, 2022 Fulbright Research Chair in Science and Society, ISSP uOttawa and Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University to discuss the social aspects of socio-technological systems transitions.
On Thursday, March 31, at 12:00 PM, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy will host Prof. Eda Kranakis, Faculty Affiliate, ISSP and Full Professor, Department of History, Faculty of Arts, uOttawa to discuss Monsanto’s research practices, intellectual property designs, commercial aims, and strategic scientific rhetoric.
On Thursday, November 25, at 12:30 PM, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy was pleased to support the University of Ottawa and the Office of the Vice-President, Research in organizing a Partner Panel at the 2021 Canadian Science Policy Conference: Mission-Driven Research and Innovation to Address Grand Challenges: Does Canada have what it takes?
On Thursday, October 28, at 12:00 PM, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy hosted Prof. Chibuike Udenigwe, Faculty Affiliate, ISSP and Full Professor, School of Nutrition Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, uOttawa, to discuss the sustainability of global food systems.
On Thursday, October 14, at 12:00 PM, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy hosted 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.
The fruit of eighteen months of engagement with our members, it is grounded in the ambitious vision of helping Canada to transform decision-making to meet the grand challenges of our time. The plan lays out multiple research, teaching and outreach goals, activities and target outcomes to realize this vision.