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Message of the director

Monica Gattinger

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to have been appointed Director of the University of Ottawa's Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP). Since coming on board in the fall 2015, I have become increasingly impressed by the breadth and depth of the ISSP's network of leading scholars, fellows, affiliates and students at the University of Ottawa and beyond. Everyone has given me a warm and enthusiastic welcome, and I am excited about charting the future together.

Inaugural Director Dr. Marc Saner built a first-rate Institute, and I look forward to building on the solid foundations he put in place. I plan to focus on strengthening the Institute's research capacity and research programs, its outreach efforts, notably convening dialogue between and among academics and senior practitioners on salient issues of science, society and policy, and expanding our teaching and training programs, including our recently launched Collaborative Master's in Science, Society and Policy.
If we have not yet met, please say hello at one of our upcoming events. I look forward to meeting you.

Dr. Gattinger brings her expertise in interdisciplinary research and teaching in the areas of energy, culture, policy, and governance to the ISSP. She is Associate Professor at the School of Political Studies, and Chair of the Positive Energy project. Monica was an elected member of the University of Ottawa's Board of Governors from 2012 to 2015, and she sits on the Editorial Boards of the University of Ottawa Press and the journal Canadian Public Administration. Gattinger holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Carleton University. Prior to joining uOttawa, she held positions at the Canada West Foundation, Angus Reid (now Ipsos-Reid) and TELUS. 

About the ISSP

Science and technology continue to accelerate and change the world around us. Combined with the almost unimaginable opportunities for the future comes uncertainty on how society can adapt and how risks can be managed.

The Institute for Science, Society and Policy is a cross-faculty Institute at the University of Ottawa exploring the links between science, society and policy. Our network includes professors, researchers, practitioners and students from multiple faculties and disciplines both inside and outside uOttawa. ISSP conducts research, teaching and outreach. Our collective expertise spans three areas: science for policy (also known as evidence-based decision making); policy for science; and, governance of emerging technologies.

Our activities span science and innovation policy, evidence-based decision-making, and technology governance. We address issues from the funding of the S&T enterprise, through its regulatory oversight to its social implications.

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