Polarization: What does it mean for Science Communication and Decision-Making?

About the event

On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at 10:30 AM, the ISSP organised the panel Polarization: What does it mean for Science Communication and Decision-Making?, as a part of the Canadian Science Policy Conference 2020.

Polarization is on the rise globally, and has the potential to challenge the societal mobilization necessary to address the grand challenges of our time—from climate change and energy security to global health. But how polarized are we, and on what issues? How can decision-makers, the scientific community, and science communicators chart a path forward for policy and communications when citizens and leaders disagree strongly and irreconcilably? What tactics, approaches and strategies work? This panel brings together experts and political, Indigenous and non-profit leaders from Canada and the US to tackle these important questions, drawing on emerging research and fresh insights.


Rachel Bitecofer, Host, The Election Whisperer





Niilo Edwards, Executive Director, First Nations Major Project Coalition





Monica Gattinger

Professor Monica Gattinger, Director, ISSP; Full Professor, School of Political Studies, uOttawa





Preston Manning, Manning Foundation for Democratic Education





Rhonda Moore, Practice Lead in Science and Innovation, Institute on Governance



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