New technologies open exciting opportunities for knowledge, research, and education to cross borders. But recently, the same tools that can bring liberation have been exposed for contributing to erosion of the cultural and political foundations of free society. Is our progress toward a global knowledge society in peril? What barriers exist to globalizing knowledge — old and new? And what are the benefits and risks associated with living in a global knowledge society?
The Institute for Science, Society and Policy and the Royal Canadian Institute for Science were delighted to host the first panel of the second year of the ISSP-RCIScience Lecture Series. The series focusses on the impact of emerging science and technology on society. On December 10th, we discussed the science, policy and societal implications of new technologies designed to allow people with disabilities to communicate and interact with the world around them.
This roundtable discussion kicked off with a presentation on U.S. science priorities and policies and opportunities for U.S.-Canadian research collaborations. Currently an Embassy Science Fellow in Ottawa, Dr. Claire Hemingway is a program director at the National Science Foundation (NSF).
In the UK, the residential sector currently accounts for approximately a third of the energy used and so energy demand reduction in this sector is a key part of our strategy for carbon reduction. However, energy demand reduction has typically been addressed from an engineering perspective, with only recent consideration of the requirements of users and the implications for design.
The ISSP was delighted to host the Luncheon talk with Dr. Lundy Lewis, Canada/US Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Science and Society for the fall 2018 term at the institute. Dr. Lewis comes to uOttawa from Southern New Hampshire University, where he was the Christos and Mary Papoutsy Distinguished Chair in Ethics and Social Responsibility.
The ISSP and the Royal Canadian Institute for Science were delighted to host the second public panel of the joint panel series on science, society and policy.This panel explored the impact of emerging science and technology innovations on society.
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.