The Institute for Science, Society and Policy hosted a special presentation by Allan Fogwill, President and CEO of the Canadian Energy Research Institute, on "Electrification: From the What to the How." Mr. Fogwill discussed a newly released report called "Greenhouse Gas Emissions reductions in Canada through Electrification of Energy Services."
The Institute for Science, Society and Policy hosted a special presentation by Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand and Chair of the International Network of Government Science Advice. The title of Sir Peter's presentation was "Science Advice in a Troubled World." This event was co-hosted with the Canadian Science Policy Centre (CSPC), and was the inaugural session of the CSPC's Canadian Science Policy Lecture Series.
The Institute for Science, Society and Policy hosted an expert panel discussion about the promises and pitfalls of open data policy: “What are we to make of open data policies?” ISSP core member and Professor Daniel J. Paré, president of the Canadian Communication Association, chaired the event, which was the second of the ISSP's panel series for the 2016-2017 academic year.
The Institute for Science, Society and Policy together with Genome Canada, sponsored an expert panel discussion of how to approach the societal opportunities and challenges posed by new gene editing techniques such as CRISPR. ISSP Director, Professor Monica Gattinger, chaired the event, which was the first of the ISSP's panel series for the 2016-2017 academic year.
On March 7, the ISSP welcomed over 70 researchers and practitioners to the latest in a series of panel discussions on the new federal government’s commitment to evidence-based decision-making. The focus of this broad-ranging discussion was moving from the “what” of science advice structures in government to the complex question of “how” scientific evidence is used in decision-making. The panel discussed exploring the various approaches to implementing the new federal government's commitment. A planned third panel discussion will explore the potential for open-data initiatives, including open access to journals and open data to transform evidence-based decision-making.
Dr. Nigel Cameron, ISSP Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Science and Society 2015-2016 and founding president of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies, gave a public lecture on how to address the challenges of political leadership in the complex and ever-changing context of emerging technologies. Fulbright Canada was in attendance, as were many professors, students, ISSP researchers and fellows, and government representatives.
Dr. Wendell Wallach, ISSP Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Science and Society 2015-2016, recently spoke about his latest book, "A Dangerous Master: How to Prevent Technology From Slipping Beyond Our Control," at the University of Ottawa on 26 January 2016. Fulbright Canada was in attendance, as were many professors, students, ISSP researchers and fellows, and government representatives.
The Institute for Science, Society and Policy would like to invite you to a panel discussion exploring the various approaches to structuring the Chief Science Officer role, a key commitment of the new federal government.
Emerging technolgoies offer the promise of tremendous potential for lessening most of our key problems including energy security, food security, climate change, global health, extreme poverty, and so forth. However, it also leads to skepticism regarding the direction of change: who will be the beneficiaries and who will bear the potential downsides? ISSP Director Marc Saner will illustrate the current issues and discuss ideas for the proactive governance of emerging technologies.