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.
Senior Fellow, ISSP
Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Ontario Tech University
Hydrogen is an important part of Canada’s energy future. A key obstacle to a full-fledged hydrogen economy lies in identifying a sustainable, low-cost method of hydrogen production with reduced dependence on fossil fuels.
With this month’s cabinet shuffle, Canada has another minister responsible for the massive portfolio of innovation, science and economic development with over 20 agencies and 35 programs under its wing. It is worth taking the opportunity to view how science and technology came to have a seat at federal Cabinet tables 50 years ago.
How keen are Canadians for climate action in these extraordinarily trying times? New survey results from the University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy program and Nanos Research suggest that enthusiasm may be on the rise, despite the unprecedented fiscal, economic, and health situation.
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 Tuesday, February 8, from 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM, join RCIScience and the Institute for Science, Society, and Policy for a look at the impact that citizen science has had on science and policy, and a discussion of the challenges to be overcome to make citizen science an even more powerful positive force.
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.
The Institute for Science, Society and Policy and the Royal Canadian Institute for Science was delighted to host the first panel of the third year of the ISSP-RCIScience Lecture Series. The series focusses on the impact of emerging science and technology on society.
The ISSP was delighted to invite you to a talk by Michael Carolan, Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Affairs for the College of Liberal Arts at the Colorado State University and the 2019 - 2020 Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Science and Society at the ISSP.
On Monday, October 7 2019, Positive Energy hosted a major national conference in Ottawa to examine and address polarization in Canadian politics, in particular its effects on energy decision-making, to share the results of cutting-edge research and engagement on polarization, and to identify promising avenues to address it. A marquee line-up of speakers from the energy, environmental, Indigenous, government, industry and academic sectors focused on these crucial issues for the future of Canada.
New survey results from Positive Energy and Nanos Research evaluate how Canadians perceive the level of public consensus on a number of climate and energy issues. The survey asks Canadians about the current level of agreement on these issues, as well as the level of agreement relative to five years ago.
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.