Distinguished Researcher, Autodesk
Co-chair of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Singularity University
Co-founder,Pink Army Cooperative
Forget math and physics. Biology is the hardest science. Engineers in other fields have built quantum computers whose operations come uncomfortably close to magic. They’ve made the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a gigantic instrument for studying physics at its limits. And they’ve landed a 2,000 pound rover on Mars using a complicated, never-before-tested sky crane system. These projects were difficult but clearly doable.
Core Member, ISSP
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa
Long ago and far away I took a course in philosophy of the social sciences. Surprisingly, this philosophy course involved a field trip and a very peculiar one indeed. On campus there was a small office in a bit of commercial space that housed, if memory serves, Technocracy Inc. The organisation was committed to advancing the cause of a rational and scientific approach to life in general and government in particular.
Core Member, ISSP
Associate Director, Graduate Studies, Institute of the Environment
Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Ottawa
In 2007, I attended a workshop to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Bruntland Commission's publication of "Our Common Future". During a panel discussion devoted to a retrospective analysis of the impact of Bruntland on public policy, the audience was pinned down by a perfect fusillade of references to "the policy process". Bleeding from a dozen wounds (granted, mostly superficial, or so it seemed at the time), I pleaded for clemency. Said I: "I am but a humble natural scientist, so please forgive my ignorance, but what, precisely, is the policy process?"
On Monday, November 16, 2020, at 8:30 AM, the ISSP and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis will organise the panel Helping Societies Address Cascading Climate Risks from Outside Geopolitical Boundaries: Case Study on the Arctic (Interactive Policy Simulation), as a part of the Canadian Science Policy Conference 2020.
On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at 10:30 AM, the ISSP and Grands Challenges Canada will organise the panel Polarization: What does it mean for Science Communication and Decision-Making?, as a part of the Canadian Science Policy Conference 2020.
On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at 4:30 PM, the ISSP will organise the panel Aligning Science, Society and Policy for the Grand Challenges of our Time, as a part of the Canadian Science Policy Conference 2020.
On Thursday, November 26, at 12:00 PM, the ISSP will host Prof. Martine Lagacé, Member of the Advisory Committee, ISSP and Associate Vice-President, Research, Promotion and Development, uOttawa, to discuss the aging of the Canadian workforce and its important implications for humans resources practices, notably as relates to hiring and retaining young and older workers.
On Thursday, October 29, at 12:00 PM, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy hosted Prof. Melike Erol-Kantarci, Faculty Affiliate, ISSP and Associate Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, uOttawa, to discuss novel AI-based tools that will allow a peer-to-peer energy trading platform consisting of microgrids to become a part of the future transactive energy systems.
Congratulations to Prof. Stefanie Haustein, Faculty Affiliate of the ISSP, for being awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Grant as a Co-Principal Investigator in support for a bilingual, national, open access platform, Coalition Publica, to significantly enhance the international dissemination of, and increase readership for, Canadian social sciences and humanities research outcomes.
Created by a research team led by ISSP Core Members Prof. Kelly Bronson, Canada Research Chair in Science and Society and Prof. Jason Millar, Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in the Ethical Engineering of Robotics and AI and Prof. Teresa Scassa, Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy, uOttawa, the Global Pandemic App Watch (GPAW) will monitor the technical evolution of Exposure Notification and Contact Tracing (ENaCT) worldwide government apps to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.