Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor, ISSP Principal, Paulicy works
I think we are all familiar with our Nordic clime and the Canadian habit of building snowmen. What’s nice about them is that you can use your creativity and imagination to build them to any specification under the right conditions. No two are alike—just like snowflakes. But snowmen have a structural –if not temporal, flaw—while some may last through a winter, they will all eventually melt—leaving the water to dissipate---until we build them again in another winter if the conditions are propitious.
Inaugural Director and Core Member, ISSP
Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Ottawa
As I am entering the final three months of my five-year term, I want to briefly take stock and describe the transition planning. I have in front of me our first four annual reports -- I believe their titles describe the development of the ISSP quite well: First Steps, Creating a Network, Building on Strong Foundations and Towards a Graduate Program.
Senior Fellow, ISSP
Former federal Assistant Deputy Minister in NSERC, NRCan and Department of Finance
Canada has some of the best and the brightest scientists in the world. Take for instance Gilles Brassard in quantum cryptography, Paul Corkum in attosecond physics, and Barbara Sherwood-Lawlor in earth sciences who are international leaders in their fields. There is little doubt that Canadians are performing well given our modest resources. The question is: are we supporting our top talent effectively to allow them to collaborate with top researchers around the world, and to allow our companies to realize value from our research investment?
Inaugural Director and Core Member, ISSP
Associate Professor,Department of Geography, University of Ottawa
Even holistic thinkers need to broaden their scope sometimes. This is my impression from the First Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics (Phoenix, May 20-21, 2013). This international event was organized by the Center for Law, Science and Innovation at Arizona State University, and the ISSP was among the fourteen sponsoring organizations. I hope that it will become an annual event – it was, without any doubt, a great success.
Faculty Affiliate, ISSP
Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa and NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering
What a treat to meet the Hon. Marc Garneau! As NSERC / Pratt & Whitney Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, I had the privilege of being invited by Barbara Orser (Deloitte Professor in the Management of Growth Enterprises at uOttawa Telfer School of Management) who organized a briefing with the former Liberal Party of Canada Leadership Candidate and past astronaut. Assembled were a dazzling collection of women experts on the state of Canadian women in technology, law, management and small business, who advised Garneau on much needed strategies to make women a centerpiece of a vibrant Canadian digital and global economy.
On Tuesday, May 11, from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM, the ISSP and the RCIS will host an expert panel discussion on AI and machine learning.
Will AI and machine learning augment or replace human creativity? How do we teach creativity to the next generation in a world of AI and machine learning? And how do we ensure teaching creativity and innovation in this world remains inclusive?
On Thursday, May 27, at 12:00 PM, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy will host Prof. Handan Tezel, Faculty Affiliate, ISSP and Full Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Enginnering, Faculty of Enginnering, uOttawa, to discuss how we can capture carbon dioxide from combustion gases or from air and recycle it back to make fuels and other useful chemicals, instead of releasing it into the atmosphere.
On November 15 2011, the University of Ottawa was pleased to present the thirteenth annual Frontiers in Research Lectures. Developed in partnership with the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy, the theme of the 2011 conference was Our Post-Human Future.
On September 30, 2011, the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) hosted Synthetic Biology at the Interface of Science and Policy in order to promote discussion and questions.
Hosted by the ISSP, this high-level meeting brought together various leaders from the public, private, academic and NGO sectors to discuss the creation of a Canadian node of the International Risk Governance Council.
Presented by Dr. Achim Walter (ISSP Fellow in Residence for 2010-2011 and Professor and Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel) and Dr. Sandra Schillo (Founder of Innovation Impact, Inc.), this talk highlighted strategic and managerial issues in technology-based new ventures originating in publicly funded research organizations. The talk was followed by an informal discussion.
From Monday, May 31 to Thursday, June 3, 2021, Positive Energy will host a virtual conference exploring the roles and responsibilities between and among public authorities making decisions about Canada's energy future in an age of climate change. The conference will convene senior leaders from business, government, Indigenous communities, civil society and the academy for a series of virtual, interactive, 1-hour sessions.
Congratulations to Prof. Stefanie Haustein, Faculty Affiliate of the ISSP and Assistant Professor, Department of Information Studies, Faculty of Arts, uOttawa, recipient of the Faculty of Arts Researcher of the Year Award!