Former ISSP Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Science and Society
Scholar of Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics
In April, the United Nations will hold meetings in Geneva for the third year in a row on the call to ban lethal autonomous weapons systems (AWS). This meeting and follow-up activities offer a unique opportunity for Canada and its new government to internationally assert moral leadership. While there is an emerging consensus that any short-term benefits of AWS systems will be dwarfed by detrimental longer-term impacts, forging an arms-control agreement to restrict their use will be difficult.
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?
On Thursday, September 30, at 12:00 PM, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy will host a panel to discuss the successes and failures of COVID governance and what they mean for trust in expertise and public sector decision-making over the longer term.
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.
Prof. Monica Gattinger was an invited speaker at the event A Conversation on Climate and Energy, alongside Jason Bordoff, Lourdes Melgar, and Meghan O'Sullivan. The event was organized by the Trilateral Commission.
Congratulations to Professor Catherine Mavriplis, Faculty Affiliate of the ISSP and Full Professor, Faculty of Engineering, uOttawa, for receiving the 2021 Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession from Engineers Canada.
In a new research study, undertaken in collaboration with CAMPUT (Canada’s Energy and Utility Regulators), Positive Energy Senior Research Associate Dr. Patricia Larkin analyzes the benefits, barriers, trade-offs, and success factors for regulatory innovation in two vital areas: relationships between policymakers and regulators, and regulators’ public engagement processes.
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) invited an informal working group of some 40 thought-leaders to identify potential developments over the next 10 to 15 years that would be significant for Canada, including Prof. Monica Gattinger, Director of the ISSP and Positive Energy Chair. The final report, On the horizon: Several perspectives on Canada's technology future - 2030–35, is now out.