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 Thursday, July 22nd 2021, at 11 AM, the Science and Policy Exchange, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP), National Research Council (NRC) and the International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA) will be hosting a science diplomacy event to introduce early-career scientists to real global science-policy issues and to guide them through various evidence-informed policy scenarios.
From Monday, May 31 to Thursday, June 3, 2021, Positive Energy hosted 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 convened senior leaders from business, government, Indigenous communities, civil society and the academy for a series of online, interactive, 1-hour sessions.
On Thursday, May 27, at 12:00 PM, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy hosted 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 Tuesday, May 11, from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM, the ISSP and the RCIS hosted 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, April 29, at 12:00 PM, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy hosted Prof. Mariam Humayun, Faculty Affiliate, ISSP and Assistant Professor, Marketing, Telfer School of Management, uOttawa, to discuss the emergence and resilience of Bitcoin.
On Thursday, April 15, 2021, at 4:30 PM, The Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa and the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy at the George Washington University were delighted to host Sethuraman Panchanathan, the Director of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), as part of the 2021 Bromley Memorial Event.
Interview by Prof. Marc Saner, Inaugural Director and Core Member of the ISSP, with Elizabeth Seger, PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge and a Student Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence on knowledge, on the risk of the 'War on Science' metaphor, and what can happen when the mechanisms for how we 'know' things falls apart.