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.
PhD Candidate in Biochemistry, specializing in Human and Molecular Genetics, University of Ottawa
My team at the Ottawa Science Policy Network (OSPN) and I had the opportunity to join this year's Bromley Memorial Lecture as student participants. This is a joint event featuring trainees and professors interested in science policy at the University of Ottawa (uOttawa) and George Washington University (GWu). After hosting this event virtually the last 2 years due to the pandemic, this was our first event back in-person at uOttawa.
This blog summarizes the Keynote Lecture by Chief Science Advisor of Canada, Dr. Mona Nemer, at the 2022 Bromley Memorial Event. It focused on the complex role of science advice in informing policy, Canada-US science relations, the evolution of science policy advice and the role of young scientists.
Research Director, ISSP & Positive Energy, uOttawa
Climate change is a daunting policy challenge, where decision-makers must respond to a high-uncertainty and high-risk problem in an environment featuring a diverse multitude of stakeholders and deep-seated ideological controversy. In this situation, making policy decisions based on the best available science is often considered a desirable objective. But empirical studies – including Positive Energy research – have identified the flaws of this technocratic model of policymaking. The link between science and policy is complex, shaped by politics, and coloured by decision-makers’ worldviews. Two Positive Energy studies examine these complexities in greater depth and reveal ways to promote consensus about Canada’s energy future in an age of climate change.
On Thursday, March 31, at 12:00 PM, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy hosted 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.
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 Tuesday, February 8, from 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM, RCIScience and the Institute for Science, Society, and Policy were happy to host a panel discussing 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 Wednesday, June 15th 2022, from 8:30AM to 5PM, the ISSP and Positive Energy will host a conference featuring a variety of speakers and industry representatives to discuss the findings of our latest research. This conference will be held in person at the University of Ottawa and offered virtually.
New survey results from Positive Energy and Nanos Research evaluate Canadians' appetite to meet established climate commitments, whether it is the right time for Canada to be ambitious in addressing climate change and drivers of views on timing to address climate change. It also evaluates Canada's international credibility on environmental policies.Canada's international credibility on environmental policies.
A new study from the University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy program examines the work of the Ecofiscal Commission of Canada, an organization that aimed to depoliticize the debate about carbon pricing in Canada by using one specific tool: infusing the debate with non-partisan, academically rigorous research and evidence.
This Positive Energy study explores limits to consensus-building on energy and climate—specifically limits that flow from partisan politics. It identifies key drivers and events that have contributed to the polarization of certain energy and climate issues along partisan lines, and offers advice for decision-makers looking to navigate polarized contexts on the way to net zero by 2050.
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.