What will be the plan after the pandemic is managed? Who will show the necessary leadership and how will citizens participate meaningfully? Will we see more effective national coordination on research, innovation and health strategies? Can we become technologically sovereign with vaccines, medical devices and equipment while maintaining our global science outreach? Will we go beyond the mere rhetoric of being prepared for the next global emergency?
Author: Prof. Jennifer Wallner and Prof. Patrick Leblond
Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, uOttawa
Faculty Affiliate, ISSP
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and CN – Paul M. Tellier Chair on Business and Public Policy, uOttawa
On August 17, we convened health, education and economic experts on The Benefits & Challenges of Sending Children Back to School webinar, to discuss the benefits and challenges of sending children back to school in person this fall. We wanted to bring together a wider range of people who rarely have the occasion to speak face to face. Here’s what we found out.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and spread across the world, so will its disproportionate impact on refugees. With the majority of refugees coming from Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Somalia, South Sudan, and Myanmar, they are among the world’s most vulnerable populations and are facing unimaginable hardships and barriers to keep safe from the coronavirus.
Full Professor, Political Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa
East Asia presents a remarkable picture in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Taken as a whole, this region is the least affected in the world in terms of mortality rates attributed to the infection. One could add to China, Japan, the two Koreas, Vietnam, and Taiwan, the cases in Australia and New Zealand, as well as countries that have been spared so far on other continents. It is important to draw attention to the East Asian countries, with their varying economic conditions, to see what lessons can be learned.
On Thursday, April 29, at 12:00 PM, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy will host Prof. Mariam Humayun, Faculty Affiliate, ISSP and Assistant Professor, Marketing, Telfer School of Management, uOttawa, to discuss the emergence and resilience of Bitcoin.
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.
The Institute for Science, Society and Policy and the Royal Canadian Institute for Science was delighted to host the first panel of the third year of the ISSP-RCIScience Lecture Series. The series focusses on the impact of emerging science and technology on society.
The ISSP was delighted to invite you to a talk by Michael Carolan, Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Affairs for the College of Liberal Arts at the Colorado State University and the 2019 - 2020 Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Science and Society at the ISSP.
On Monday, October 7 2019, Positive Energy hosted a major national conference in Ottawa to examine and address polarization in Canadian politics, in particular its effects on energy decision-making, to share the results of cutting-edge research and engagement on polarization, and to identify promising avenues to address it. A marquee line-up of speakers from the energy, environmental, Indigenous, government, industry and academic sectors focused on these crucial issues for the future of Canada.
The ISSP and the Department of History of the University of Ottawa were delighted to host Professor Stathis Arapostathis from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
The talk focused on the politics of expertise and the co-production of sociotechnical imaginaries, expertise identities, and public policies in agriculture, as they relate to the use of fertilizers and water management in Greece between 1945 - 2010.
The ISSP was delighted to host Professor Sergio Sismondo from Queen's University. Entitled Big Pharma's Invisible hands, the talk explored the mechanisms by which pharmaceutical industry manufactures supply and demand for pharmaceuticals.
Hidden from public view, many invisible hands of the pharmaceutical industry channel streams of drug information and knowledge from contract research organizations (that extract data from experimental bodies) to publication planners (who produce ghostwritten medical journal articles) to key opinion leaders (who are sent out to educate physicians about drugs).
Congratulations to Jackie Dawson, Core Member and Canada Research Chair in Environment, Society and Policy at the ISSP uOttawa, recipient of the 2020 SSHRC Impact Connection Award for her climate change research.
How has COVID-19 affected Canadians' attitudes towards climate action? The sense of urgency appears to be trending up. Nik Nanos returns to the podcast to discuss results from the latest Positive Energy/Nanos quarterly tracking survey, including the appetite for climate ambition and levels of public trust in different information sources.