Evidence for Democracy presents:
An expert panel on the health of public-interest science in CanadaWhen: October 10th, 2013; 7pm-9pm
Where: University of Ottawa, Demarais 12102 (map)
What: Panel discussion with Dr. Patrick Fafard, Michael Halpern , Dr. Rees Kassen and author Chris Turner.
We will be live streaming the event. Please check back at this page to watch the event from home.
It is an interesting time for science in Canada. The government maintains that it has supported science more than any previous government, yet the scientific community has become increasingly vocal in their concerns about cuts to science funding, about reduced capacity of government science, and restrictions on the ability of government scientists to communicate with the public and media.
On the eve of the release of award-winning author Chris Turner ‘s new book “The War on Science: Muzzled Scientists and Wilful Blindness in Stephen Harper's Canada”, Evidence for Democracy is bringing together an expert panel to discuss a number of critical issues affecting the health of public-interest science in Canada. These issues include
- What restrictions ought to be placed on government scientists in communicating their research findings to the public?
- How should scarce public resources be allocated in the research pipeline, from basic research to technology innovation and commercialization?
- How should scientific evidence be used in decision-making?
Panelists include:Chris Turner, award-winning Canadian Author and journalist. Author of the bestsellers, "The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need" and "The Great Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy".
Michael Halpern, Program Manager for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Dr. Rees Kassen, Professor of Biology and University Research Chair in Experimental Evolution at the University of Ottawa, Co-chair of the Global Young Academy and former chair of the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE).
Dr. Patrick Fafard, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, member of the University's Institute for Science, Society and Policy and formerly served as a senior public servant for both the federal and provincial governments.