Science Policy Seminars

October 20, 2015

12:30 - 1:30 pm

Physics Seminar Room P8445.2

Everyone is welcome to attend this free lecture series that explores the impact of science policy in Canada. Presenters are Adam Holbrook, P.Eng, Adjunct Professor in SFU's School of Communication and Associate Director of the Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology (CPROST) and Brian Wixted, Ph.D., research fellow of CPROST and Adjunct Professor at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan.

Please confirm your attendance by emailing Professor Holbrook jholbrook@sfu.ca

October 6

  • What is science policy? Current science policy issues in Canada
  • What has Canada's long-term science policy been?
  • Why is it important to students? Research funding vs. PhD production
  • The election: party positions

October 20

  • The result of the election (!)
  • Parliament and science policy debates; question period

November 3

  • Science (and technology) policy successes and failures
  • The role of federal (and provincial) scientists in providing input for evidence-based policy initiatives
  • Should employee scientists be required to respect publication and speaking bans?

November 17

  • Grand challenges of science policy - climate change, sustainability, public health
  • Who should decide what science gets funded?
  • Science performance metrics

December 1

  • Topics discussed at the Canadian Science Policy Conference, Nov 25-27
  • Brief introduction to Science Technology Studies - a wider vision of the context of science in the world
  • Knowledge mobilization

December 4

  • Possible site visit

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