Science Advice in a Troubled World

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 12:00pm
Event Type: 
Canadian Science Policy Lecture Series


Desmarais Building (DMS 4101) - University of Ottawa
55 Laurier Avenue East
K1N6N5 Ottawa , ON
Phone: 613-562-5800 x 3911

It is with great pleasure that the Canadian Science Policy Centre (CSPC) announces the inauguration of the Canadian Science Policy Lecture Series:
"Science Advice in a Troubled World"

By: Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand

Host: Institute of Science Society and Policy, ISSP

The world is facing many challenges from environmental degradation and climate change to global health issues, and many more.  Societal relationships are changing; sources of information, reliable and otherwise, and their transmission are affecting the nature of public policy.
Within this context the question arises; how can scientific advice to governments help address these emerging issues in a more unstable and uncertain world?
The relationship between science and politics is complex and the challenges at their interface are growing. What does scientific advice mean within this context?
How can science better inform policy where decision making is increasingly made against a background of post-truth polemic? 

Sir Peter Gluckman, chief science advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand and Chair of the International Network of Government Science Advice will give his perspective on these questions.

CSPC had the honour of hosting Sir Peter Gluckman at CSPC 2015, you can watch the videos of his speech and interview:
Sir Gluckman Keynote Speech at CSPC 2015
Sir Gluckman interview with Mehrdad Hariri at CSPC2015

CSPC Lecture Series Host

The inaugural session will be hosted by the University of Ottawa's Institute for Science Society and Policy (ISSP). Launched  in 2010, the ISSP carries out research, teaching and public outreach on the relationship between society and science, innovation and technology. The ISSP is managed by a multidisciplinary group of professors from the faculties of Arts, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Science and Social Science. Its activities span science and innovation policy, evidence-based decision-making, and technology and risk governance.

Host Lecture Series

Would you like to be the host of CSPC Lecture Series?

The CSPC's Science Policy Lecture Series, to be held across the country, is intended to stimulate a deeper conversation on a wide range of issues where science and society intersect. We invite organizations around the country who wish to host any of our lecture series to contact us: at with the subject line Science Policy Lecture Series.