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Wednesday, November 1 • 15:00 - 16:30
307 – Contested Decisions: The role of boundary organizations/ Décisions contestées : le rôle des organisations-frontières
Panel Organizer: Marc Saner, Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa

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Panel Organizer: Marc SanerInstitute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa

It has been argued that we not only live in a "post-truth" environment, but also in a "post-normal science" world.   Post-normal science is characterized by both high system uncertainty and high stakes.  In this situation, achieving evidence-based decisions is often elusive because political values become dominant.  The question arises of how to manage the "science/policy interface" within this challenging environment.  Boundary organizations such as university institutes and think-tanks claim to be particularly relevant in this context.  Can they possibly deliver in a world characterized by high complexity and low trust?  And if yes, how?

Moderators
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Sonia L’Heureux

Parliamentary Librarian, Library of Parliament
Sonia L’Heureux was appointed Parliamentary Librarian on June 21, 2012. As Parliamentary Librarian, she oversees the management of the Library and reports to the Speakers of the Senate and the House of Commons who are responsible for directing and controlling the Library of Parliament. Prior to this, Ms... Read More →

Speakers
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Frédéric Bouchard

President, ACFAS (Association francophone pour le savoir)
Élu pour un mandat de deux ans, le président de l’Acfas est Frédéric Bouchard. Titulaire d’un doctorat en philosophie de Duke University, il s’intéresse principalement aux fondements théoriques de la biologie évolutionnaire et de l’écologie ainsi qu’au rapport entre science et... Read More →
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Karen Dodds

Former Assistant Deputy Minister, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Dr. Karen Dodds was the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Science and Technology Branch at Environment Canada from 2011 to 2016. In this position, she oversaw a large branch with activities, labs and scientists across Canada. From risk assessments of specific chemicals, to Canada... Read More →
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Johannes Klumpers

Head of Unit, Scientific Advice Mechanism, European Commission
Head of Scientific Advice Mechanism Unit, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission Johannes Klumpers heads the recently created Scientific Advice Mechanism Unit (SAM) of the European Commission. The unit provides the secretariats for the Commission’s High Level Group of Scientific Advisors as well as the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE), and develops policies on research integrity. A German national, Dr. Klumpers studied forestry and wood technology and obtained his Ph.D. from the French Ecole Nationale du... Read More →
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Marc Saner

Professor, University of Ottawa
Marc Saner is a Professor at the University of Ottawa, Canada (Geography, cross-appointed at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the Institute for Science, Society and Policy). His interests are the science/policy interface, the governance of emerging technologies, and environmental risk, ethics and governance. He recently built the new Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa as the Inaugural Director and formerly held managing positions at the Council of Canadian Academies, Carleton... Read More →


Wednesday November 1, 2017 15:00 - 16:30
ROOM 209 Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2

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