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Thursday, November 2 • 13:30 - 15:00
314 – Science at Risk (45 minutes) / La science en danger (45 minutes)
Panel Organizer: Viviana Fernandez, Human Rights Research and Education Centre University of Ottawa

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Panel Organizer: Viviana FernandezHuman Rights Research and Education Centre University of Ottawa

The importance of science and its contributions to informing public policy have been challenged in recent years. There has been an erosion of the “position of science” in policy debates and the replacement of evidence-based policies with populist ideologies on political platforms in developed and developing countries alike. From the firing of Turkish academics, to the U.S. travel bans which call into question the value placed on foreign scholars, students and researchers, to incidents of hate speech and structural racism affecting immigrants, members of the LGBTQ community, religious minorities, people with disabilities, women, etc., scientists are facing an increasing level of risk to conduct their work. These actions are dampening the international nature of science by effectively limiting the participation of a significant number of colleagues in different fields whose contributions risk being absent from scientific debates going forward. Faced with global challenges like food and energy security or climate change, the scientific community needs to make the case for the role of science in policy, reflecting science as a public good.

Since higher education is a global endeavour, there is an opportunity for Canadian institutions to recruit global talent and benefit from their expertise. To this end, are there strategic areas in which Canada should focus on to respond to our future challenges? How can we ensure that researchers and students can work to their full potential in Canada? What can Canada do to counter some of the most dangerous trends? What are the risks of not acting to ensure openness, transparency and the free-flow of ideas and people? 

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Viviana Fernandez

Assistant Director, Human Rights Research and Education Centre
Viviana Fernandez is the Assistant Director at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa. She represents the University of Ottawa in the Scholars at Risk (SAR) Network and was elected to the Steering Committee of the SAR Canada Section in 2016 and to the... Read More →

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Fayyaz Baqir

University of McGill
Fayyaz Baqir has just completed a stay as visiting scholar on Gender, State and Civil Society Relations at the Department of Cultural Sciences of the Gothenburg University, Sweden. During 2014/15, he taught and researched on human rights and informal justice at the School of European... Read More →
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Philip Landon

VP Governance and Programs, Universities Canada
Philip Landon is vice president, governance and programs at Universities Canada. He is responsible for the association’s corporate and governance framework and serves as secretary to the Board of Directors. He also leads the publications (including University Affairs), and programs... Read More →
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Joyce Pisarello

Senior Program Officer, Membership and Outreach, Scholars at Risk
Joyce Pisarello is a Senior Program Officer for Membership and University Relations at Scholars at Risk.  Her work involves managing network relationships and connecting member institutions to SAR’s programming. Prior to joining SAR Joyce worked in public policy as a research associate... Read More →

Thursday November 2, 2017 13:30 - 15:00
ROOM 210 Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2

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