Person: Dr Mona Nemer

Q&A: Mona Nemer on the future of science advice in Canada

At the beginning of her third term as Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Mona Nemer reflects on the role her office has played during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as new directions where she would like to take her renewed mandate.

New science advice network established for French-speaking nations

The International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) has launched a forum for sharing science advice across the francophone world. Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Quebec, and Mona Nemer, Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, will represent Canada on the steering committee.

The pandemic pushed open science forward in Canada, but the gains have been modest

The COVID-19 pandemic has been called a “stress test” for open science — one that, by most accounts, it passed. The sharing of new scientific knowledge and data about the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its impacts has been fast and furious. But not all experts are convinced that open will become the new norm for science in Canada. At least, not yet. 

CanCOVID model could transform how research responds to future crises

COVID-19 has brought about new models of research coordination and knowledge mobilization that could endure long after the pandemic subsides. One of those models is CanCOVID—a virtual network where researchers, clinicians and healthcare professionals can communicate with each other in real time, and with industry and policymakers. Launched by Canada’s Departmental Science Advisor Network, it could transform Canada’s response to future crises.