Three milestones — a scientific protest march, a science advisor’s reappointment, and a telescope’s “first light” — reveal the changing face of science in the policy realm.
Person: Mona Nemer
The Standing Committee on Science and Research this week tabled its first report, which recommends greater integration of federal granting council activity and a focus on investing in the people who participate in scientific enterprises.
Global leaders in science advice and science diplomacy will come together next week in Montreal to discuss how to “Build Back Wiser” after the COVID-19 pandemic. Research Money spoke with Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Quebec, about how the pandemic has shaped science advisory systems globally, and how INGSA2021 could contribute to creating stronger and more dynamic ties between scientists and policymakers.
Ottawa invests $80 million to position Canada as a cyber security leader, German and Canadian institutes partner on material acceleration centre, the third Arctic Science Ministerial promotes Arctic science collaboration and Indigenous research priorities, and more.
Canada is participating in a series of expert stakeholder roundtables with France and the UK to identify new opportunities for collaboration to bolster each country’s economy while meeting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
After decades of neglect, the government is making a 25-year commitment to renew aging federal science labs, and encourage more collaboration with industry and academia.
The Canadian Space Agency signed the Artemis Accords, solidifying partnerships in space exploration and Statistics Canada has a new classification tool to improve research statistics and development contributions.
The COVID-19 Immunity Task Force will study the prevalence of COVID-19 antibodies among Canadians over 50 years old; Dr. Mona Nemer is appointed to a second term as Chief Science Officer, and digital health technology continues to accelerate in Canada.
Science advisors play essential players in the discourse around evidence and data to inform decision-making, especially during the pandemic. Here is a sketch of the key Canadian science advisors over the past decades.
Anti-science conspiracies and attitudes are waxing, not waning. The federal government must send a powerful signal to Canadians that it is following the best advice to chart a path through the pandemic.