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Thursday, November 26 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Science Without Boundaries / Sciences sans frontières

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« La science n’a pas de patrie, parce que le savoir est le patrimoine de l’humanité. » – Louis (Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity.)

Science has become increasingly globalized as research programs become ever-more sophisticated and ambitious. The Human Genome Project (HGP), the International Space Station (ISS), CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) – these are just a few of the major research endeavours that require the expertise and collaboration of thousands of scientists from every corner of the world.

While the scale and cost alone of these projects often necessitate international cooperation, this globalized approach comes with innumerable scientific, social, and economic benefits. It can accelerate the pace of scientific and technological advances, lower costs, and facilitate the sharing of data and resources. It has an egalitarian effect, providing opportunities to countries that may not otherwise have access to top facilities and resources, and promoting collaboration between nations that might otherwise be separated by political or social differences

The goals of Big Science projects are driven by fundamental curiosities; the powerful applications and intersections with other disciplines are discernible.  How can other disciplines and sectors become involved in these conversations at an early stage?

How does the continued internationalization of science, particularly regarding shared investments in state-of-the-art research infrastructure, align with the 2014 Federal STI Strategy? How does Canada demonstrate accountability for its participation in Big Science projects? How can Canada maximize the benefits of its participation, formal and informal, in major scientific collaborations, both at home and around the world? Does it make sense to consider a national framework for formally engaging and funding these collaborations?

The pace and process for political decision-making varies from country to country. Are clearer roadmaps needed internationally? How can Canada maintain its vitality in science without boundaries?

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Andrew Potter

Editor, The Ottawa Citizen
I am the Editor at The Ottawa Citizen.  I'm a newspaperman more or less by accident. I have a PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto, and I was a professor of philosophy from 2001 to 2004 at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. From 2005-2011 I was a public aff... Read More →

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Jonathan Bagger

Director / Former Interim Vice-Provost, TRIUMF, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Jonathan Bagger was elected Director of TRIUMF effective July 1st, 2014. Prior to his role at TRIUMF, he was appointed Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs at Johns Hopkins University for six years. A faculty member since 1989, he spent a third of his time as Krieger-Eisenhower... Read More →
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Robert Crow

Executive in Residence, Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), University of Waterloo
Robert E. (Bob) Crow is an experienced public policy and technology industry leader, currently serving as Executive in Residence at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), University of Waterloo. Bob's career includes lengthy service in the private, Non-Governmental Organization... Read More →
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Mark Dietrich

President and CEO, Compute Canada
Mark Dietrich is Compute Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer. He is an entrepreneurial leader with decades of executive management experience, and a proven track record of building and transforming organizations, increasing revenues, and maximizing organizational effectiveness... Read More →
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Heather Douglas

Waterloo Chair in Science and Society and Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy,, University of Waterloo
Heather Douglas is the Waterloo Chair in Science and Society and Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She received her Ph.D. from the History and Philosophy of Science Department at the University of Pittsburgh in 1998... Read More →

Thursday November 26, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm EST
Joliet-Frontenac (level C)

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