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Wednesday, November 25 • 8:30am - 3:00pm
Science Policy Nuts and Bolts / Les rouages de la politique scientifique

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What is Science Policy? Always wondered but were too afraid to ask? Think you have all the answers? Then this workshop is for you. Whether you prefer “from bench to bedside”, “mind to market”, “knowledge to action”, or any other buzzy phrase, we can all agree that the need to translate and mobilize new ideas and scientific knowledge into useful applications is a growing pressure among researchers, funding agencies, and policy makers. Together we will break down ways to think about the influence of science on the policy-making process, and concepts for how policy can influence the scientific research enterprise.

You will gain an understanding of how science policy works by getting to know the policy toolkit (your nuts and bolts!) and by exploring the positions and competing interests of the stakeholders in a real-life case study. We will finish with a career panel consisting of professionals who ended up in science policy through very different avenues.

We welcome curious thinkers from all background, whether in sciences, engineering, public policy, business, communications, arts or something else entirely. If you have interest in science policy, this workshop is the place for you to share and expand your knowledge, build skills, and meet interesting people in the world of science policy.  


8:30        Introduction/Overview of day (Jeff Kinder)

8:45        Ice Breaker (All)

9:00        Introduction to Science Policy (Jeff Kinder)

9:30        Policy for Science (Marcius Extavour)

10:30      Health Break

10:45      Science for Policy (Jeff Kinder)

12:15      Lunch (networking)

1:00        Science Policy Exercise – Lake Eutrophication (Silke Nebel)

The problem: An excess of phosphorus in our waters leads to eutrophication, which means that in the summer months, part of the Great Lakes are covered in a mat of toxic green algae. Not only does this green mat suffocate fish and other organisms living in the lakes, it also makes swimming, sailing, or any other form of recreational activity impossible. Oh, and sometimes the drinking water supply of whole municipalities relying on the Great Lakes has to be shut down.

The federal governments of the US and Canada have therefore decided to reduce phosphate content in the Lake Erie (usually the lake with the worst water quality because it is so shallow) by 40%. Which is a very laudable step. They have not, however, indicated, how this goal is going to be achieved.

This is where you come in. Who do you think are the stakeholders here? And how can this issue be solved?

2:00        Career Panel (Moderator: Jeff Kinder)

  •  Dr. Marcius Extavour, Director of Technical Operations, NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE
  • Prof. Rees Kassen, University Research Chair in Experimental Evolution, University of Ottawa
  • Dr. Silke Nebel, Principal, Science to Action Consulting
  • Miguel Rodrigues, Economic Officer, U.S. Embassy in Ottawa
  • Valerie LaTraverse, Deputy Director, Policy Research, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

3:00        Wrap-up / Evaluation form (Jeff Kinder)




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Marcius Extavour

Director of Technical Operations, NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE Energy & Environment group at, XPRIZE
Marcius Extavour is a leader working at the intersection of science, technology, policy, and public engagement. His primary interests are the social, policy, and technology approaches to clean and sustainable energy systems, as well as the quantum technologies of the future. He has... Read More →
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Rees Kassen

University of Ottawa, Full Professor and University Research Chair in Experimental Evolution
Dr. Rees Kassen is Full Professor and University Research Chair in Experimental Evolution at the University of Ottawa. He is known internationally for his integrative approach to the study of biodiversity and pioneering work using microbes to study evolutionary and ecological processes... Read More →
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Jeff Kinder

Director, Federal Science and Technology Secretariat
Jeff has over 26 years of experience in government science and S&T policy in the US and Canada.  His US experience includes the National Science Foundation, the National Academies, and the Naval Research Laboratory.  In Canada, Jeff has worked at Industry Canada, Natural Resources... Read More →

Valerie LaTraverse

Deputy Director, Policy Research and Outreach, Global Affairs Canada
Valérie La Traverse has worked on science, technology and innovation–related policy, business development and outreach for Global Affairs Canada (formerly Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development) for the past twelve years. She currently is Deputy Director, Foreign... Read More →
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Miguel C. Rodrigues

Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
Dr. Miguel Rodrigues is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. Currently posted to the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, his portfolio includes health, the Arctic, science and technology, and innovation. He served on the Policy Planning Staff under Secretaries Clinton... Read More →

CSPC2015 Team
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Silke Nebel

Principal, Science to Action Consulting
Silke has 15 years of experience in the front lines of science, first as a graduate student and then as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Assistant Professor, working out of at major research institutes in Canada, Panama, the Netherlands, and Australia. Silke has published more than... Read More →

Wednesday November 25, 2015 8:30am - 3:00pm EST
Ballroom A/B (ground floor)

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