Science and Society 2013: Emerging Agendas for Citizens and the Sciences

University of Ottawa
October 21-23, 2013

The Institute for Science, Society and Policy was pleased to present Science and Society 2013: Emerging Agendas for Citizens and the Sciences between October 21-23, 2013, organized in collaboration with the Situating Science Strategic Knowledge Cluster.

Science and technology shape our world. They present great promise but they are also the source of much controversy and social anxiety. Like never before, there is a need for broad and informed discussion of science and technology and their place in our society.

Yet the communities that engage in, benefit from, and seek to understand science and technology are often disconnected. Their shared interests are often misunderstood, and their common goals overlooked. This disconnect not only impoverishes our grasp of science and technology and their social implications but can also have negative consequences for the public good.

Science and Society 2013aimed at connecting these communities to uncover common goals, competing concerns and the possibility of joint strategies. It involved and reached out to practitioners from various sectors, academics of diverse disciplines and an increasingly interested public. At its broadest level it explored the relationships between public policy, scientific research and the study of science itself – including but limited to how these inform one another.

The symposium had two different yet entwined components: an academic component involving scholars, scientists, students and public servants; and a public component designed for a truly broad audience and potentially involving additional collaborators.

The uniqueness of the symposium consisted in its aim to provide recommendations on how to envision and improve the science-society interface. As part of their involvement in the event, all speakers and participants were asked to address the following question: How can we understand and improve the interplay between science and society, and improve science policies for the future?

On the basis of the debate and answers, a results document was created.

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