Chief Science Adviser highlights Canada’s role in science diplomacy at G7

By: Sam Garnett

May 25, 2018

Canada will host the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Quebec in June, where science and technology is sure to be key part of the conversation. Chief Science Adviser Mona Nemer wrote an editorial for Science Magazine highlighting Canada’s call to represent science policy and science diplomacy at the summit, where topics include oceans, sustainability, and climate change.

From the article:

“The G7 summit themes range from climate change and ocean sustainability to preparing for the jobs of the future while ensuring a peaceful and secure world. All of them require quality data, special infrastructure, and coherent multi-institutional and multinational approaches. Although these issues will occupy the work of Canada's minister of science and the Office of the Chief Science Advisor, they are not unique to Canada or to any other country. All the more reason, then, that the international science community should encourage sharing of best practices and the development of universally accepted principles for research governance. Using and benefiting from major science initiatives and facilities should not be confined within national borders. Increased international access to highly specialized facilities, such as telescopes, cyclotrons, and Arctic research stations, should be supported through proper resources and mobility programs. Such efforts will promote international collaboration and accelerate discovery and innovation. This can be a cornerstone for international relations.”

SPE recently held an event in Montreal focused on the role of students in science diplomacy and are excited to see the growing attention this topic is garnering. If you want to know more, stay tuned to our website and social media, where we will be posting the videos of our panel discussions featuring some excellent speakers from the world of #SciDip.

Read Mona Nemer’s full editorial at Science Mag here