This Week in Science Policy

By: The Science & Policy Exchange Team

September 27, 2018

Here are our top picks for this week in science policy!

  1. Government of Canada makes transformative $70M investment in agricultural science: 
    Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced details for a $70M investment, over 5 years to address significant environmental challenges pertaining to agricultural research. This investment will also aid in hiring over 75 scientists and science professionals in emerging fields of agricultural science. Furthermore, Minister MacAulay also announced a new Living Laboratories initiative, an integrated approach that aims to bring farmers, scientists and various stake holders together to help advance agricultural science and research. A dedicated amount of $10M is said to support this collaborative initiative. To read more, click on the title. 
  2. Science Advisor Appointed to the National Research Council:
    Dr.Daniel Wayner has been appointed as the first Science Advisor and Chief Science Officer of the National Research Council (NRC). During his three year mandate, Dr.Wayner will work in close collaboration with Canada's Chief Science Advisor, Dr.Mona Nemer and a network of science advisors from other departments and agencies. To know quick facts about Dr.Wayner click on the title. 

  3. Canada’s top young scientists bring their award-winning projects to Parliament Hill:
    At the second annual Prime Minister's Science Fair, close to 40 students between ages 10 and 18 presented their projects at Parliament Hill. The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau and the Minister of Science and Sports, Kirsty Duncan attended the fair. The science fair, which is organized in collaboration with the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, is a unique opportunity to celebrate Canada's brightest youth in STEM and to engage and inspire other Canadians across the country. To read more about this year's fair, clink on the title. 

  4. Environment, Oceans and Energy Ministers ready to take action on our oceans and seas:
    Canada and its G7 partners recognize the need for urgent action to address the devastating impacts that plastic pollution and marine litter, over exploitation of fish stocks, and extreme weather events have on the health and sustainability of our oceans, seas, coastal communities and entire ecosystems. During the G7 summit, ministers discussed ways to address critical issues such as; reducing plastic pollution, supporting sustainable oceans and fisheries by combating illegal fishing and increasing our ocean knowledge by expanding global observation efforts. To know more about these issues and the outcome of the G7 summit, click on the title. 
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  5. Looking at Science through a magnifying glass:
    Many ideas about people, policies and resources that influence the course of science are still ingrained in traditions and intuitions than in evidence. As Brad Wible, senior commentary editor of Science magazine says in his introduction to the article "We must do better, lest we resign ourselves to intuition-based policy when making decisions and investments aimed at driving scientific progress". In this article, Science has curated key aspects that highlight important ventures that are yielding to empirical investigations. With many researchers, experiments and journals now coming under scrutiny for lack of evidence or replication, this article points to various aspects that can help improve this. To read more click on the title. 

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