Illuminating Science Lecture Series

October 16, 2017 @ 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Prairie Room, Diefenbaker Building, University of Saskatchewan campus Video conferenced to Room 210, 2 Research Drive, University of Regina campus    Watch the video

Nuclear projects are controversial, making them difficult to manage because of complex stakeholder concerns. It is not enough for nuclear new build projects to have a robust design and solid business plan - nuclear proponents also need to develop social intelligence to be successful at stakeholder engagement. The nuclear sector’s public outreach method has traditionally relied on a “deficit model” of communication, which, as evidence has shown, is largely ineffective and can even backfire. This presentation synthesized some of the best available social science research, whilst offering practical advice about how nuclear proponents can make the shift toward an “engagement model” for communications and outreach.

Presented by: Kirsty Gogan
Co-Founder, Global Director, Energy for Humanity

Kirsty Gogan is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Energy for Humanity (EFH), an NGO working to meet the goal of universal access to clean and cheap energy. Ms. Gogan is an internationally sought-after advisor to Governments, industry, academic networks and non-profit organizations, including at 10 Downing St, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change. She led the national public consultation into the UK’s nuclear new build programme, created the Low Carbon Alliance between the nuclear, carbon capture and renewables industries and helped found the UK chapter of Women in Nuclear.

June 13, 2017 @ 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Prairie Room, Diefenbaker Building, University of Saskatchewan campus

This presentation mapped the social forces that twist science and explore how they influence the representation of science in laboratory, the research institutions and, finally, in the popular press. While this is not a new phenomenon, it is arguably becoming both more common and more problematic. Indeed, in this era of fake news, predatory journals and alternative facts, it is becoming increasingly difficult to separate good science from bad. This has heightened the need for trusted sources of information, including universities, to play a larger role.

Presented by:

Timothy Caulfield, FRSC, FCAHS
Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, Professor and Trudeau Fellow, Faculty of Law and School of Public Health, Research Director, Health Law Institute, University of Alberta

Timothy Caulfield conducts interdisciplinary research on topics including stem cells, genetics, research ethics, and the public representations of science and health policy issues. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Trudeau Foundation and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, has published over 300 academic articles and is the recipient of numerous academic awards.

Caulfield writes frequently for the popular press and is the author of two recent national bestsellers: The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness (Penguin 2012) and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash (Penguin 2015).

CSIP Lecture Series

October 11, 2017 @ 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Prairie Room, Diefenbaker Building, University of Saskatchewan campus Video conferenced to Room 210, 2 Research Drive, University of Regina campus

The use of genetically modified organisms in agricultural and food production is a highly debated topic. For developing countries, like Tanzania, using science and genetic engineering to manage diseases in crops is an important factor in ensuring the social and economic development of communities. That being said, public policy within developing countries is not working in favour of science.

In his presentation, Malima will draw attention to the special importance of agriculture and its impact on the livelihoods, politics, poverty and environment in Tanzania, and why the current generations of students need more knowledge on the global situation surrounding them.

Presented by:

Adam Malima,
Chairperson of the Biotechnology Society of Tanzania, and Chair of the Policy Reform Advocates for Agro Biotechnology, former Member of Parliament & Deputy Minister

In his ten years as a top of policy maker, Malima was privileged to develop a better understanding of the dynamics of poverty and social transformation of the impact our decisions make on the livelihoods of others. The role of science and technology, or their lack of, in developing societies agriculture and farming practices has become an important part of his effort to bring changes in whatever way he can. Today, as a private citizen, this continues to be an important part of what he hopes to achieve through a united effort of various stakeholders in the global context.

November 14, 2017 @ 11:00 - 12:00 p.m. Prairie Room, Diefenbaker Building, University of Saskatchewan campus Video conferenced to Room 210, 2 Research Drive, University of Regina campus    Watch the Video.

Conservation Agriculture (CA) promotion has been intensified across East and Southern Africa by international development organizations, the private and public sectors and others with the aim of strengthening the food security situation in these regions. CA links three land management principles - minimum soil disturbance, permanent soil cover, and crop rotation, all of which carry implications at local and even national levels. In March 2015, Canadian Foodgrains Bank, through funding support from Global Affairs Canada, began a five-year Scaling Up Conservation Agriculture in East Africa program. This presentation shares preliminary results through farmer stories and experiences and will reflect on promising practices, innovations and challenges toward the achievement of impacting 50,000 smallholder farming households.

About the speaker: John Mbae, Conservation Agriculture Technical Specialist for Kenya, Canadian Foodgrains Bank

John Kimathi Mbae, a Kenyan national, works as the Technical Specialist with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank Conservation Agriculture (CA) program. John has over 11 years’ experience in socio-economic and agricultural research, advocacy and policy and project management. He holds a BSc in Animal Production from Egerton University in Kenya and a MA in Planning from the University of Nairobi. He previously worked as a researcher scientist and departmental head of policy and outreach with the Centre for Training and Integrated Research ( He has extensive experience in community capacity building and participatory techniques. He has presented papers on conservation agriculture and dry-land farming in various international conferences.

Symposia and Conference

The official launches of the Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy will be happening in Saskatoon and Regina, March 8 and 13, respectively.

Saskatoon Regina

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
4:15 to 6:00 p.m.
Diefenbaker Building, University of Saskatchewan

Monday, March 13, 2017
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Room 208, Legislative Building

Please RSVP to by March 1 (Saskatoon launch) and March 6 (Regina launch).

Generating, assessing and applying science and innovation in ways beneficial to humanity has never been more challenging for decision-makers in public, private and civil society sectors. Specific disciplines and current governance structures are limited in their capacity to fully address and resolve large-scale or so-called “wicked” problems on their own. This panel, presented by the new Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy (CSIP), will showcase research projects that illuminate the importance of effective collaborative models across disciplines and beyond the academy. Through examination of the policy and governance dimensions of science and innovation, this forum will explore comprehensive evidence-based approaches and opportunities for researchers and their partners to better understand and address complex problems facing society.

The symposium will feature presentations from:

  • Murray Fulton, Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy; Director, Centre for the Study of Co-operatives
  • John Pomeroy, Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change; Director, Centre for Hydrology; Associate Director, Global Water Futures Programme
  • Peggy Schmeiser, Associate Director, Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy; Assistant Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
  • Peter Phillips, Director, Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy; Distinguished Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
  • Janet Halliwell, Chair of the Board, Canadian Science Policy Council; Vice Chair of the Board, Canadian Science Publishing

Date: Wednesday, March 8 2017, 1-4 p.m. Location: Prairie Room, Diefenbaker Building, University of Saskatchewan NOTE: This event will be videoconferenced to an audience in Regina (Room 110.5, 2 Research Drive, University of Regina).

Following the symposium, guests are invited to join us in the Diefenbaker Lobby for the CSIP launch and reception.