November 2020

CSIP Innovation Forum ~ Radon in Canada - Public Attention Influencing Policy

Presented by: Michaela Neetz, MPP student, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

November is Radon Action Month. Each year stakeholders across the country launch a campaign encouraging radon testing and mitigation in an effort to address the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada. Campaigns such as this work against the dynamics of public attention as described by the issue-attention cycle and have potential agenda setting implications. This presentation will explore radon policy in Canada paying close attention to the influence of public and media attention and discussing challenges such as risk perceptions and competition for attention.

The Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy (CSIP) invites all students, faculty, researchers, and citizens interested in the study of science, technology and innovation policy to participate in a bi-weekly forum.

Date: Thursday, November 5
Time:
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (CST)
Location: Delivered by Zoom - Please register online and a link will be emailed to you.

CSIP Innovation Forum ~ Wildlife Disease Policy During a Pandemic: a Research Imperative

PRESENTED BY: Douglas A. Clark, Associate Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan 

Wildlife diseases are well-studied clinically and ecologically but there is no systematic scholarship on wildlife disease policy or management. Zoonotic diseases, which transmit between animals and people, have become the main source of emerging diseases worldwide. The current COVID-19 pandemic is the latest such zoonosis, highlighting the urgency and importance of monitoring, managing, and addressing zoonotic diseases as well as the acute challenges of doing so with sufficient interjurisdictional coordination in a dynamic societal context. This situation therefore presents a unique research imperative: to understand how decisions are made about preventing and responding to wildlife diseases, especially zoonoses, and how those policy processes can be improved.

The Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy (CSIP) invites all students, faculty, researchers, and citizens interested in the study of science, technology and innovation policy to participate in a bi-weekly forum.

Date: Thursday, November 19
Time:
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (CST)
Location: Delivered by Zoom - Please register online and a link will be emailed to you.

December 2020

CSIP Innovation Forum ~ How the Fedoruk Centre is addressing practical and social aspects of nuclear energy

PRESENTED BY: Dr. John Root (PhD), Executive Director, Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation, Inc. 

Established in 2011 as a not-for-profit corporation, the Fedoruk Centre has helped place Saskatchewan among global leaders of nuclear research, development, and training. In addition to funding research projects and investing in institutions within the province, the Centre operates the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences—a first-class scientific resource, accessible by researchers to advance life sciences with nuclear imaging methods. Through these activities, the Fedoruk Centre is building capacity for research and education and generating benefits for the world—with impacts in health, materials engineering, environment, and energy through the application of nuclear technologies. Working with experts from a variety of disciplines, the Centre is also engaging and holding respectful conversations with the public on the benefits and risks of nuclear technologies, such as nuclear-generated electricity—a clean, reliable supply of energy that could benefit the province for years to come.

The Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy (CSIP) invites all students, faculty, researchers, and citizens interested in the study of science, technology and innovation policy to participate in a bi-weekly forum.

CSIP is pleased to co-host this session with the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS), which promotes the exchange of information on all aspects of nuclear science and technology and its applications.

Date: Thursday, December 3
Time:
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (CST)
Location: Delivered by Zoom - Please register online and a link will be emailed to you.