The Lives of Evidence National Lecture Series

The Lives of Evidence National Lecture Series

The Lives of Evidence National Lecture Series

Examining the Cultural, Ethical, Political and Scientific Role of Evidence in our World.
Scott Findlay, Co-founder of Evidence for Democracy and Associate Professor of Biology, University of Ottawa

Part 3: Governing in the Dark – Evidence, Accountability and the Future of Canadian Science

Scientists are becoming increasingly concerned about the Canadian government’s attitude towards science. They are concerned about declining federal investment in public interest science; a shift away from federal funding of basic research to business-oriented research; policies that restrict the communication of scientific information among government scientists and to the public; and – despite assurances to the contrary from federal ministers – an increasingly cavalier attitude towards science- informed decision-making. Are these symptoms of an ongoing erosion of basic democratic principles? What are some possible therapeutic and preventative interventions?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 7:30pm
Ondaatje Hall, McCain Building
Dalhousie University

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March 5, 2014