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