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Short Talk Series: Advancing Science in Society

Audio Files: 
Conference Day: 
Day 3 - November 3rd 2017

Organized by: CSPC

Speakers: Kei Koizumi, Visiting Scholar in Science Policy, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Mahlet N. Mesfin, Deputy Director, Center for Science Diplomacy, AAAS; Nicole Mahoney, Director, Global Regulatory Policy, Merck; Melisssa Mathers, Project Coordinator, Let's Talk Science; Kelly Cobey, Senior Clinical Research Associate, The Ottawa Hospital; Raymond Ng, Director, Data Science Institute, Professor, Computer Science, UBC; Mark Leggott, Executive Director, Research Data Canada

Takeaways and recommendations: 
  1. Lessons learned from the U.S. White House on using science to meet policy challenges:

  • Close links between the science advisor and president ensured the president received timely advice on the latest research.

  • A scientific advisor must be able to translate scientific advice into policy language.

  • Science rarely gives the full policy solution.

  1. Recommendations from the AAAS report, Connecting Scientists to Policy Around the World:

  • Cultivate and connect boundary-spanning STEM leaders around the world to engage at the science-policy interface,

  • Communicate with the public the applications of science and how they serve society, and

  • Facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration.

3. Global perspectives on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) innovation: what does this mean for Canada?

  • Policy leaders recognize that incentives will be need to drive innovation to address AMR.

  • Ways Canada can be a leader in AMR: develop pathways for development/regulatory approval of new products; create special designations for priority antimicrobials with expedited development and approval pathways; collaborate with global regulators; and support scientific leadership on development pathways for alternative approaches to address bacterial infections.

  • Canada will be the G7 president in 2018: continue momentum on AMR and move into action.

  1. Breaking down barriers for science outreach:

  • Simplify protocols and procedures for student involvement in outreach activities.

  • Be vocal in praising outreach initiatives.

  • Avocate for rewarding researchers and students who participate in science outreach.

  1. How to ensure the transparency of scientific study designs, their conduct and reporting:

  • Solutions for becoming more transparent and accountable in the scientific process: register research programs (addresses publication bias and selective outcome reporting), set reporting guidelines, and establish evidence-based and explicit scientific processes.

  • Research results need to be reported in a timely manner, without undue restriction.

  1. Data science and social implications:

  • Better tools need to be developed for open data management.

  • Sensitive individual data must be linked effectively to open data.

  • Biases embedded in data collections must be considered.

  • Smart governance and the exploitation of diversity can be provided by combining the perspectives of data science and social science.

  1. Open Science: The new normal for knowledge dissemination:

  • Research Data Canada works with stakeholders to ensure research data is re-usable in support of innovation that benefits all Canadians.

  • A new ecosystem is being created by research communities based on past data.

  • “A closed book is but a block of wood.”