Other Reports

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Bursting the Academic Bubble Panel

In early 2021, reports by the Canadian Council of Academies and CCUNESCO were published detailing the challenges of PhD graduates in Canada as they transition towards the labour market.

Building upon this report, Science & Policy Exchange held a virtual panel discussion

on February 18, 2021, to elaborate on these challenges while also highlighting promising practices to address them. Key recommendations are found in this report.

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Waste Streams: Can we stem the plastic tide?

Science & Policy Exchange (SPE) held a public forum entitled “WASTE STREAMS: Can We Stem the Plastic Tide?” with the goal of bringing the public together with researchers and professionals involved in addressing plastic pollution in waterways. This report summarizes the perspectives of our panelists, as well as the concerns raised by the general public during the question period.

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A Science Advice Workshop for the Next Generation

Training the next generation of scientists and researchers is very important. We believe that research excellence requires understanding the impact of research on the community, in particular, the impact of research on policy. This workshop provided a selected pool of students and early career researchers (ECRs) with experience in government advice and interaction with key stakeholders at the government. 

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Health and Misinformation: Disentangling Truth and Falsehood

The internet and social media have increased the accessibility of health information but have also fostered the spread of potentially damaging health misinformation online, associated with risks at the personal and societal level.

SPE organized a public forum with experts in science communication and information literacy applied to health contexts, and addressed the topic of misinformation by reviewing the factors that play a role in spreading it, contrasting the effectiveness of different approaches to promote access to accurate and reliable information, and delineating relevant recommendations and strategies that can potentially be useful from a public policy perspective. 

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Zero-waste: Reality or Fantasy?

Science & Policy Exchange (SPE) and Climatable hosted a two-hour public forum “SPEForum: Zero Waste Cities - Reality or Fantasy?” on June 4, 2019, at BAnQ, Montreal, to learn and discuss the challenges and opportunities that come with transforming into a zero waste city. This was an opportunity for the public to ask questions and engage with leading experts in research and policy to help answer them. The panelists were Alex Tyrrell, leader of the Green Party of Québec; Mariève Isabel, Montreal Urban Sustainability Experience, McGill University; Sophie Bernard, Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal. The forum represented a policy, production, and consumer perspectives - to address how we can achieve
    our ambitious sustainability goals.

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Students as Stakeholders in Science Diplomacy

It is with great pleasure that we present to you this report, summarizing fruitful discussions on the role of students in science diplomacy. In advance of Canada’s G7 presidency, numerous discussions in Québec and Canada highlighted the intersection of science and diplomacy and pointed to a key recommendation which remains unexplored: to advance science diplomacy, we must engage students and early career scientists. 

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Flux de déchets: Pouvons-nous endiguer la marée de plastique?

Dialogue Sciences et Politiques (DSP) a tenu un forum public intitulé « FLUX DE DÉCHETS : Pouvons-nous endiguer la marée de plastique? » dans le but de mettre en contact le public avec des chercheurs et des professionnels qui participent à la recherche de solutions pour contrer le problème de pollution par le plastique des cours d’eau. Le présent rapport résume les points de vue de nos panélistes, ainsi que les préoccupations qui ont été soulevées par le grand public au cours de la période de questions.

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Atelier de Conseil Scientifique

La formation de la prochaine génération de scientifiques et de chercheurs constitue un élément très important. Nous croyons que pour atteindre l’excellence en recherche, il faut parvenir à comprendre l’impact des recherches sur la communauté, notamment sur les politiques. Cet atelier a permis de réunir un groupe sélectionné d’étudiants et de chercheurs en début de carrière (CDC) ayant de l’expérience en matière de prestation de conseils au gouvernement et d’interaction avec les principaux intervenants gouvernementaux.

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Les étudiants, comme acteurs de la diplomatie scientifique 

It is with great pleasure that we present to you this report, summarizing fruitful discussions on the role of students in science diplomacy. In advance of Canada’s G7 presidency, numerous discussions in Québec and Canada highlighted the intersection of science and diplomacy and pointed to a key recommendation which remains unexplored: to advance science diplomacy, we must engage students and early career scientists.