"Governing in the Dark" lecture now online

Evidence for Democracy recently partnered with Situating Science for a public lecture at Dalhousie university with Evidence for Democracy's co-founder, Dr. Scott Findlay. The talk is called "Governing in the Dark: Evidence, Accountability and the Future of Canadian Science." Here is the abstract: 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? You can find a full video of the talk here, along with the full text here.

Evidence for Democracy recently partnered with Situating Science for a public lecture at Dalhousie university with Evidence for Democracy's co-founder, Dr. Scott Findlay. The talk is called "Governing in the Dark: Evidence, Accountability and the Future of Canadian Science." Here is the abstract: 

 

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?

 

You can find a full video of the talk here, along with the full text here

Katie Gibbs

Executive Director

Katie Gibbs is a scientist, organizer and advocate for science and evidence-based policies. While completing her PhD at the University of Ottawa researching threats to endangered species, she was one of the lead organizers of the ‘Death of Evidence’ rally - one of the largest science rallies in Canadian history. Katie cofounded Evidence for Democracy and now serves as its Executive Director.