Canada's new Chief Science Advisor
In 2014 when scientists were mobilizing to make science an issue during the federal election campaign, the community was pushing for the re-establishment of a Chief Science Advisor.
The Trudeau government listened, and it was announced that Dr. Mona Nemer will be the new Chief Science Advisor. Dr. Nemer and her staff are mandated to provide science advice to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, to ensure that government science is open to the public and to support science-based decision-making within government.
Getting a Chief Science Advisor in Federal government is a huge win for Canadian science, and a testament to what we can achieve when we work together for science.
What will the Chief Science Advisor do?
- Advise Prime Minister & Cabinet on science and research
- Bolster evidence-based policy, make sure scientific analyses considered in policy
- Ensure federal scientists can speak freely about their work
- Make government science fully available to the public
E4D's priorities for the new CSA:
- Address the Naylor Report and advise on fixing support for fundamental research in Canada
- Ensure government policy addressing climate change is based on research and evidence, advise for stable funding for Canadian climate science
- Aid in finalize Science Integrity Policies within federal government departments
What do you think should be priority #1 for the new Chief Science Advisor? Tell us in the comments below.
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