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Protecting Public Science Across Borders: Scientific Integrity in Canada and the US

June 13, 2024

5 PM – 6 PM EST

Scientific interference continues to pose a threat to evidence-informed decision-making. On June 13, 2024, we’re partnering with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) to explore scientific integrity (SI) violations in North America.

This dynamic workshop will focus on safeguarding SI, exploring the challenges, solutions, and ongoing efforts in promoting SI within the Canadian and the United States research and policy ecosystem. Beginning with a brief overview of the concept of scientific integrity, participants will gain insights into the historical context of SI challenges. We will dive into real-world challenges and analyze case studies on SI violations in Canada and the US. Participants will leave with actionable steps to contribute to the ongoing efforts in safeguarding SI and promoting evidence-informed decision-making in policy.

Join us on June 13th to take part in the conversation on how to protect government science and scientists from interference.



Sarah Laframboise

Sarah Laframboise joins Evidence for Democracy with a deep understanding of science policy and a passion for advocacy. While completing her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa, Sarah served as the President of her Graduate Student Association and founded the Ottawa Science Policy Network, a student-run club at the University of Ottawa. Over the last two years, Sarah has led the Support Our Science Campaign which has been advocating for increased funding to graduate students and postdocs in Canada. She was also recently named to Canada’s Chief Science Advisor’s Youth Council, and is a long-time volunteer and staff at the Canadian Science Policy Centre. In this role, Sarah is eager to blend her passions for science communication, policy, and advocacy, aiming to empower the science community to assume an even greater role in advocacy efforts throughout Canada.

Anita DesikanAnita Desikan

Anita Desikan is a senior analyst for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role, she investigates the role of science in public policy, focusing on topics like scientific integrity at federal agencies, and political interference in the scientific rulemaking process.

Prior to joining UCS, Ms. Desikan served as a research assistant at the Scripps Research Institute, where she researched the effects of alcohol binging on the adolescent mind, and at King’s College London, where she conducted epidemiological research on stroke in a socioeconomically deprived part of London. She also earned a Fulbright scholarship and served as an English teaching assistant in rural Malaysia.

She earned an MPH in environmental health and science policy from George Washington University, an MS in biomedical science from Drexel University, and a BA in psychology/biology from Pitzer College.

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