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Wednesday, November 13 • 8:00am - 11:45am
Symposium - Science advice for foresighting: the slow burn

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Organized by: INGSA North America, in coordination with the Council of Canadian Academies.

Slow-burn problems are those where, despite scientific consensus, public interest is low, responsibilities are dispersed, and there is a high cost to inaction. Slow-burn problems are unique challenges for the science advice community. Can foresighting be effectively used to tackle slow burns? How can engagement with decision makers be maintained? How can trust with the public be developed? We will consider these and related questions through featured speakers and a short case study using antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as an example.

TIME                ACTIVITY

8:45am             Introduction – Framing the challenges of science advice on slow burn problems and an introduction to AMR as a case study
Kristiann Allen, INGSA; Rees Kassen, uOttawa

9:05am             Expert panel discussion
                        Johannes Klumpers; Eric M. Meslin; Kristel van der Elst; Kevin Page; Karen Akerlof
10:00am           Break
10:05am           Facilitated role-playing case study
Participants will participate in a role-playing scenario where there is strong political motivation to act and similarly strong potential for conflict portfolios.

11:15am           Report back and debrief
11:30am           Questions and panelist reactions

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Johannes Klumpers

European Commission DG RTD - Head of Unit RTD.03 – Chief Scientific Advisors, SAM-EGE
Johannes Klumpers leads the “Group of Chief Scientific Advisors – SAM, EGE” unit in the European Commission.The Unit supports the Commission's Group of Chief Scientific Advisors who provide independent, external scientific advice to the European Commissioners. The group of advisors... Read More →

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Kristiann Allen

Senior Investigator, Centre for Science in Policy, Diplomacy and Society (SciPoDS), University or Auckland
Kristiann Allen has recently returned to academe as senior investigator at the Centre for Science in Policy, Diplomacy and Society (SciPoDS) at the University or Auckland. From 2013-2018 she served as Chief of Staff in the Office of the Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister... Read More →
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Karen Akerlof

Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University
Karen Akerlof is a senior research scientist at Decision Research and affiliate faculty at George Mason University. She studies the ways in which communities interpret scientific information and bring experience, values, and local knowledge to bear in making decisions. She explores... Read More →
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Eric M. Meslin

President and CEO, Council of Canadian Academies
Eric joined the CCA in 2016 after 30 years in university and government settings, including the previous 15 years at Indiana University where he was Founding Director of the IU Center for Bioethics, Associate Dean for Bioethics in the IU School of Medicine, and Professor of Medicine... Read More →
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Kevin Page

President and CEO, IFSD Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy, University of Ottawa
Kevin Page is the founding President and CEO of the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy at the University of Ottawa.Mr. Page was appointed Canada's first Parliamentary Budget Officer on March 25, 2008 where he served a five-year term providing Canadian parliamentarians and taxpayers... Read More →
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Kristel Van der Elst

Executive Head, Policy Horizons Canada
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Rees Kassen

Chair of the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering
Rees Kassen is a leading researcher, educator, and author in evolutionary biology. Rees has also played leading roles at the interface between science, society, and policy as Chair of the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE; www.pagse.org), an association of 26... Read More →

Wednesday November 13, 2019 8:00am - 11:45am EST