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Wednesday, November 7 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
(90 min) The status of science literacy in Canada / Profil des connaissances scientifiques au Canada

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Organized by: Ontario Science Centre, Maurice Bitran

The level of science literacy and the attitudes of the population towards science and technology are important to the future of technology-based societies like ours. Not only because our economy is dependent on technology, but also because many social issues are affected by science and technology, effectively making science literacy a requirement for meaningful participation in the public policy dialogue. What do Canadians think about science and technology? Do they trust scientists and scientific results?What do they think about science and technology related issues such as climate change or artificial intelligence?

For the third consecutive year, the Ontario Science Centre has conducted an on-line survey on science literacy and attitudes towards science across Canada. A review of its main results will serve as the background for this discussion in which each panel member will also discuss what their organizations are doing to increase public literacy and public trust in science.

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Maurice Bitran

CEO and Chief Science Officer, Ontario Science Centre
Dr. Maurice Bitran is the Ontario Science Centre’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Science Officer.  He joined the Centre in 2014 after wide-ranging careers in government and in academia.In the Ontario government he was the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of the Integrated Environmental... Read More →

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Dr. Eugenia Duodu

CEO, Visions of Science
Eugenia Duodu is the CEO of Visions of Science Network for Learning (www.vosnl.org), a charitable organization that empowers youth from low-income communities through meaningful engagement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). She devotes her time to community and global... Read More →
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Dr. Mona Nemer

Chief Science Advisor, Government of Canada
Dr. Mona Nemer is the Chief Science Advisor to Canada’s Prime Minister and Minister of Science. Her mandate is to provide advice on issues related to science and government policies that support it. This includes advising on ways to ensure that science is considered in policy decisions... Read More →
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Dr. Molly Shoichet

University Professor and Senior Advisor to the President on Science and Engineering Engagement, University of Toronto
Professor Molly Shoichet holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering at the University of Toronto.  She served as Ontario’s first Chief Scientist in 2018 where she worked to enhance the culture of science in Ontario. Dr. Shoichet has published over 575 papers... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm EST
Delta Ottawa, International Ballroom