Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

August 31, 2007 06:00 ET

Media Advisory: PIPSC Hosts Symposium on Public Science in Canada September 6-7, 2007

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2007) - The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada is sponsoring the Public Science in Canada | Strengthening Science to Protect Canadians Symposium that will take place September 6-7, 2007.

Date and time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.,
Thursday September 6 and Friday, September 7, 2007

Location: Hilton Lac Leamy
Gatineau, Quebec

The Symposium will bring together scientists, policy-makers, decision-makers and public opinion leaders across a range of sectors to discuss the state of public science in Canada and map a path towards the future that includes the best science and public policies to enhance the health, safety and security of Canadians.

The Symposium comes at a time when the federal government is transferring its research laboratories to universities and the private sector and when Canada faces major challenges on environmental protection, energy, pandemic response, food and drug safety, and national security for example.

The detailed program is available at Some of the featured speakers include:

Pierre Coulombe, President, National Research Council Canada

Ben Martin, SPRU, Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex

Veronique Morin, Science Journalist, Past President of the Canadian Science Writers Association

David Nabarro, Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza

George Roter, co-CEO, Engineers Without Borders

David W. Schindler, O.C., F.R.S., F.R.S.C. Professor of Ecology, University of Alberta

John Vines, Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia

The media is invited to attend any or all of the sessions.

Contact Information

  • Media Enquiries:
    Francine Pressault
    Media & Government Relations Officer
    613 228-6310, ext. 2228 or 613-794-9369