Organization: Royal Society of Canada

G7 scholars submit recommendations to G7 leaders for policy direction

Scientists and scholars have submitted recommendations to G7 leaders for consideration when they meet June 8-9 for their annual summit in Charlevoix QC. The recommendations are contained in two statements on the “most pressing issues of our times” – the digital future and the global Arctic.

Innovate BC’s new board of directors

Innovate BC, British Columbia’s primary technology agency, has a new Board of Directors, whose members were announced last week at the #BCTECH Summit. The board will become the province’s new innovation commission, chaired by Thompson Rivers Univ president and vice-chancellor, Alan Shaver. He will be assisted by 11 members and one ex-officio member, Alan Winter, BC’s…

G7 Science Summit examines repercussions stemming from tsunami of new digital technologies

Canada’s hosting of this year’s G7 Summit is being preceded by an unprecedented series of research summits that examine the potential and impacts of digital technologies and sustainable oceans. The summits – organized by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) – are intended to inform discussion at the main event in Charlevoix, QC on June 8-9.

‘Reimagining’ National Academies: A Northern Minerva Reboots

‘Reimagination’ is very much in the news today (not to be confused with the imagineers at Walt Disney Imagineering R&D subsidiary). We saw the word trotted out in the 2018 federal Budget on how the 101-year-old National Research Council (NRC) was going to form a new conception of itself — not that it hasn’t been reimagined several times before.

CCA names five to Scientific Advisory Committee

The Council of Canadian Academies has appointed David Castle, Sophie D’Amours, Malcolm King, Barbara Neis and Nicole Poirier to its scientific advisory committee. The committee advises the CCA’s board of directors on expert assessments, particularly on question selection and expert panel membership. Castle is VP research, and a professor in the School of Public Administration,…

CCA to examine medical assistance in dying

The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) is undertaking three expert panel reviews related to medical assistance in dying on behalf of the departments of Health and Justice. The reviews pertain to the most complex types of cases – requests by mature minors, advance requests, and requests where mental illness is the sole underlying medical condition.…

RSC launches colleges for new scholars

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) is recognizing Canada’s next generation of exceptional leadership with a call for nominations for its new College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists (The College). It will recognize the intellectual achievement of individuals within 15 years of conferral of their PhD or equivalent qualification. The inaugural cohort will be…

RSC launches two new expert panel reports

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) has launched two new expert panels, one sponsored by Health Canada and the other self generated. The first is a Review of Safety Code 6: Potential Health Risks of Radiofrequency Fields from Wireless Telecommunications Devices. It is an update of a previous RSC report published in 1999. It will…

Science academies urge G8 action on key challenges

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) has joined 14 other national science academies to urge G8 leaders to give greater consideration to the role S&T can play in addressing three of the world’s most pressing challenges. The academies issued a joint statement at a May 10th meeting of science academy leaders in Washington calling on…