Organization: Royal Society of Canada

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…

RSC to develop strategic and financial plans

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) is meeting in June to begin the process of developing a comprehensive strategic plan and five-year financial plan to establish a solid base for continuing and expanding operations. The June 13 leadership retreat is aiming to shore up finances to enhance its programs, continue expert panel assessments and “play…

RSC to examine climate change & marine biodiversity

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) has announced the formation of an expert panel to examine Ocean Climate Change and Marine Biodiversity. Commissioned at its own initiative, the panel will be led by Dr Jeffrey Hutchings, a professor and Canada Research Chair in marine conservation and biodiversity at Dalhousie Univ. The panel is the first…

Science academies issue climate change warning

The Royal Society of Canada joined science academies from other G-8 nations and the three largest developing countries in issuing a warning on climate change and the need for increasing S&T to assist African development. The joint statement asserted that “a lack of scientific certainty about some aspects of climate change is not a reason…

InterAmerican Network of Academies formed

A meeting of the Academies of Sciences for countries of the Americas have formed the InterAmerican Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS) at a recent meeting in Santiago Chile. The new organization has identified water and science education as its top two priorities. IANAS will work to strengthen S&T relationships as a tool for societal…

New research chair named in honour of Dr Michael Smith

The EJLB Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are contributing $1.35 million to establish a new research chair in neurosciences and mental health in honour of the late Dr. Michael Smith. The chair will be funded through a $1-million endowment grant from the EJLB Foundation, a $300,000 establishment grant from CIHR and…