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Wednesday, November 24 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
927: Mobilizing Social Sciences And Humanities In Addressing Global Health Crises

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Addressing pandemics and biological threats requires a coordinated research and development effort for the testing of novel  treatments, vaccines, and diagnostic tools. In parallel it is  important  to identify and address the associated human, social, economic and ethical challenges, opportunities and risks. All rely on data-driven evidence, crucial in informing decision-makers who design and implement pandemic plans, protocols and actions both during crises and in their aftermath. 

How can we ensure that social science and humanities (SSH) knowledge and expertise is effectively mobilized to support these efforts? What does postgraduate training look like to foster the relevant collaborative skills in interdisciplinary settings? How can we support diversity, collaboration and creativity as key components of both technological and social innovation, critical to building resilient communities at home and around the world? 

Building on the experience of Canada’s Global Nexus for Pandemics and Biological Threats, headquartered at McMaster University,  as well as innovative approaches to research training and knowledge mobilization – the panel will offer perspectives on the role of SSH and the best way to mobilize this knowledge to inform policies, strategies and practices that support innovation, allow individuals and systems to withstand and rebound from future threats, and develop the next generation of leaders.

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Claudia I. Emerson

Dr. Claudia Emerson is the founding Director of the Institute on Ethics & Policy for Innovation at McMaster University, Canada, Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, and Associate Member in the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences. Her work in applied... Read More →
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Nancy Hamzawi

Acting Federal Lead, Covid-19 Testing, Contact Tracing and Data Management Strategies at Health Canada
Nancy Hamzawi is the acting Federal Lead, Covid-19 Testing, Contact Tracing and Data Management Strategies at Health Canada and previously Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy and Strategic Integration in the Testing, Contact Tracing and Data Strategy Secretariat. Ms. Hamzawi became... Read More →
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Pascal Michel

Chief Science Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada
Dr. Pascal Michel is the Chief Science Officer of the Public Health Agency of Canada.  In this role, he is mainly responsible for overseeing and leading excellence and innovation in Agency science as well as to provide corporate leadership on science-policy issues.Prior to his current... Read More →
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Sandra Lapointe

Professor of Philosophy, McMaster University
Dr Sandra Lapointe is Professor of Philosophy at McMaster University. She is a Commonwealth alumna, a Fellow of the Humboldt Foundation and an award winning scholar whose work focuses on the history of the of logic, mind and language and the history of knowledge. As a past President... Read More →
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Ursula Gobel

Vice-President, Stakeholder Engagement and Advancement of Society, Humanities Research Council
Ursula Gobel was appointed vice-president, Stakeholder Engagement and Advancement of Society, at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in November 2019. In her role, Ursula provides strategic leadership to advance and mobilize social sciences and humanities research... Read More →

Wednesday November 24, 2021 10:30am - 12:00pm EST