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Monday, November 15 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm
810: Science Advice and Outreach During a National Emergency

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Organized by Office of the Chief Science Advisor
The Covid-19 pandemic has generated unprecedented interest in science. From decision makers seeking evidence-based policy advice to the extensive media coverage of vaccine research, science has become widely recognized as critical to informed decision making. Among those at the frontline of understanding and conveying the latest research findings are the experts who contributed to the Chief Science Advisor’s Covid-19 panel, many of whom have become regular go-to media authorities. 

In this discussion, we’ll hear from some of these leading experts about effectively providing advice during a national emergency, as well as how to best communicate scientific information when talking to the media. They will share their experiences and lessons learned in breaking down the latest research and communicating to a public that is becoming increasingly interested in scientific evidence. Specific topics will address continued efforts to build more widespread trust in science, communicating with different audiences from policy makers to the public at large, and where we go from here in creating a science-literate society for the future


André Picard

Award Winning Author and Journalist, Health Columnist, The Globe and Mail

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Mona Nemer

Chief Science Advisor, Canada
Dr. Mona Nemer is the Chief Science Advisor to Canada’s Prime Minister, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and Cabinet. Her mandate is to provide advice on issues related to science and government policies that support it. Before becoming the Chief Science Advisor, Dr... Read More →

Irfan Dhalla

Vice-president and general internist, Unity Health Toronto

Joanne Langley

Professor and Head of the Infectious Diseases Division, Dalhousie University

Caroline Colijn

Canada 150 Research Chair in Mathematics for Evolution, Infection and Public Health at Simon Fraser University

Monday November 15, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST