Institute for Science, Society and Policy

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The Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) is a multi-disciplinary unit at the University of Ottawa, Canada. It has a teaching, research and outreach mandate in the fields of science, technology and society.[1]


The ISSP was founded based on an initiative of David Castle, Canada Research Chair in Science and Society at the University of Ottawa from 2006 to 2010. Its operations started in 2010 with the hiring of the Inaugural Director, Marc Saner who headed the ISSP until 2015 when its first graduate program was launched.[2][3][4][5][6] The current director is Monica Gattinger.[7]

About the ISSP[edit]

The Institute for Science, Society and Policy has participation of scholars from six different faculties. Located in Ottawa, it also draws on connections in the public service as well as diplomatic and political circles. It hosted, for example, David Willets,[8][9] then Minister of State for Universities and Science of the United Kingdom and secured high-level endorsement for its Innovation Decalogue.[10]

The ISSP holds numerous events examining current issues at the intersection of science and policy.[11] It also provides information services such as the archives of the Science Council of Canada (1966-1992) and the Council of Science and Technology Advisors (1996-2006).[12] Its knowledge mobilization services include a series of reports on the science policy interface.[13]


  1. ^ "Institute for Science, Society and Policy (Mission and Goals)". Archived from the original on 7 June 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  2. ^ "ISSP Annual Report (2010-2011): First Steps" (PDF).
  3. ^ "ISSP Annual Report (2011-2012): Creating a Network" (PDF).
  4. ^ "ISSP Annual Report (2012-2013): Building on Strong Foundations" (PDF).
  5. ^ "ISSP Annual Report (2013-2014): Towards a Graduate Program" (PDF).
  6. ^ "ISSP Annual Report (2014-2015): A Focus on Students" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Welcome to our new Director, Monica Gattinger". Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  8. ^ "UK Science Policy and Diplomacy - David Willets, Martyn Poliakoff, Mary Bownes (video)". 10 February 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  9. ^ "British scientists' advice welcomed by government, minister says". Ottawa Citizen, February 11, 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  10. ^ "» About the Innovation Decalogue". Retrieved 2017-03-28.
  11. ^ Duggan, Kyle (23 January 2016). "What should the government's chief science officer position look like?". Archived from the original on 24 January 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Canadian Science Councils Archive". Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  13. ^ "Science Policy Interface | Institute for Science, Society and Policy | University of Ottawa". Retrieved 2017-03-31.

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