A new discipline is born!
Science policy is the discipline that lies at the interface of the scientific enterprise and public administration. It encompasses two related and complementary spheres:
- “policy for science” – strategies for managing and enhancing the conduct of scientific research;
- “science for policy” – mechanisms by which scientific knowledge informs government decision-making.
You can learn all about it at the Canadian Science Policy Conference!
But wait a minute, look at what they say (we deleted the boring stuff)
“Despite substantial government investments in science and technology (S&T), Canada’s science policy infrastructure lags behind that of other nations:
- current non-governmental input into “policy for science” is uncoordinated and ineffective;
- current “science for policy” has limited external input from academic scientists;”
Isn’t it what more than 2000 of us are saying? Should we converge on Toronto in October? Should we ask them to sign our petition? Hope that “shovel-ready research infrastructure” is not on the agenda.