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Status of Science in Canada and New Frontiers of Science in Society

  • Wednesday, April 01, 2015
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Sheraton Hotel - 600 Hwy 7 E, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1B2



This presentation will discuss the input to and output from the science enterprise in Canada in comparison with other nations. It will also explore the position of science in the 21st century in relation to the rest of society, the challenges and the opportunities facing scientific community.

Science today, impacts every aspect of our society including the economy, public policy and politics, international affairs, social innovation, communications and more. The ever-changing nature of science along with transformative technological advances and fundamental changes in our world, have all affected the nature of the interaction between science and society. Scientific community needs to be prepared for new paradigms in its relationship with society.

About the Speaker: 

Dr Mehrdad Hariri is the founder and CEO of the Canadian Science Policy Centre, a not for profit organization working as a virtual HUB for science technology and innovation policy in the Canada.

First national annual Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC), a forum dedicated to the Canadian Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy issues. The CSPC is the largest national multi-disciplinary and multi-sector conference in Canada, engaging hundreds of organizations and individuals from across the country, various disciplines and industry sectors to discuss the most pressing issues in Canadian Science Policy.

Mehrdad also co-founded sciencecanada, a blog dedicated to collecting science related stories and news, articles from different media outlet. He has published numerous articles and opinion pieces in various media outlets, some of which listed below. As a commentator on science policy issues he regularly appears in media, including a one to one interview with Steve Paikin on his flagship prime time program “Agenda” on TVO.

He studied in the fields of Veterinary Medicine, Cell Biology and Functional Genomes, in Tehran, Montréal, and Toronto universities, and performed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health.

Mehrdad Hariri has served on the board of number of organizations and in the Iranian Community, he has been member of IAUT, Bam Relief committee, Solidary with the People of Iran. He is a founding member of Iranian Canadian Congress.

Panelist at “The Agenda”: Can Scientists Speak? Oct. 17th , 2013

A national priority: Creating a science policy centre, June 2012, Volume: 16  Issue: 7

Sharing the Fruits of Scientific Discovery” The Mark News. Mehrdad Hariri. March 11, 2012

Interview, Agence Science Presse, “Science et politique la recontre annuelle” Mehrdad Hariri. Nov 22, 2011

Time to Upgrade Science Policy 2.0 , The Mark News. Peter Hackett & Mehrdad Hariri. Nov 13, 2011

Bringing Canadian Science to the World, The Mark News. Mehrdad Hariri. Oct 28, 2010

One and One interview with Steve Paikin

A report in Shahrvand about Mehrdad Hariri:

Making Science Political


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