OTTAWA, ONTARIO — Thousands of scientists and science enthusiasts are gathering in Washington, D.C. this week for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). For the first time, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) will host a panel at the conference at 8:00 a.m. on February 12, entitled Arctic research as a model for responsible international collaboration. The annual meeting remains the largest general science gathering in the world, bringing together thousands of renowned speakers, researchers, policymakers, educators and media to discuss some of the most pressing issues in science.
The CFI’s panel will be moderated by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Canada’s Minister of Science, and will feature lectures and discussion among Canadian and international experts in Arctic research.
The panelists will share their thoughts on leading sustainable scientific practices in the North,
the challenges of conducting research in this region and the benefits of an international approach to sharing resources — particularly research infrastructure — along with supporting diplomatic efforts with circumpolar countries and collaborating with indigenous populations. The panelists include:
- Louis Fortier, Canada Research Chair on the Response of Arctic Marine Ecosystems to Climate Change Université Laval; Scientific Director, ArcticNet
From knowledge to action in the changing north: ArcticNet’s mission
- Antonio Di Giulio, Head of Unit Research Infrastructures, European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation
Opportunities for global engagement on research infrastructures
- Kelly Falkner, Division Director, Polar Programs, National Science Foundation (NSF)
NSF thoughts on international Arctic collaboration: challenges and opportunities
In addition to the panel, Erin Freeland Ballantyne, Dean of Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, will present a Northerner’s perspective on the ideas raised during the presentations. The floor will then be opened for questions from the audience.
The event is open to all delegates attending the AAAS conference. For further details, including the location of the panel, click here.