Wilfrid Laurier, Brantford Campus' 3rd annual interdisciplinary conference will be held April 3-5, 2003. This year the theme will be Science, Values and Public Policy. We invite papers from all disciplines that address the complex interaction between "facts" and "values" in public policy-making. Conference participants will be encouraged to address the following questions:
What is science-based policy?
How has the relationship between science and policy evolved over time?
Which practices for managing the science-policy interface have worked (or not?)
What is the relationship between science- and risk-based decision-making?
How can multi-stakeholder processes and science-based decision-making be combined?
are the values of science and the values of the political sphere incommensurable?
What is the role of the press in mediating the science-policy interface?
What is the role of risk communication in science-based decision-making?
Our keynote speaker is William Leiss Ph.D., FRSC, NSERC/SSHRC Research Chair in Risk Communication, Faculty of Management, University of Calgary, and recent past-president of the Royal Society of Canada, one of Canadaís foremost researchers in policy, environment and risk. He is a prolific author on a broad range of topics including: _In the Chamber of Risks: Understanding Risk Controversies, 2001_; _Mad Cows and Motherís Milk: The Perils of Poor Risk Communication_, (with Douglas Powell) 1997; _Under Technology's Thumb; and The Domination of Nature_. See www.leiss.ca for more information on William Leiss.
Please send a short abstract by Dec. 15, 2002. Final presentations should be about 20 minutes plus discussion. We encourage participants to make their presentations accessible for scholars from all disciplines, and to leave ample time for questions. We hope to publish the conference papers in book form after peer review.
Dr. Stephen Haller
Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford
73 George St., Brantford, ON
CANADA N3T 2Y3
(519) 756-8228 x5705
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