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Research At Work 3: Science for Policy – Evidence to Drive Decision-Making

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June 14 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT

Have you ever wondered how your research and experience can be put to work to encourage change? Are you curious about where you may fit into the science-policy interface?

The immense challenges we face in society can only be solved with the evidence provided by science. It is critical that science trainees and experts like you engage with the issues and get involved! While moving between the academic and policy worlds can seem daunting, our Research At Work series will introduce you to relevant topics and give you the tools to start on this exciting and worthwhile journey!

So, do you want to know more about how researchers can (and do) affect policy? Are you curious about a career in government or science advocacy? Are you passionate about educating the public about important topics in science?

The Toronto Science Policy Network (TSPN) invites you to join us for Research At Work, a workshop and networking series designed to teach you about the basics of science policy and connect you with experts engaged in this space in different ways. The series consists of three workshops and a networking event (all dates/times listed in EDT).

Summary and Expert Bios

The final workshop, Science for Policy, will cover how science can impact government decision-making and inform policy. We will discuss the various pathways between science and policy, and we will examine the steps involved in communicating science to policymakers. Workshop attendees will learn from two expert speakers (one academic and one scientist working in government): Dr. Meghan Azad, Research Scientist and Associate Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, and Dr. Jasmine Hamilton, Acting Manager at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. These experts will share their experiences and their unique lens on the process of bridging science with policy. Finally, using case studies, attendees will have a chance to engage in the process of translating science to policy.

Dr. Meghan Azad

Dr. Azad is an Associate Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba, where she holds a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Developmental Origins of Chronic Disease. Her research program is focused on the role of infant nutrition and the microbiome in child growth, development and resilience. Dr. Azad co-Directs the new Manitoba Interdisciplinary Lactation Centre (MILC) and leads the new International Milk Composition (IMiC) Consortium. She serves as Deputy Director of the CHILD Cohort Study, a national pregnancy cohort following 3500 children to understand how early life experiences shape lifelong health.

Dr. Azad serves on the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation Executive Council and the joint US/Canada Human Milk Composition Initiative. She is a Fellow of the CIFAR Humans and the Microbiome Program and an elected member of the Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars. Dr. Azad received the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation Erlich-Koldovsky Early Career Investigator Award (2018) and the International Human Milk Genomics Mid-Career Investigator Award (2020). She was named among the WXN Canada Top 100 Most Powerful Women (2020) and Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 (2021).

Dr. Elisabeth Galarneau

Dr. Elisabeth Galarneau is an internationally-recognized expert on atmospheric polycyclic aromatic compounds (PACs) and other toxic pollutants. She started her career at Environment and Climate Change Canada 25 years ago as a Science Advisor tasked with linking science and policy for national and international programs. She subsequently transitioned to her role as Research Scientist after acting as Principal Investigator for the Integrated Atmospheric Deposition Network (IADN). Her research has received national media attention, and includes ambient measurements, laboratory studies, and computer modelling. She has initiated and led national science programs such as the State of Knowledge Report on PACs in the Canadian Environment, and she is Principal Investigator for the 2024 Study of Winter Air Pollution in Toronto (SWAPIT). Dr. Galarneau is dedicated to advancing science for the public good and to improving communication to non-scientific audiences.


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