Organizations & People
AT THE INTERFACES:
PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF CHEMISTRY
14, 2003 | Ottawa, Canada
39th IUPAC Congress and 86th Conference of the Canadian Society for
Chemistry cannot flourish in isolation, but must
develop within a context of public understanding and mutual trust. To
give focus to IUPAC's long-range goal of addressing the critical interfaces
between chemistry and society, a new CCE subcommittee focusing on the
public understanding of chemistry (PUC) has begun its work. One outcome
is a major initiative to bring the chemical profession, chemical industry,
and the general public into dialogue at the upcoming joint IUPAC/CSC Congress.
Major stakeholders, each focusing on one of chemistry's interfaces with
the public, will catalyze this dialogue in three linked symposia on August
1 - Morning (Sponsored by Dow Canada Ltd.)
The Flow of Ideas Between Chemistry and the Public Through the
do ideas flow between Chemistry and the Public Through the Media?
What role could the media play in facilitating a credible two-way
dialogue between those involved in chemistry and the general public?
How can this dialogue help build trust and increased understanding
of the role that chemistry plays in people's lives?
Madeleine Jacobs, editor-in-chief, Chemical & Engineering
- Claire McLoughlin, Press & Public Relations, Royal
Society of Chemistry, UK.
- Vince Smith, President, Dow Chemical Canada Inc.
- Ian Shugart, ADM, Health Policy and Communications Branch,
2 - Lunchtime (Sponsored by Imperial Oil Products
and Chemicals, Ltd.)
The Flow of Ideas Between the Research Lab and Industry or Public
do ideas flow between the research lab and industry or public use?
How are ideas originating in the research laboratory translated
into eventual refinement of technologies for industrial and public
use? How are needs perceived by industry and the public are translated
back into the research laboratory? What are the various interactions
among academia, government and industry within this product cycle,
and how can a convergence of interests can be optimized?
Howard Alper, Vice-rector, University of Ottawa and President
of the Royal Society of Canada.
- Jean-Claude Gavrel, Director, Networks of Centres of Excellence,
- Ole Kihle, PE Products Technology Manager, Polymers Technology
Centre, Imperial Oil Limited, Canada.
3 - Afternoon (Sponsored by Shell Canada Chemicals)
The Flow of Ideas Through Society
do ideas flow through society? How can chemistry, the central
science, continue to make significant contributions to the well
being of society and provide benefits for future generations?
How does chemistry position itself and interact with other key
disciplines concerned with the health of people and the environment,
social justice, economic growth and the general aspirations of
society? How can a convergence of societal interests be optimized?
Camarta, Senior Vice-President, Shell Canada.
- Peter Calamai, Science Writer, The Toronto Star.
- Stuart Smith, Chair, Ensyn Technologies, Past Chair of
the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy and
Past Chair, Science Council of Canada.
Harpp, McGill University Office for Chemistry and Society,
- Elizabeth Dowdeswell, former ADM, Environment Canada
and former Executive Director of the United Nations Environmental
sessions will be open to the public!
younger stakeholders will also participate.
The winning entries from an international
poster competition for 10-16 year old students on the theme: "It's
a Chemical World," will be prominently displayed at
Peter Mahaffy <[email protected]>
or Jean Belanger <[email protected]>
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