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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Decision-making in an uncertain world


Daniel Krewski, University of Ottawa

Are cell phones safe? Are there valid replacements for animals in toxicology tests? What are the health threats from emerging diseases? Questions about safety and reliability pervade today’s complex technology-driven world. Yet definitive answers rarely come quickly or easily. This talk will explore some of the fundamental misconceptions about risk and how, in the absence of certainty, advances in the increasingly rigorous field of risk management science can offer valuable assistance to the public and decision makers.

Internationally renowned for his research on environmental determinants of health, Daniel Krewski is the Scientific Director of the McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment at the University of Ottawa and the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Risk Science. Since 2008, he has also served as the Associate Scientific Director for PrioNet Canada—a Network of Centres of Excellence, involving 15 Canadian universities, investigating the health risks of prion diseases such as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. Dr. Krewski is also the President and Chief Executive Officer of Risk Sciences International, and an adjunct research professor of statistics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Carleton University. He has published more than 600 articles in scientific and technical reviews, and authored or directed the publication of six books to date. He is regularly sought out by the media for his assessment of health risks.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons
--Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Date: Thursday February 9, 2012, 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Location: Government Conference Centre, Colonel By entrance
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Manager: 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: Monday February 6, 2012