The Hill Times: Academic research underpins sound policy


Alejandro Adem, president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and former CEO and scientific director at Mitacs, writes about his concern with the growing trend for questionable online sources to inform public opinion that in turn may affect important policy decisions.

He highlights the positive impact of the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship program, which was developed along with the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy to address an existing gap between policy makers and academic researchers. This unique program creates bridges between academia and government departments and develops a connective network.

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