Assistant professor and Canada Research Chair in Glacier Hydrology and Ice Dynamics, Christine Dow attended the inaugural Science Meets Parliament event in Ottawa.
The event was presented as a pilot project this year in hopes of making it an annual event bringing scientists working in Canada to Parliament Hill to meet with Members of Parliament and Senators, attend House and Senate committee meetings, discuss scientific research, and gain familiarity with the political process.
Dow, whose important work tracks the impact of climate change on ice at the earth's polar regions, met with Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Mona Nemer and also with the Honorable Kirsty Duncan, Science and Sport Minister.
The program aims to facilitate a crucial dialogue between scientists and political leaders. Selected scientists from across the country had the rare opportunity to spend a full day on Parliament Hill shadowing an MP or Senator, attending House committee meetings and Question Period, and sharing their passion for science with Parliamentarians.
The day's program included:
- An informative orientation session that includes information about the business of Parliament and exercises that prepare Delegates to speak with politicians
- Meetings with Members of Parliament and Senators, the Chief Science Advisor of Canada, and possibly the Minister of Science (subject to her availability)
- Shadowing a Member of Parliament or Senator during the day
- Observation of House committee meetings of the day
- Lunch on Parliament Hill
- Attending Question Period
- A poster session open to Parliamentarians
- Networking reception with MPs, Senators, and staff that will include a closing speech by a guest of honour.
For more information on the Science Meets Parliament event visit the official site.