An important skill often lacking in scientists is the ability to distill scientific information and to communicate it to non-scientific decision makers. A professional development policy component was incorporated into the training of all the NSERC CREATE IACPES trainees. This was to encourage the students to think beyond the science, to expose them to a network of government policy contacts, and to provide future opportunities to those students who might find a niche in the science/policy/management arena, an area that is desperately in need of scientifically trained individuals with proper communication skills. Each student chose a policy topic related to their research or some other atmospheric theme with the intention of writing a paper/manuscript and present the results to a suitable audience. At the 5th Annual IACPES Symposium on Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, June 13, 2016, the majority of students presented talks on atmospheric science policy to government scientists who were invited to participate.
Below the reports submitted by Phd. and MSc. IACPES students are listed and the attached pdf document.
- Educating chemistry students on environmental science, GW
- Ontario’s offshore wind industry policy issues, SA
- Transitioning to a low-emission energy system in Canada: Policy considerations and technological limitations, YT
- Methane regulation in Alberta and a brief comparison with other fossil fuel economy states and provinces: A fugitive in question, TT
- The importance of collaboration between universities, industry and government: A Canadian space exploration perspective, GN
- Alberta’s new climate leadership plan: A provincial response to climate change, NA
- Traffic related air pollution: Health consequences and mitigation strategies, SJM
- Integrating a science and public policy module into an undergraduate science course SK
- Climate policy consequences of value judgements inherent to widely-used global warming potentials, SB
- Canadian aboriginal communities and the joint oil sands monitoring project (JOSM): Enhancing engagement through knowledge co-production ZD