This year’s Bromley Memorial Event was a huge success. Hosted by the Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) at the University of Ottawa, the event welcomed as its keynote speaker one of North America’s leading thinkers on science policy. It laid the groundwork for a new science, technology and innovation community with its secretariat at ISSP, the Ingenuity G20 + network. And it brought together almost 30 international visitors including faculty and graduate students from 14 countries for three packed days of research enrichment, policy discussion, and networking.
The team behind the conference, May 14-16, included Jonathan Linton, Power Corporation Professor in the Management of Technological Enterprises at the Telfer School of Management and an ISSP Core Member, Nicholas Vonortas, Professor of Economics and International Affairs and Director of the Center for International Science and Technology Policy at George Washington University, and Marc Saner, Director of the ISSP.
The centrepiece of the event was the D. Allan Bromley Memorial Lecture presented by William Bonvillian, “Bringing Advanced Innovation to The Manufacturing Sector.” Bonvillian is director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Washington, D.C. office, where he works to support MIT’s strong and historic relations with federal R&D agencies and its role in national science policy.
On May 14, Dr. Howard Alper, chairman of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council, and the Hon. Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology, addressed the conference and there were also discussions of science and technology policy in Canada, Israel, and Turkey. Policy dialogue on May 15 centred on China, France, U.K. and the U.S. May 16 featured presentations by Gilles Patry, President of the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, and Margaret McCuaig-Johnston, Executive Vice-President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, as well as policy talks on Germany, India, Taiwan, Mexico, Russia and South Africa.
Providing another focal point was the Ingenuity G20 + network. Faculty discussed how this new initiative based at the Institute for Science, Society and Policy will be used to promote international collaboration and advance relationships between universities and national government policymakers.
About the Bromley Memorial Lectures
Since 2005 the University of Ottawa has collaborated with George Washington University in holding a series of annual lectures in memory of Dr. D. Allan Bromley.
The website of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy is: www.issp.uottawa.ca/eng/
Nicholas Vonortas of George Washington University
William Bonvillian of MIT
Jonathan Linton of the Telfer School
Marc Saner of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy