EIUI Book Chapter Post: What Good are State of the Environment Reports?

“The Science-Policy Interface in Coastal and Ocean Management” is a series of posts highlighting the chapters in the new book: Science, Information, and Policy Interface for Effective Coastal and Ocean Management, edited by Bertrum H. MacDonald, Suzuette S. Soomai, Elizabeth M. De Santo, and Peter G. Wells, published by CRC Press (Taylor & Francis). Is […]

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EIUI Book Receiving Positive Reviews

EIUI’s new book Science, information, and policy interface for effective coastal and ocean management is receiving positive reviews that emphasize key features of the volume. Writing in Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, Agnieszka Hunka of Halmstad University, Sweden stated: “The overall take-home message of Science, Information, and Policy Interface for Effective Coastal and Ocean Management […]

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EIUI Team Member Publishes Two Papers on the Science-Policy Interface in Fisheries Management

Dr. Suzuette Soomai, Postdoctoral Fellow with the EIUI research program, is the author of two new papers that discuss communication of information at the science-policy interface. These papers are based on Suzuette’s doctoral research, which examined the information pathways – production, communication, and use of scientific information – at the operational level in the Canada […]

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EIUI Team Member Participates in IPBES-5 Plenary, Bonn, Germany

EIUI team member Dr. Elizabeth De Santo participated in the 5th Plenary Session of the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) held in Bonn, Germany, 6-10 March 2017. As a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, Elizabeth was part of the IUCN delegation to the meeting, which began […]

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The 2017 AAAS Conference – “Serving Society through Science Policy” – Highlights and Key Messages

This year’s conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) took place in Boston, MA, 16-20 February, with the theme: “Serving Society through Science Policy.” The full program and other information are available at this link. The sessions that I attended illustrated the numerous dimensions of current research and discussion on the […]

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Politics of Environmental Science: Recent Examples in Atlantic Canada

On 9 February 2017, EIUI team member, Dr. Ian Stewart, gave a lecture, entitled “The politics of environmental science: Some recent episodes in Atlantic Canada,” in the 2016-2017 seminar series offered by the Department of Biology, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Ian used the opportunity of this talk to discuss some recent media […]

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Informational Governance Sheds Needed Light on Decision-Making Processes

The complex functions that scientific information, and research-based evidence in general, fulfill in decision-making processes receive less attention than they could or should. These functions seem to be invisible to most, probably in part due to the massive volume of information available today. Like the air we breathe, the importance of information and its use […]

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Improving Ocean Management through Strengthened Evidence-Based Decision Making: EIUI at the 8th Canadian Science Policy Conference

Improving ocean management through strengthened evidence-based decision making – based on insights about research on information pathways – was the main message that the EIUI research team highlighted in a panel at the 8th Canadian Science Policy Conference held in Ottawa on 8-10 November 2016. Speaking in a session on the conference theme “A New […]

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Towards a New Dialogue in a Post-Truth / Post-Fact World: Government Science Advice Conference, Brussels, 28-29 September 2016

This year, the term “post-truth” has gained such prominence in international media and debate it was named Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries. Often associated with “post-fact,” the adjective refers to “circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” In addition to the […]

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EIUI Participates in the RARGOM Annual Science Meeting

The Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine (RARGOM) Annual Science Meeting was held on 13 October 2016 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The theme of this meeting was “Science for sustaining the Gulf of Maine’s ecosystems and coastal communities.” Peter Wells attended and presented two EIUI posters: one illustrated the key messages and […]

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