Global Access to Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Information: New EIUI Study about the Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts

Without any doubt, the oceans, which cover 71% of the globe, are vitally important, environmentally, economically, socially, and culturally. Unfortunately, many indicators emphasize that the health of the oceans is in very serious jeopardy today. To address this pressing global issue, researchers, managers, and decision-makers need access to current, accurate, and reliable information. Evidence-based policies […]

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Public Engagement in Environmental Assessments: Recent Conference Paper by EIUI Team Member

At the 42nd AMOP technical seminar on environmental contamination and response, hosted by Environment and Climate Change Canada in Halifax, on 4-6 June 2019, Ian Stewart presented a paper in the session on “Social Aspects Oil Spill Response Planning.” The first AMOP technical seminar, held in Edmonton in 1978, launched the former Arctic and Marine […]

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Environmental Expertise: Connecting Science, Policy, and Society: A Book Review

How can environmental information be used to enhance understanding between science, policy, and society, while simultaneously avoiding the urge to reduce that information to its lowest common denominator? Furthermore, how can knowledge transfer be facilitated across institutional and personal boundaries, while still keeping the knowledge intact and usable? These questions, along with a host of […]

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“Environmental Research and Knowledge Production within Governmental Organizations”: a New Book Chapter by EIUI Authors

Research occupies centre-stage in evidence-based (or evidence-informed) decision-making. Depending on the issue, the agendas of decision makers, and other contextual factors, evidence may be drawn from a variety of sources to use in decisions. Because universities and colleges world-wide are major generators of research knowledge today, the output of academics can overshadow research conducted in […]

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EIUI at the 2018 Bay of Fundy Science Workshop – Proceedings Now Available

The Bay of Fundy, and the larger Gulf of Maine, is one of the most diverse ecological ocean and coastal areas globally and home to the world’s highest tides. The Bay of Fundy was the Canadian finalist in the worldwide New7Wonders of Nature contest (2007-2011). Since 1996, the Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership (BoFEP) has […]

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EIUI Team Members at Recent Symposia / Workshops on the Science-Policy Interface

EIUI team members frequently participate in research events about the science-policy interface. For example, Ian Stewart recently continued his work on science policy issues related to impact assessments by contributing to recent symposia/workshops. He attended “Cumulative Effects Assessment and Marine Shipping Activities: A Technical Workshop” hosted by Transport Canada under the Ocean Protection Plan on […]

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“The Future of Ocean Governance and Capacity Development” Now in Open Access

The International Ocean Institute-Canada has announced that its recently published book The Future of Ocean Governance and Capacity Development: Essays in Honor of Elisabeth Mann Borgese (1918-2002) is now available in open access format. The full book (11 Mb pdf file) and the individual essays can be downloaded at this link. The contributions by EIUI […]

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“Canada’s Oceans Now: Atlantic Ecosystems 2018” Report. Its Potential Use and Influence

To great fanfare, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) recently released Canada’s Oceans Now: Atlantic Ecosystems 2018 (DFO, 2019). This 43-page publication is based on a larger scientific synthesis report presented at a meeting in December 2017 (Bernier, Jamieson, & Moore, 2018). Canada’s Oceans Now: Atlantic Ecosystems 2018 focuses on the overall health […]

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Measuring Use and Influence of Research-Based Information

New and diverse research results are produced daily. However, once research-based information is made available to users, how do we know whether the information is relevant and helpful? Has the information been used in its intended form, or has it been misinterpreted? As these questions relate to connections and disconnections in the science-policy interface, we […]

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The Role of Traditional News Media and Social Media in Promoting Awareness of Research-Based Information

The news media is a powerful agent that translates information across the science-policy interface to inform the general public of decisions made by policy-makers. However, news coverage is all too often shaped by political or cultural biases and the realities of the news business. These realities include journalistic norms and preferences that lead to news […]

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