OTTAWA, Oct. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - Leading Alberta scientists will discuss
with the public their concerns about what is happening to science in
Canada at a town hall meeting tonight at Edmonton's Art Gallery of
Alberta at 7pm.
Moderated by the Edmonton Journal's Graham Thomson, panellists will describe how scientific work in
Canada is being affected by federal and provincial government policies
and what this means for Canadians. Members of the audience will be
invited to join the discussion with questions and comments.
The four distinguished panellists are David Schindler, Killam Memorial
Professor of Ecology at the University of Alberta and founder of the
Experimental Lakes Project; Hanne Ostergaard, Professor of Medical
Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Alberta; Nils Petersen,
Professor of Chemistry and former Director General of the National
Institute for Nanotechnology; and Stephen Slemon, Professor of English
& Film Studies and President of the Association of Canadian College and
University Teachers of English.
"The Canadian Association of University Teachers is sponsoring town hall
meetings in cities across Canada to allow eminent scientists and
researchers to talk with the public about what is happening to research
and science in Canada," said James L. Turk, Executive Director of CAUT.
"Misguided government science policies are diverting funding away from
fundamental research, forcing the closing of vital research centres,
discontinuing the collection of essential data, and undermining
Canada's future as a scientific leader."
Turk said the town halls are a chance for the public and the scientists
to look at what is happening and discuss what should be done.
The Canadian Association of University Teachers is the national voice of
68,000 academic and general staff at universities and colleges across
the country. For more information on CAUT's "Get Science Right"
Campaign, visit getscienceright.ca.
SOURCE: Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
For further information:
James Turk, CAUT Executive Director, 613-277-0488 (cell)
Angela Regnier, CAUT Communications Officer, 613-601-6304 (cell); firstname.lastname@example.org (email)