November 5, 2015
4:00pm to 10:00pm
West Atrium/LSC 2, UBC Life Sciences Institute, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver



Since its foundation in 1915, The University of British Columbia has been devoted to fostering a vibrant, prosperous research environment, especially in the life sciences. In order for this research to take place and be able to positively impact society as a whole, an understanding needs to exist between researchers and the policy makers responsible for providing research funding and regulations. However, in recent years, anti-science movements have created a mistrust of research in society, and tension between science and political power. This event aims to bridge the gap between science and politics in such a way as to inform individuals of the complexities of life sciences and the political and societal factors involved in ensuring that this research prospers.

The conference will begin with a series of workshops aimed at informing the general public of topics including science funding, science communication, biotechnology in BC, the influence of the media on science and policy making, and how treatments make their way from the lab to a clinical setting. This will be followed by a panel discussion about what the gap is, why it exists, and possible solutions for bridging this gap, moderated by the scientist and CBC host Dr. Jennifer Gardy. Panelists will include Dr. Pieter Cullis (Director of the LSI), Dr. Diane Finegood (President of Michael Smith Foundations), Dr. Natalie Dakers (former CEO of CDRD, now President and CEO of accel-rx) and other notable individuals involved in research, policy making, and industry.

The event will take place on Thursday, November 5th, starting at 4 pm in the UBC Life Sciences Institute. Interested graduate and undergraduate students, UBC and community members are invited to attend.  This is a free event but registration is required.

Food and refreshments will be provided.  For more information or if you have any questions, please email