Lecture series turns to science

Dr. Katie Gibbs, with Evidence for Democracy, will speak to Evidence for Democracy: Is Science on the Rise? Tuesday, Jan. 19

Some wonder if science will play an increasing role in government decision-making.

Dr. Katie Gibbs, with Evidence for Democracy, will speak to Evidence for Democracy: Is Science on the Rise? Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus.

Gibbs argues that government actions in recent years have weakened the country’s foundation for informed decision-making.

These changes, she says, have happened in three distinct ways: a reduction in the ability of government scientists to communicate their research to the public, the erosion of fundamental research and environmental monitoring among other science initiatives, and a reduction in the role scientific evidence plays in policy decisions.

“The impacts of these changes go far beyond science. Science and evidence are essential elements of a functioning democracy, which requires informed citizens and transparent decision-making.”

She adds that the recent changes invoked by the Liberal government are promising but there is still much work to be done.

Admission is $7 in advance or $10 at the door. For advanced tickets, call the Okanagan Science Centre at 250-545-3644. To subscribe or obtain more information visit okanagansisss.wordpress.com.

Presented jointly by Okanagan College and the Okanagan Science Centre, the Science in Society Speaker Series is sponsored by the Vernon Atrium Hotel and Conference Centre, Starbucks Coffee, Cooper’s Foods, and The Morning Star.