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Science/Policy Conferences

Where scientists, policy makers, and Ursinus students gather to develop “sound policy from credible science.”

The CSCG joins the Institute on Science for Global Policy (the ISGP) to host yearly conferences on the Ursinus campus organized in the signature ISGP format. In these conferences, Ursinus students are full partners in science-policy discussions that include internationally-recognized scientists and policy-makers from government, the private sector, and the community.

2015 - Safeguarding the American Food Supply

A 2-day conference focusing on Safeguarding the American Food Supply sponsored by Sigma Xi, The Institute on Science for Global Policy and the Ursinus College Center for Science and the Common Good.

Conference Format: Conference participants will receive the debate papers before the two-day event and are encouraged to read them and form critical opinions. On April 10th (Day 1), participants will sit in the audience, observe the three position paper debates, and be given the opportunity to submit questions to the moderator. On April 11th (Day 2), participants will become members of caucus groups and will directly contribute to the synthesis of Areas of Consensus and Actionable Next Steps derived from the preceding day’s debates. Additionally, two participants will be selected from each group to represent their caucus during the Plenary Session prior to the conference’s conclusion

2014 - Pandemic Preparedness

Ursinus students and faculty who participated in the conference Emerging and Persistent Infectious Diseases: Focus on Pandemic Preparedness, were looking toward the next step: published actionable recommendations for policymakers addressing scientific and technological issues facing societies as they relate to pandemic preparedness. 

Some 55 Ursinus students participated, along with peers from Muhlenberg, Whittier and Eckerd colleges. The conference, explained ISGP Director George Atkinson, was a pilot for other conferences which will include undergraduate students at the table. Sixteen Ursinus students had prepared by taking a course with Dr. Tony Lobo: “Pathogens, Pandemics and Preparedness.”

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