Institute for Science, Society and Policy
University of Ottawa

Member since 2015

Our vision for the ISSP is to be the go-to place for science, technology and innovation (STI) dialogue, respected widely in Canada and abroad. Our mission is to build the knowledge and capacity to reach this goal. The ISSP carries out research, public outreach and education on three themes:

• Policy for STI: R&D and STI policies, regulations, standards, and codes
• STI for Policy: Use of evidence (and new technologies) in decision-making
• STI in Society: Public controversies, ethics and governance

The integration of these three themes is both essential and unique; there is no other centre in Canada with such an inclusive scope. We value inter-disciplinarity, with the aim to bridge the interface between science and policy, in a manner that is impartial, practical, international, and cutting edge.

VIRI Leader Marc Saner is director of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy and associate professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Ottawa. 

Selected RRI Publications

ISSP Innovation Decalogue. See:

Saner, Marc. 2013. "The Role of Adaptation in the Governance of Emerging Technologies." In Innovative Governance Models for Emerging Technologies, eds. Gary E. Marchant, Kenneth W. Abbott, and Braden Allenby. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, 92-107.​

Saner, Marc, E. Heafey, and D. Bowman. 2013. "Mapping the Regulatory Environment for Nanomaterials in Canada." Nanotechnology Law & Business 9 (4): 343-367.

Saner, Marc and A. Stoklosa. 2013. "Commercial, Societal and Administrative Benefits from the Analysis and Clarification of Definitions: The Case of Nanomaterials." Creativity and Innovation Management 22 (1): 26-36.

Saner, Marc and  J. Geelen. 2012. "Identity in a Technological Society: Governance Implications." In Handbook of Research on Technoself: Identity in a Technological Society, ed. R. Luppicini. , Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 720-741.


Recent ISSP News Items

  • Monday, February 16, 2015

    Five new members have been accepted to VIRI. They include the University of Basque Country in Spain, the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, the University of Ottawa in Canada, the University of Szeged in Hungary, and the Zvi Meitar Institute for...


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VIRI is supported by the National Science Foundation under collective agreement #1257246.

VIRI is housed at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University.