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Policy & Society

The world’s most complex challenges — climate change, disease, global security, sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and the protection of human rights — require well-informed and coordinated efforts by governments, public institutions, NGOs, and the private sector. Governments around the world are moving towards mechanisms that allow myriad inputs and effects to be considered. Science and research are just one input in the policy process.

Researchers within CIFAR programs are shaping the implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) into our everyday lives; identifying cultural and social frameworks that enable greater and equitable prosperity; understanding the biocultural context to host-microbiome interactions; and, improving understanding of the social determinants of health, including poverty, inequality and early childhood experiences.

CIFAR works to promote understanding of emerging science and scholarship and implications for policy so that policymakers are better prepared for emerging issues and disruption; to ensure research is informed by current policy and societal challenges.

Why:
To promote understanding of emerging science and scholarship and implications for policy so that policymakers are better prepared for emerging issues/disruption; to ensure research is informed by current policy and societal challenges.

Who:
CIFAR Fellows and thought leaders from government, international development, public health, and other policy experts.

What:
Intimate, invitation-only cross-sectoral conversations that are tailored to foster exchange of relevant and timely knowledge and ideas across research and practice

Impact in Progress at CIFAR

Learning in Machines & Brains
With industry and experts in policy and law, we are addressing complex ethical issues in the implementation of AI.

Successful Societies
With advocates and change makers, we are addressing underexplored aspects of social inequality to combat extreme and persistent inequality.

Humans & the Microbiome
Working with public health leaders, we are exploring how microbiome research can inform the development of public health programs, practices and policies.

Child & Brain Development
With international development leaders, we are exploring how early life experiences and neuroscience research can inform adversity intervention programs.