Marc Saner


Marc Saner
Director, Institute for Science, Society & Policy and Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, Faculty of Arts

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Marc Saner


Marc Saner is the inaugural Director of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy (since July 1, 2010), and an Associate Professor in the University of Ottawa Department of Geography.

Prior to this appointment, he served as Executive Director, Regulatory Governance Initiative, School of Public Policy and Administration, at Carleton University, and Director of Assessments and Executive Vice-President of the Council of Canadian Academies. Previously, Dr. Saner was a Director at the Institute on Governance where he built the Ethics and Risk Management Sector and co-managed the Technology and Governance Program.

For the last decade, his primary interest has been multi-disciplinary work at the intersection of science, ethics and governance. He holds a PhD in applied ecology from the University of Basel, Switzerland (1991) as well as an MA in applied ethics from Carleton University (1999).

Dr. Saner publishes in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of technology ethics, bioethics, risk management, biotechnology and ecology and has been invited to speak at seminars, workshops and international conferences around the world. He was also appointed Adjunct Research Professor in Philosophy and in Biology at Carleton.


He does research on environmental ethics, science policy interface, evidence based decision making, governance of modern technology and on the environmental regulation.

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