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Global Young Academy Conference and AGM

Global Young Academy: May 27, 2015

High-level Panel on “The Changing Map of Innovation” (8:30am to 10:00am) Twitter #gyagm2015

If you wish to access information on the Interactive Session (10:30am — 12:00pm) please click here.

As the moderator of the High-level Panel on “The Changing Map of Innovation”, I am pleased to present what I hope is an innovative approach to knowledge sharing, community building and feedback at the 2015 GYA May 27th morning sessions. This “open experiment” encourages users of Medium.com platform to tinker with, contribute to, or simply follow the conversation.

Medium.com is a relatively new blogging platform that due to its simplicity can be utilized in all sorts of creative ways especially in connecting people with ideas, and ideas with people. Want to join the conversation? Create an account on Medium.com in six simple steps.

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Hanan Anis, Professor, University of Ottawa

Hanan Anis, University of Ottawa, co-founder of the uOttawa Makerspace

“In the near future, imagine children in your neighborhood anticipating the arrival of the maker mobile just like when we used to eagerly await for the ice cream truck.”

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Connor Dickie, Co-Founder and CEO, Synbiota Inc.

Connor Dickie, Co-founder and CEO, Synbiota Inc.

“It’s cool to create an iPhone app or to create a website but it’s way cooler to create a living app that grows and replicates and produces really cool products.” quoted from Synbiota DNA Tinker Kit on Youtube.

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Jessie MacAlpine, Student Researcher, University of Toronto National Scholar

Jessie MacAlpine, Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 Recipient (video)

“Your most valuable possession is your curiosity; questions are the foundation of innovation.”

“If children are taught to cultivate the creativity they are born with, it will result in a generation of innovators who are able to pursue science with the unique mindset and innocent wonder necessary for promoting the serendipity of discovery.” quoted from: The Science Fair effect — how youths are reinventing our world: Jessie MacAlpine at TEDxUofT

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David Pantalony, Curator, Canada Science and Technology Museum

David Pantalony, Curator, Canada Science and Technology Museum

“Around the world, collections of historic scientific instruments serve to broaden our experience and imagination; they will be an essential source of diversity in the growing knowledge economy.”

“Instrument making is one of the most underrated sources of creativity and change in the sciences.” from talk on Made in Saskatchewan: Nuclear Medicine Innovation and Impact

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Remco Volmer, Managing Director, Artengine

Remco Volmer, Managing Director, Artengine and Lead Organizer Ottawa Maker Faire

“If you attempt to marry and equate art with science, then you fail. If you allow what is not similar about art and science, and their different methods and processes, to co-exist and thrive, then a real art/science collaboration and aesthetic will emerge. But at the end of the day, art and science are united by one logic and one impulse — both are attempts to understand what it is to be human and the world around us.”Keith Tyson, extracted from article on Collide@CERN

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Kathrina Yambao,
Public Health Agency of Canada

Kathrina Yambao, Senior Policy Analyst at Public Health Agency of Canada

“As was the case for Nobel’s own invention of dynamite, the uses that are made of increased knowledge can serve both beneficial and potentially harmful ends. Increased knowledge clearly implies increased responsibility” — Nicolaas Bloembergen (Nobel Speech December 1981, Les Prix Nobel 1981)

Question to be addressed to the full panel and GYA attendees:

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DIY CO2 IncubatorBioreactor for Mammalian Cell Culture (photo lifted from PellingLab.net)

The lack of standard lab equipment is a serious limitation to scientific research in many parts of the world. Projects like Andrew Pelling’s DIY CO2 Bioreactor (pictured left) and Manu Prakash’s origami-based, print-and-fold optical microscope or “Foldscope” have the potential to assist emerging regions in building their own lab equipment with readily available off the shelf components. Is there a future for “Frugal Science”?

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