Vancouver Sunday Meeting: Alexa Tanner - Can we use science and our values to save us from natural disasters?

The Amsterdam Declaration of Humanism says science "must be tempered by human values" and that we should seek to apply the principles of democracy as broadly as possible.

So how can scientific knowledge be combined with values, and can it be done in a deliberative decision-making process?

Alexa Tanner is a PhD student at UBC's Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. She is studying how people perceive and make decisions pertaining to natural disaster risk, supervised by Dr. Stephanie Chang. Her work addresses the social aspects of natural disasters with an emphasis on earthquakes and flooding.

Her work couples science, risk management and public policy decisions. She's studied flooding and flood mitigation and how poor decision making processes can have ripple effects, for example Springbank in Calgary. She is also involved in a project studying maritime transportation disruptions (primarily from earthquakes) in BC and local risk governance.

All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members.

The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.

Click here for more details on how to find the Centre. Our events are independent of the Seniors' Centre and are open to people of all ages and backgrounds.

July 08, 2018 at 10am - 12pm
Oakridge Seniors Centre
650 W 41st Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Z 2M9
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