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Partnering for the Public Good

Professor Abigail Payne, PhD, Director of PEDAL delivered a MacTalk on Partnering for the Public Good. The talk was part of Big Ideas, Better Cities, a series of public events that took place between September 2015 and April 2016 aimed at connecting the University to the Hamilton community

Nov 23, 2016

How can McMaster researchers and students help address some of the most pressing issues facing cities today?

That was the focus of Big Ideas, Better Cities, a series of public events that took place between September 2015 and April 2016 aimed at connecting the University to the Hamilton community and showcasing how McMaster research is helping cities respond to 21st century challenges.

“We wanted to build better bridges between the McMaster and Hamilton communities and both listen to their concerns and shine a light on how research can positively impact cities here in Ontario and around the world,” says Susan Searls Giroux, Associate Vice-President, Faculty, who led the initiative. “Our goal was to deepen and expand dialogue within our community, to learn more about the challenges facing cities, and to share the ways in which McMaster’s cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research can help address these challenges.”

Funded through Forward with Integrity– an initiative intended to enhance the University’s programs and activities in core areas including research excellence and McMaster’s relationship with the community– Big Ideas, Better Cities featured themes that focused on four areas of research strength including healthy aging, big data, healthy communities, and research related to climate change and the environment.

Throughout the event, McMaster experts from a number of Faculties delivered a series of 10-minute mini-lectures, or MacTalks, on topics ranging from how big data is being used to combat antibiotic resistance to how data is helping to reshape the urban landscape and build sustainable societies. The MacTalks included: Abigail Payne, PhD, Department of Economics 
Director of MacDATA Institute 
Director of the Public Economics Data Analysis Laboratory (PEDAL). Watch video