THE INSTITUTE FOR GREEN AND OPEN SCIENCES (IGOS)
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The mission of the Institute for Green & Open Sciences (IGOS) is to encourage the pursuit of scientific discovery in a green and open manner that protects the environment while advancing knowledge, autonomy, health, justice, education, research ethics and collaboration across fields. The Institute welcomes the broadest possible range of sciences and arts with the aim of answering the deepest possible questions. The Institute began with the establishment of the first green and open neuroscience research program in Canada.
The Institute's goal is to serve as a home for a constellation of researchers, projects and laboratories that pursue the following purposes and aims:
1) RESEARCH, DISCOVERY & THE ENVIRONMENT: To develop open and sustainable research practices and theory that can answer fundamental and profound scientific questions with outcomes that improve the well-being of humans, other animals and the planet at multiple scales of interaction.
2) FREEDOM & AUTONOMY: To advance projects with the goal of understanding the mind and increasing individual agency -- not control. To study the boundaries of individuation and interactions between self, others and the environment. To foster peaceful, community minded and independent research that is free of military aims, profit motives and patents. To nurture the free exchange of ideas.
3) JUSTICE & ACCESSIBILITY: To help forward an understanding that social justice and environmental justice are mutually contingent aims. To counteract prejudice and discrimination. To apply universal design and other approaches that remove barriers in society.
4) DIVERSITY: To support social diversity, neurodiversity, and the diversity of ideas. To encourage projects that study, protect and restore biodiversity.
5) EDUCATION: To establish training programs, scholarships and awards for the education and support of scientists, creators, and thinkers that pursue a symbiotic relationship with the environment and ethical interactions with all living systems. To challenge academic stagnation and evolve dynamic non-hierarchical learning & knowledge structures.
6) OPEN COMMUNICATION: To embolden a free and transparent culture in the sciences for the dissemination of knowledge through open communication including: professional journals, conferences, academic repositories, databases, the press, public forums, the web, and emerging technologies.
7) COLLABORATIVE SPACES: To create the physical, cyber and conceptual spaces in which expertise from the sciences, the arts and the community-at-large can freely interact in order to solve trans-disciplinary issues relating to health, social justice, citizen science, the environment and access.
The Institute for Green and Open Sciences