It’s a little early to be talking about a conference being held in November but if you want to save money, this would be the time to register for the 2016 Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) being held in Ottawa (the nation’s capital) from Nov. 8 -10, 2016. Here’s more about the conference and preconference programmes from an Aug. 25, 2016 notice (received by email),
CSPC 2016 C features several pre-conference opportunities for you to choose from.
A total six of events will take place on Tuesday November 8 , before the CSPC conference. Four symposia and a workshop 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and one roundtable runs from 1 – 3 pm. You can register for these events separately or combine them with your conference registration.
1st Canadian symposium on“Achieving Diversity in STEM, Advancing Innovation,” – organized by Faculty of Science, Ryerson University
2nd National Symposium on “Science Diplomacy” – organized by CSPC
2nd National Symposium on “Evidence-Based Decision Making” – organized by Council of Canadian Academies
1st Canadian Symposium on “Space Policy” – organized by Canadian Space Commerce Association
Workshop: “Science Policy 101” – organized by CSPC
The Role of Early Career Scientists in Research Policy Development, as part of 2016 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research Program, organized by Friends of CIHR (FCIHR)
More information on program page
They are still adding to the programme but here are a few session titles that are available (from the CSPC 2016 program page),
Fertile Ground: How Incubators and Accelerators Drive Innovation / Un terrain fertile : comment les incubateurs et les accélérateurs stimulent l’innovation
Science for diplomacy, have we got what it takes? / La science au service de la diplomatie ; avons-nous ce qu’il faut ?
A Systems-based Approach to Evidence-Based Policy Decision-Making: Skills, Tools & Mindset for Effective Decision Making / Une approche systémique pour la prise de décisions éclairées par des données probantes en matière de politiques : compétences, outil
Driving Innovation through Health Research – the role stemcell & regenerative medicine sector / Impulser l’innovation au moyen de la recherche en santé : le rôle des secteurs des cellules souches et de la médecine régénératrice
Linking Science Producers to Users, A Case Study: Designing a proposed pan-Canadian oil spill research Network of Expertise / L’établissement de liens entre les producteurs et les utilisateurs de la science, une étude de cas : la conception d’un projet pa [sic]
TED Talk Innovation 2: a) Entrepreneurial Skills Training for the New Economy: Case Studies; b) Partnered Innovation: The Role of Colleges in Canada’s Innovation Ecosystem; c) Alberta – The Illusion and Impact of Sustained Prosperity
It’s exciting to see the CSPC grow with a number of new preconference programs and some new directions for the conference program but there are a couple of areas for which there aren’t any sessions (yet?): (a) science communication, (b) risk, and (c) public engagement with emerging technology. I’m particularly concerned with the emerging technology topic,. For example, with the emergence of robots and increasingly sophisticated AI (artificial intelligence) systems, it would be nice to see a session or two devoted to future public policy issues.
I have previously featured the 2016 CSPC in a May 19, 2016 posting about their call for proposals and the conference themes,
From a May 4, 2016 call for proposals (received via email), here are the conference themes and information about submitting ideas,
Here are CSPC 2016 Themes:
A New Culture of Policy Making and Evidence-Based Decision-Making: Horizons and Challenges
A New Innovation Agenda or Canada: What are we building?
Science Funding Review: New Visions and New Directions
Clean Energy and Climate Change as Global Priorities: Implications for Canada?
Canada’s Return to the International Stage: How Can Science Help Foreign Policy?
Super saver registration ends on Sept. 6, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST, presumably.