Honestly, four years of holding a national conference in Ottawa, Ontario? Perhaps they could call it the Ottawa-Canadian Science Policy Conference. (loud sigh from the other side of the country)
Mild ire aside, this will be the 10th year for the conference and the founders and organizers should be congratulated on their extraordinary efforts. Given how difficult it is to organize national organizations anywhere, let alone in Canada, and the dearth of active national science organizations, the folks behind the Canadian Science Policy Conference should be lauded. The first and most prominent name that jumps to mind is Mehrdad Hariri* although I’m sure there are others. Happy 10th Anniversary!
From a February 14, 2018 CSPC announcement (received via email),
CSPC 2018: Building Bridges Between Science, Policy, and Society
CSPC is excited to announce the 10th Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC 2018) will be held in Ottawa, Ontario, on November 7-9th, 2018, at the Delta Hotel!
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of CSPC, scientists, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, politicians, journalists, students and many others from across the country are invited to the nation’s capital.
Join us to explore, discuss, exchange ideas, and mobilize knowledge regarding the present and future of Canadian science, technology, and innovation policy. For more information visit our website at www.sciencepolicy.ca
Call for Panel Proposals
The CSPC 2018 call for panel proposals is now open! Proposals can be in a variety of presentation formats that revolve around any of the conference themes. The diversity of presentation formats throughout the conference makes it possible for delegates and organizations to share their thoughts, views, and experiences in an interactive and engaging manner. Proposals by organizations and individuals from across all sectors and disciplines are welcome.
Here are the CSPC 2018 Themes:
- Science and Policy
- Science and Society
- Science, Innovation, and Economic Development
- Science and International Affairs
- Science and The Next Generation
The deadline for submitting proposals is April 13, 2018.\
They’re asking for 2018 conference volunteers,
Call for CSPC 2018 Volunteers
CSPC 2017 was the best conference yet and planning for CSPC 2018 to make it even better is already underway. You can make an impact in Canadian science policy and a significant contribution to positive change and innovation by answering the call for volunteers today!
Make sure you seize this great opportunity to learn more about the interface of science and policy.
There’s also a request for essays on the 2018 Canadian federal budget,
Contribute to CSPC’s featured editorial:
“Science and Innovation in the Federal Budget 2018”
There is great anticipation for the Federal budget 2018 in the science and innovation community. CSPC invites you to write an opinion piece for the upcoming CSPC featured editorial.
The deadline for submission is Friday, March 2, 2018.
Articles must be 600 – 800 words and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Articles will be published on the CSPC website and will be widely shared in CSPC social media channels as well as in the upcoming newsletters.
Finally, there’s a trailer for Neil Turok’s 2017 conference keynote address (Turok is the director for the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and his whole talk will be available soon),
I once went a talk by Dr. Turok and I’m glad to see he’s not relying on his written notes to the point where he seems to be reading in doubletime so he can be finished.
I am getting a little tired of hearing about how great Canada is and this talk seems self-aggrandizing in currently fashionable language. Well, perhaps I’m just feeling the embarrassment of watching the Trudeau family traipse around India on an official trip in a variety of costumes that seem dated and over the top.
*Mehrdad Harirri corrected to Mehrdad Hariri on November 1, 2018.