Registration for 2024 Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC): Empowering Society… in November 20 – 22, 2024

After celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2023 with an eye-watering price increase of over 20% for most categories (e.g., a standard registration rose from $990 to $1200 for the conference and gala dinner at the super saver rate; see my July 28, 2023 posting for more details), the Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) has increased its prices by a little over 4% this year (e.g., $1250 for the conference and gala dinner at the super saver rate)..Of course, the inflation rate in Canada, according to the latest statistics (Statistics Canada June 25, 2024 news release) was 2.9% in May 2024.

Here are the currently available details about the 2024 conference, from the What To Expect webpage (apparently the conference is going be ‘spectacular’),

This year’s conference is in person from Nov 20th to 22nd [2024] with spectacular panels and programs.

CSPC 2024 features a spectacular program in different formats:

Wednesday, Nov 20th

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Symposiums (5 themes)
(In Person Only)

Include 15+ sessions:

• Brain Strategy
• Braiding Knowledges Canada
• Equity,  Diversity and Inclusion
• Innovation Policy
• Youth Entrepreneurship

Thursday, Nov 21st – Friday, Nov 22nd

Main Conference
(In-Person Only)

• 50+ Concurrent Sessions
• 5 Plenary Sessions
• Three Luncheon Talks
• Three Breakfast Sessions
• Networking
• Gala Dinner

CSPC 2024 is expecting over 1000 participants, and 300+ speakers from across the globe, presenting in 50+ panel sessions covering a wide range of topics grouped in six tracks.

The conference will include a spectacular [emphasis mine] Gala Dinner featuring the Award Ceremony, which has become a signature annual event to celebrate Canadian science and innovation policy achievements.

CSPC 2024 attracts current and future leaders from all sectors and communities of science, innovation, technology, and policy across the country and internationally to discuss the challenges and solutions of our time.

Regarding Day 1, I can guess but really don’t know what ‘brain strategy’ or ‘braiding knowledges’ mean. Innovation is usually code for ‘business’, i.e., how can money be made? The other two seem self-explanatory.

Regarding Days 2 & 3, you can find our about the themes for the five conference tracks for the 50+ sessions on the CSPC 2024 Themes webpage.


From the CSPC 2024 registration webpage,

Registration Rates

All rates are subject to 13% HST tax.

Conference and Symposiums: 3 Lunches, 3 breakfasts, refreshment breaks, and one reception. Gala Dinner is included in the Standard registration category.

All summer – Sept 1st
Conference OnlyConference + Symposiums
Special SuperSaver Deal:
Symposium is Free up to $300 savings
Standard (Gala dinner included)$1250
Student/Post Doctoral$250
Early Bird
Sept. 2nd – Oct. 5th
Conference OnlyConference + Symposiums
$200 savings
Standard (Gala dinner included)$1250$1350
Student/Post Doctoral$300$350
Regular Rate
Oct 6th – Nov 16th
Conference OnlyConference + Symposiums
$200 savings
Standard (Gala dinner included)$1400$1500
Student/Post Doctoral$350$400
Other (Conference Only)Cost
Speaker One Day (Day of presentation)$250
Speaker full conference (Conference + Symposiums)$500
Exhibitor Booth Staff$800
Symposiums Only (Wednesday, November 20th)Cost
Student/Post Doctoral$100
Gala Dinner Tickets Only (Wednesday, November 20th)Cost
Conference Delegates (Students)$99
Conference Delegates (Academic / Non-profits)$150
Other (not registered for conference)$300
Table (10)$2750

Register Now!

Register Here (English)

Register Here (French)

To sum up, the 16th Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) is being held November 20th-22nd, 2024, at the Westin Ottawa hotel. This is the second posting about the conference here, the first was my April 1, 2024 posting (scroll down to the “2024 Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC): call for proposals” subhead.

For anyone who isn’t familiar with the Canadian science police scene, these conferences are organized by the Canadian Science Policy Centre (CSPC). Yes, they use same abbreviation for the conferences and the centre.

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