Canadian Science Policy 2013 Conference call for proposals

Here’s the Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) 2013 call straight from a Mar. 19, 2013 email announcement,

 Announcing the 5th Canadian Science Policy Conference

Mark your calendar for the upcoming CSPC 2013 conference, to be held at the Allstream Centre in Toronto, Ontario from November 20 to 22, 2013.

After 5 years, CSPC is returning to Toronto to host an expanded, diversified and richer science policy conference. The conference offers a unique platform for diverse groups of stakeholders to connect at the national level, to exchange ideas on key issues in science, technology and innovation policy, and to craft a future based on strong, dynamic, and innovative policy-making for the benefit of all Canadians. Under the title of “ScienceNext: Incubating Innovation and Ingenuity”, the conference will provide a unique opportunity to facilitate discussion among diverse groups of science policy stakeholders.

Help shape our country’s science and innovation policy landscape by ensuring you are a part of CSPC 2013. CSPC 2013 is inviting all individuals and organizations from across the country to design their own dynamic and innovative panel sessions.

Panels should be aligned with conference themes and should appeal to an audience with diverse backgrounds. We would also like to engage graduate students and participants in the private sector for whom science and innovation policy is highly relevant.

•    Private Sector R&D and Innovation: New Realities and New Models
•    Emerging Trends: Science & Technology in International Trade and Diplomacy
•    Science and Technology Communication
•    Graduate Studies and Research Training: Prospects in a Changing Environment
•    Emerging Issues in Canadian Science Policy     PRESENTATION STREAMS

For the first time CSPC offers multiple panel formats, or streams:
•    Case studies
•    Panel discussions
•    Participatory workshops
•    Policy solutions and proposals
These themes and presentation streams aim to facilitate insightful discussion and encourage interdisciplinary collaborations. For more information on criteria of panel submissions and panel streams please visit

To submit a proposal, please prepare a brief outline that includes:
•    The title and subject of your session
•    Panel format (streams listed above)
•    Details of proposed session: introduction, importance, relevance (500 words max)
•    Proposed speakers (including bios)
Proposals must be submitted online by end of day on Friday, May 17, 2013. Forms will be available soon. More information can be found online at

CSPC is also looking for sponsors (supporter), advertising (community partner), and volunteers,


CSPC 2013 in Toronto (November 20-22) offers a range of opportunities for organizations interested in supporting science and innovation policy dialogue and collaboration in Canada. Raise the profile of your organization by supporting a panel, special event or the overall conference today!

The 5th annual Canadian Science Policy Conference is expected to attract 600+ participants and 100+ expert panelists and speakers to Toronto’s exciting new Allstream Conference Centre.

Supporters will also benefit from CSPC’s extensive national and international community networks and social media presence, as well as mainstream media coverage of the conference.

For more information, contact


The Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) invites your organization to become a Community Partner for CSPC 2013!

Community Partners help in building a national science and innovation policy dialogue and spread the word about the upcoming CSPC conference. This would primarily involve publicizing CSPC 2013 to boost awareness and attendance. You can become a Community Partner by helping us with any of the following:

Include CSPC announcements in your newsletter

Circulate CSPC relevant news through your mailing list

Include a link to CSPC on your website

Donate advertising space to CSPC

Support the development of a strong science policy conference in Canada! To find out more about becoming a Community Partner and what your organization can do to support CSPC 2013, please contact:


We are looking for innovative and enthusiastic individuals to help make the 5th anniversary of CSPC our best conference yet. For more information, please click here or contact:


CSPC 2013 is open to anyone with an interest in science policy: industrial and academic researchers, scholars, senior representatives from industry, government policy-makers (federal, territorial, provincial, local), research granting agencies and funding bodies, NGOs, entrepreneurs, students and trainees, writers and journalists, communications and government relations professionals, CEOs, R&D managers, and heads of scientific associations.

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