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2016 Canadian Science Policy Conference started in Ottawa (Canada) today, Nov. 8, 2016

For those of us following from afar, the 2016 Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC), being held in Ottawa from Nov. 8 – 10, 2016, offers us Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram options, all of which you can find here.

There are a number of symposia sessions this morning, Nov. 8, 2016 (ET) but the conference proper doesn’t seem to get started until the afternoon. Here are a few of the sessions the organizers want to highlight (from a Nov. 4, 2016 CSPC announcement received via email),

CSPC 2016 kicks off with an exciting and informative Keynote Session. The Honorable Dr. Reza Moridi, Ontario Minister of Research, Innovation and Science (left), and Dr. Arthur McDonald, joint winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics (right) will address the significance of fundamental research in economic growth.  This discussion will be moderated by Victoria Kaspi, astrophysicist and a professor at McGill University. This session takes place on Tuesday, November 8 [2016], at 6:30 pm

Our second Keynote Session features Homa Hoodfar, a sociocultural anthropologist and professor emerita of anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal. She was detained while travelling in Iran and spent 112 days in jail there. She will speak on Science, Human Rights and Academic Freedom. This session will begin at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, November 9 [2016].

Plenary Session: Collaboration and Cooperation on the Challenge of Clean Energy: An International Perspective, Wednesday, November 9 [2016], at 8:30 am.

This plenary session brings together perspectives from global leaders in academia, government (Canadian and foreign), and industry. The panel will discuss potential innovative intergovernmental mechanisms that will enable all sectors to work together to bring about a transformation in clean energy S&T.

Plenary Session:  Converging Science: Fostering Innovation through a New Model of Transdisciplinary Research, Thursday, November 10 [2016], at 8:30 am.

This plenary session aims to address the following: identify opportunities and barriers to the convergence of disciplines and fields of research; discuss strategies that could be developed to enable the potential of convergence; and debate the possibility of developing and implementing new strategies and organizational structures that could improve the effectiveness of the Canadian research enterprise.

Panel: Building Capacity for Science Policy In Canada! organized by CSPC, Wednesday Nov 9 [2016], 1:30
We encourage everyone to attend this session and present recommendations and be part of the capacity building in Science Policy in Canada.

This is an interactive session that will discuss the practical recommendations on how to build capacity in science policy the gaps and priorities, and how CSPC can be more effective as a HUB for sharing resources, disseminating knowledge and becoming a Think-Do Tank in Science Policy.

You can still register for the conference, unless you’re a student (that category has sold out). If this is all too precipitate for you, there’s the 2017 CSPC, which for the third year in a row take place in Ottawa when it will celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.