Message from the Chair:
It is with great pleasure that I invite you to the second annual Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) being held October 20-22, 2010 in the heart of downtown Montréal, Québec. CSPC has been providing a unique opportunity for an inclusive national dialogue on the main issues of science policy in Canada.
Building on the immense success and positive impact of CSPC 2009 held in Toronto, Canada, last fall, which brought together over 400 scientists, policymakers, senior government officials and other stakeholders, we are pleased to provide a multi-sector, multi-disciplinary forum addressing current and future science policy challenges of critical importance globally.
CSPC 2010 features more than 50 speakers, 14 panels and 2 workshops, branded across 5 themes, along with hundreds of delegates representing numerous stakeholders who will discuss critical issues in Science and Technology policy in Canada – many of which have never been discussed at a forum on this scale.
Spurred on by a belief that Canada deserves an annual forum dedicated to science policy issues, the 2010 Conference’s motto is “Building Bridges for the Future of Science Policy”. We hope that you can join us in Montreal, Quebec this fall, as we continue our collective efforts in building a robust science policy network in Canada.
We encourage you to explore the conference website and visit often for exciting updates. I look forward to seeing you in October!
Dr. Mehrdad Hariri
Chair, Canadian Science Policy Conference 2010
CSPC has two main objectives:1. To identify and discuss current Canadian science policy.
2. To forge stronger links between stakeholders and policymakers.
The Canadian Science Policy Conference was initiated by young researchers and has subsequently received a groundswell of support from prominent members of the science community. CSPC 2009 keynote speakers included Dr. Bruce Alberts, Chief Editor, Science magazine and The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Canadian Federal Minister of State for Science and Technology.
Who AttendsEach year, CSPC is organized around issues of enduring and immediate concern to Canadian scientists, industry, government, and policy-makers. The Conference is designed to facilitate collaboration and networking amongst diverse groups including scientists and researchers from academia; senior representatives from industry, government, research granting agencies and funding bodies, and NGOs; science policy-makers; science writers and journalists; communications and government relations professionals; CEOs; R&D managers; heads of scientific associations; science studies scholars; students and trainees; and others with an interest in the intersection of policy with science and technology.
Shaping the direction of the Canadian Science Policy Conference are a National Advisory Committee and a National Honorary Committee. We are proud to have the enthusiastic support and endorsement of the following individuals (to name a few):
- Roderick Macdonald, President, Royal Society of Canada
- Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University, Montreal
- Dr. Alan Beaudet, President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
- Dr. Chad Gaffiled, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
- Mark Lievonen, President, Sanofi Pasteur Canada
- Peter Brenders, President and Chief Executive Officer, BIOTECanada