Small and medium size universities across Canada are critical for advancing Canadian economic development and prosperity. Research excellence takes place in all universities and has a strategic and significant impact to the development of a prosperous economy based on science and innovation in all communities in the country. National Science policies too often ignore or underestimate the crucial role and impact of small and medium size universities.
Without the contribution of small and medium size universities, national science capacity would be severely undermined. Likewise, without science policies that recognize the important contributions of these institutions, S&T impact on economic and social development would be severely hampered across the nation, and perhaps more particularly, in smaller communities where these universities are often located.
The panel is composed of key representatives from comprehensive small and medium size research universities across Canada, will present cases of research excellence and their impact on economic and social development, and proposed avenue for advancing Canada’ science policy.
Intended outcomes are of two folds: evidence of research excellence across the country and its impact on all communities; and, identification of risks to our national science capacity if the role of small and medium size universities is not adequately recognized and support by science policy in Canada.