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Innovation Policy focuses on putting the outputs of research (knowledge, technology) into use for broad socio-economic benefits. Innovation policies generally support and promote technology transfer, product, process development, validation, commercialization and scale up, national and regional innovation systems with the objective of improving productivity and competitiveness and driving economic growth and job creation. Social innovation is considered as an integral part of innovation policy. CSPC encourages nominations from all disciplines of science (natural sciences and engineering, social and human sciences, and health sciences) and from all sectors (governments at all levels, academia, private and non-profit sectors, media, and others).
The Science for Policy Award recognizes an individual who has distinguished themselves via the application and use of scientific research and knowledge to inform evidence-based decisions for public policy and regulations.
The Policy for Science Award recognizes an individual who has pioneered policies and practices to improve the development of new technologies, capacity building and research infrastructure.
Science Policy is inclusive of both policy for science and science for policy. Policy for Science focuses on management of science enterprises, i.e., the generation of new knowledge, the development of new technology, capacity building, training highly qualified personnel and research infrastructure. In general, the key targets of policy for science are post-secondary institutions, research funding organizations and government science-based departments and agencies. Science for policy is the application and use of scientific research and knowledge to inform evidence-based decisions for public policy and regulations in all policy areas, not limited to but including public-interest policy priorities such as health, environment, national security, education, and criminal justice and others.
Presentation Results of the CSPC Parliamentarian Survey
We aimed to understand how the perception and usage of science in Parliament for policymaking may have shifted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We approached this through conducting a survey of Parliamentarians, including Members of Parliament (MPs), Senators, and their staff, with questions focused on the science-policy interface. The objectives of this survey are to inform Parliamentarians of the role of science in the work of their peers and to help academics, scientists, and public servants better prepare and communicate scientific information to decision-makers.”
Mehrdad Hariri, Founder and CEO of the Canadian Science Policy Centre
Presentation of the Survey by:
The aim of this Parliamentarian Survey is to understand how the perception and usage of science in Parliament for policymaking may have shifted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We approached this by conducting a survey of Parliamentarians, including Members of Parliament (MPs), Senators, and their staff, with questions focused on the science-policy interface. The objectives of this survey are to inform Parliamentarians of the role of science in the work of their peers and to help academics, scientists, and public servants better prepare and communicate scientific information to decision-makers. The panel tackled questions such as: “How important is scientific knowledge in the process of decision-making?”, “How accessible is the scientific knowledge to policymakers?”, “What are the challenges of communicating scientific information?”
Words Matter: Science Advice in Linguistic Realities
Organized by: FRQ
Moderator: Kristiann Allen
Speakers: Jacques Verraes, Soledad Quiroz-Valenzuela, Dr. Frédéric Bouchard
Notetaker: Katerina Armela Tzotzi
Panel Date: November 18th, 2022
Kristiann Allen, Executive secretary of the International Network for Governmental Science Advice (INGSA)
Many researchers have analyzed, documented, and modeled the relationship between science and policy making, though often they conclude that “it’s complicated”. Operating at the science-policy interface mobilizes our intuitions and cultural background in addition to our formal knowledge, yet this aspect is rarely examined. While INGSA (International Network for Governmental Science Advice) is working on the deployment of its French-speaking division on the one hand, and its European chapter on the other, they are also exploring opportunities and complexities of multicultural and multilingual contexts through a catalytic research project based in Europe. This panel was a chance to generate discussion on some of the questions at the science-policy interfaces and how to operate in multicultural or multilingual contexts. Questions addressed included: How can we think of linguistic and cultural diversity as an enriching factor to generate evidence? Starting with the example of the Francophonie and expanding to other contexts, panelists took a closer look at Canadian and European realities.