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
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
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 Definition
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.
The complexity of developing and scaling meaningful climate education and action-oriented programs for diverse audiences during an era of misinformation, disinformation and skepticism cannot be overstated. This panel will share insights from projects that educate youth, educators and the public about climate change. The interactive session will showcase: international research about climate change education; Canadian research conducted by high school students about desired programming features; school projects; and national public communication efforts by researchers. Audience participation in this session will contribute to defining essential elements and shaping next steps to catalyze and support climate action.
How can the academic community encourage young researchers to become involved in science policy?
Bringing together decision-makers and the research community is essential to ensure that public policies are based on the best evidence. In this regard, the next generation of researchers has an essential role to play. The academic community can have a positive impact on the participation of the next generation of researchers in public policy by putting in place the conditions for such involvement. This panel will answer questions such as: “How do we establish an effective communication canal between young researchers and elected officials? What role(s) can principal investigators play in this context?”.
Science and The Next Generation: Authentic Engagement with Youth in Science and Science Policy
This all-youth panel will showcase different ways that diverse youth voices are influencing science and science policy, with an interactive youth-led conversation rooted in the promise of Canada’s Youth Policy. Youth participants with experience in sectors including aerospace, computer science, education, justice, and health research bring their perspectives on engaging in policy development and related discussions, including touching on some of the benefits and their critiques of specific youth engagement frameworks.