Innovation Policy encompasses all policies governing the innovation ecosystem, including social innovation. It 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. 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, criminal justice and others.
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. Policy for Science focuses on management of science enterprises, the production of new knowledge, the development of new technology, capacity building, training highly quality 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 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.
Short Talk 322: Canada: Medical Isotope Superpower for the Next Generation of Nuclear Medicine Short Talk 135: Canadian Network of Scientific Platforms Short Talk 587: International STEM Internships: Science Diplomacy and Global Safety & Security Short Talk 323: Responsible Innovation in Neurotechnology: the OECD stays ahead of the curve Short Talk 267: Agents of Disinformation: How External Forces Have Corroded Public Trust Towards Science and Affected Science-Based Policy, and a Possible Solution for the Future.
Short Talk 322: Canada: Medical Isotope Superpower for the Next Generation of Nuclear Medicine Theme: Science, Innovation and Economic Development Organized by: TRIUMF Innovations Speaker:Ms. Kathryn Hayashi See Panel Detials
There is a new renaissance in nuclear medicine – innovative radiopharmaceuticals are being developed that may provide hope to cancer patients and have failed conventional therapies, and provide new economic development opportunities for Canada that leverage our past investments in cyclotron and reactor infrastructure and expertise. Academia, industry, and government are coming together to strengthen our medical isotope ecosystem and position Canada as a global leader in next generation radiotherapies and radiodiagnostics.
Short Talk 135: Canadian Network of Scientific Platforms Theme: Science and Policy Organized by: McGill University/Canadian Network of Scientific Platforms (CNSP) Speaker:Dr. Claire M. Brown See Panel Detials
The Canadian Network of Scientific Platforms (CNSP) represents 194 scientific platforms from 31 institutions housing ~$1B worth of infrastructure investments by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, provincial funding agencies, and corporate partners. Scientific platforms are centralized open access hubs of research centered around specialized expertise and advanced research infrastructure and services. The platforms train thousands of highly qualified personnel in the latest technologies and provide advanced research support to accelerate science. This presentation will describe the CNSP community, outline the current funding landscape and discuss fundamental policy changes needed to build a stronger foundation for Scientific Platform sustainability to support Canadian research.
Short Talk 587: International STEM Internships: Science Diplomacy and Global Safety & Security Theme: Science and the Next Generation Organized by: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Speakers:Giovanni Fusina, Kristin Wyckoff See Panel Detials
The Department of Homeland Security Directorate of Science and Technology (DHS S&T) and Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC) piloted an international internship program in 2022. The program offered internships to students majoring in sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines with direct safety and security mission application. For Summer 2022, two students were selected as the first international interns, and conducted research in public safety and security areas of mutual U.S.-CA interest in Ottawa, Canada. The goal of the internship is to promote a diverse, educated, and skilled pool of STEM professionals and a workforce experienced and passionate for international cooperation in public safety and security.
Short Talk 323: Responsible Innovation in Neurotechnology: the OECD stays ahead of the curve Theme: Science, Innovation and Economic Development Organized by: Health Canada Speaker:Andrew Atkinson See Panel Detials
Neurotechnologies play an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health and neurological disorders. While recent advances in neurotechnologies are redefining what is possible in terms of improving mental health and wellbeing, they also raise a range of ethical, legal, and societal questions. To assist governments and innovators in addressing some of these challenges, the OECD adopted the Recommendation on Responsible Innovation in Neurotechnology. The OECD is now looking to its member states to socialize and implement this recommendation. This presentation will provide an overview of the recommendation and its relevance to the innovation landscape.
Short Talk 267: Agents of Disinformation: How External Forces Have Corroded Public Trust Towards Science and Affected Science-Based Policy, and a Possible Solution for the Future. Theme: Science and Society Organized by: Genome Prairie Speaker:Tony Bassett See Panel Detials
Why is there so much mistrust today in science and in science experts? Why has knowledge primarily taken a backseat to hyperbole and disinformation within public debate and policy development? This presentation will examine how a template of disinformation was meticulously constructed more than 75 years ago and how that template has been repeatedly used to sew doubt about critical issues facing humanity, including climate change and resistance to research-generated solutions in the public interest, like vaccination. The presentation will examine the challenge of disinformation and a possible solution developed by a group of Arkansas scientists in the United States.
Short Talks: Session Two
Short Talk 696: North-by-North: A Leader in Advancing Self-determination in Research Short Talk 589: Graduate & Postdoctoral Development: Towards a National Strategy Short Talk 111: Causal Analysis is Key to Linking Science with Policy for Managing Canada’s Natural Resources Short Talk 119: The Open Climate Campaign: Opening Access to Climate and Biodiversity Knowledge Short Talk 286: Redefining Science Identity: Building a New National Framework to Diversity Engagement and Trust in Science
Co-created by partners across Canada’s North, the North-by-North Program is a leader in advancing self-determination in research, supporting Northerners in the design and implementation of research in the North, and building capacity for research and training activities that respond to northern and community needs. This talk describes the two sub-programs, the Inuit Qaujisarnirmut Pilirijjutit and the Northern Research Leaders Program, discusses the innovation these programs bring to the Northern research ecosystem, challenges faced during their development, and gives voice to the need for an integrated and collaborative approach to sustaining investment in Northern research and training.
Short Talk 589: Graduate & Postdoctoral Development: Towards a National Strategy Theme: Science and the Next Generation Organized by:Canadian Association for Graduate Studies Speaker:Dr. Lauren Tracey See Panel Detials
CAGS and GPDN released a report and first-of-its-kind database of workshops, experiential learning, work-integrated learning, individual development plans, and active career management offerings across the country for trainees. We will summarize how research institutions support sustainable and diverse career paths for graduate and postdoctoral scholars and illuminate best practices in partnering with and supporting equity-deserving trainees. Our research revealed a growing desire for partnerships between employers and the academic sector to provide professional development opportunities. The discussion at CSPC will launch the next phase of this national project aimed at incorporating multi-sectoral employer and policy perspectives on trainee career development.
Short Talk 111: Causal Analysis is Key to Linking Science with Policy for Managing Canada’s Natural Resources Theme: Science and Policy Speaker:Steve Wilson See Panel Detials
With escalating land use pressures and climate impacts, conservation planning and actions are becoming more urgent in Canada. Policy options assume a causal relationship between management actions and desired outcomes; however, much of the science informing resource management is observational and correlative because experiments are often infeasible or unethical. In other domains where experimental evidence is difficult to collect, “causal analysis” has been adopted to identify causal relationships from observational data, based on a set of strong assumptions and identification rules. This talk introduces causal analysis and argues for its broad implementation in natural resource research and policymaking.
Short Talk 119: The Open Climate Campaign: Opening Access to Climate and Biodiversity Knowledge Theme: Science and Policy Organized by: Creative Commons Speaker:Monica Granados See Panel Detials
Climate change, and the resulting harm to our global biodiversity, is one of the world’s most pressing challenges. The Open Climate Campaign recognizes that to solve the world’s biggest problems, the knowledge about them must be open. As such, the Campaign seeks to work with governments, funders, environmental organizations and others to increase open access to knowledge around climate and biodiversity. In this presentation, I will outline the campaign, strategies the campaign is using to open climate research and lessons learned on topics such as identifying barriers, developing and implementing open access policies, tools for open knowledge and community building.
Short Talk 286: Redefining Science Identity: Building a New National Framework to Diversity Engagement and Trust in Science Theme: Science and Society Organized by: Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation Speaker:Sandra Corbeil See Panel Detials
Science is fundamental to global challenges. Engaging creative and diverse minds; their ideas, innovations, skills, and support are key to tackling these challenges. Lack of interest in science is not the issue– it’s our relationships with science. What would happen if we move away from a deficit model –focused on what science literacy, understanding or connection is lacking – to one that builds on existing science capital? In this approach, we may design programs and develop policies that are more accessible because they respect diverse voices, knowledge systems, and communities and foreground issues of equity and social justice. Learn how we are exploring this concept.