CSPC 2024 Conference Themes and Topics

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16th Canadian Science Policy Conference

November 20th-22nd, 2024, at the Westin Ottawa hotel

CSPC 2024 Theme:

Empowering Society: The Transformative Value of Science, Knowledge, and Innovation

The 16th Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC 2024), will be held in person on November 20th – 22nd, 2024. The conference expects 1000+ participants, more than 300 speakers, in 60 panel sessions. CSPC 2024 will also include a spectacular Gala dinner featuring its award ceremony which has become a signature annual event to celebrate Canadian science and innovation policy achievements.

The conference tracks and topics can be found below.

Panel Submission Deadline: Wednesday, May 1st

CSPC 2024 Overarching Theme:
Empowering Society: The Transformative Value of Science, Knowledge, and Innovation

Track One: Science, Knowledge, and Policy

  • The national STI ecosystem: Strategy for the next ten years; building on strengths and opportunities; addressing weaknesses
  • Managing the evolving/changing research landscape: AI, Open Science
  • Evidence for policy
  • Science policy futures
  • Major research initiatives, research infrastructure, large research facilities
  • Science advice and policymaking in AI era
  • Research security, new measures, and implications for Canadian research
  • Indigenous knowledge and policymaking
  • Local, regional, and national science policy and Canadian federalism
  • EDI in Science next chapter

Track Two: Science, Knowledge, and Society

  • Public trust
  • Systemic racism, otherism
  • Science in support of democracy
  • Science, Knowledge, and Truth and Reconciliation
  • Ethics of emerging technologies
  • Science and innovation: public education
  • Scientists, research, and communities
  • Citizen Scientist
  • Science in a multi-lingual world

Track Three: Innovation Policy and Economic Development

  • Canada’s industry and innovation strategy
  • Emerging economic opportunities
  • Emerging and disruptive technologies
  • Sector policies and challenges
  • Multi-sectoral collaboration
  • Scale up and commercialization
  • Inclusive innovation

Track Four: Science, International Affairs and Security

  • International science, technology, innovation and knowledge (STIK) agreements and Canada’s interest
  • Assessing and fostering Canadian global leadership in STIK
  • Strategic approaches to international opportunities, collaboration
  • Science diplomacy, research security and geopolitics
  • Scientists on the move

Track Five: Science and the Next Generation

  • Career transitions
  • Talent development in a fast-changing landscape
  • Enabling the next generation of researchers with non-research skills
  • Trainees’ well-being
  • Grassroots science policy networks, opportunities and lessons learned
  • New mechanisms; connecting trainees to policy

Track Six: Grand Challenges

  • Adaptation, Resilience, Canada’s Role
  • Climate change
  • Health
  • The North
  • Food, agriculture, water
  • Energy transitions, energy security
  • Ocean economy and conservation