Organizing team of CSPC 2017 with the Honourable Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Mona Nemer, and Mehrdad Hariri, CEO & President, Canadian Science Policy Centre
The 10th Annual Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC 2018) is now looking for volunteers who are interested in exploring the intersection between science and policy. We are looking for innovative and enthusiastic individuals to help make CSPC 2018 the biggest and best conference yet. Volunteers are welcome from across Canada.
What is the Canadian Science Policy Conference?
The Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) is the most comprehensive, multidisciplinary, multi-sector national forum on science, technology and innovation policy in Canada. Participants represent the “who’s who” of science and innovation policy from both the current leadership cadre and the next generation of Canada’s top scientists, business leaders, and science policy experts.
Why volunteer for CSPC?
Since its inception, the CSPC has operated on a volunteer basis. Cumulatively, more than 500 graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early career professionals from various disciplines across Canada have served on the CSPC committees and contributed to the organization of its conference each year. The Centre has been a gateway for volunteers to learn about science policy issues and organizations and volunteers will often successfully pursue careers in science policy. CSPC is a unique environment where you will earn invaluable experience, learn, and also contribute to building and impacting the community.
Being a CSPC volunteer offers exciting opportunities to:
- Gain invaluable experience and expertise to meaningfully impact the Canadian science policy landscape
- Help shape the future of Canadian science policy by organizing a national conference
- Network and generate discuss discussion with other professionals in the science, technology, and innovation policy field in an inclusive environment
- Get an inside look at CSPC, an organization aiming to be the national hub for science policy in Canada
- Through CSPC, expand your leadership skills and take initiative in advancing new projects and exploring new frontiers in science
- Link your science with societal issues
If you are interested in contributing to CSPC 2018, please complete the volunteer application form.
What is involved in volunteering for CSPC?
Volunteers will contribute 3-5 hours per week, with the majority of communications taking place via e-mail, with conference calls being organized as needed depending on workload. If you have an interest in Canadian science, technology and innovation policy and some time to give, we could use your help in our volunteer committees.
What are the CSPC volunteer committees?
1. Social Media and Outreach
The committee is responsible for operating CSPC’s social media accounts: LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook and generating social media postings from relevant content in science and innovation policy fields. Additionally, the committee is responsible for the expansion of CSPC’s network of stakeholders and partners in various sectors (i.e. industry, professional, academic, local organizations, etc.).
2. Editorial and Website
The committee produces newsletters and editorial sections. Activities include writing the regular newsletters, coordination of opinion sections, and soliciting articles and pieces from experts. See examples of opinion sections and newsletters . The committee also assists in maintaining, editing, posting, and updating the content at sciencepolicy.ca website.
3. Grant Writing
The committee collaborates to effectively write and edit grants for funding for CSPC projects. Additionally, the committee helps identify grant funding opportunities for CSPC 2018 and other developing projects at the Centre.
4. Special Events
The committee designs special events throughout the year such as lecture series, panel sessions, pub nights, symposia, and the CSPC 2018 poster session.
5. Program Development*
The committee shapes the content of the conference by coordinating the call for panel proposals, reviewing and evaluating the panel proposals based on the established criteria, liaising with panel organizers, and coordinating the organization of the panels and their delivery according the to the conference objectives.
*Note: this committee requires relevant knowledge and experience in the science and innovation policy sector and allows for a limited number of volunteers from each sector (academia, government, private sector, and non-profit sector).
We are also looking for a few individuals who possess the skills to take on coordinating roles to facilitate volunteer management, liaising between all CSPC stakeholders, and CSPC presence at external events.