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CSPC 2019: Building Bridges Between Science, Policy, and Society - Call for Volunteers

Organizing team of CSPC 2018 with the Honourable Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, and Mehrdad Hariri, CEO & President, Canadian Science Policy Centre

The 11th Annual Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC 2019) is now searching 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 2019 one of the Canada’s top conferences. We welcome volunteers to join us from across Canada and beyond.


What is the Canadian Science Policy Conference?

The Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) is the most comprehensive, multidisciplinary, multisectoral 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 in 2009, the CSPC has operated on a volunteer basis. Cumulatively, more than 800 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career professionals from various disciplines across Canada have served on 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 often go on to successfully pursue careers in science policy. CSPC is a unique environment where you will gain valuable experience while helping to build and impact the science policy community.

Being a CSPC volunteer offers exciting opportunities to:

  • Gain valuable 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 discussions with other professionals in the science, technology, and innovation policy field in an inclusive environment;
  • Get an inside look at CSPC, a 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 policy;
  • Link your science with societal issues.
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    If you are interested in contributing to CSPC 2019, 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 email and conference calls. Therefore, you can be anywhere in Canada. If you have an interest in Canadian science, technology, and innovation policy, we could use your help in one of 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 regarding 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 CSPC is intended to expand the current editorial sections, and create a full fledge online magazine, quarterly for now. The editorial team will be responsible create this quarterly magazine and collect and material. The committee is also responsible for coordinating opinion sections, and soliciting articles and pieces from experts, as assisting in maintaining, editing, posting, and updating the content on the website, especially the Prospective and News sections.

    3. Grant Writing

    The committee collaborates to effectively write and edit grants to attain funding for CSPC projects. Additionally, the committee helps to identify grant funding opportunities for CSPC 2019 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, etc.

    5. Science Policy Youth Award of Excellence

    The committee members are responsible for the award project. Every year CSPC recognizes an individual with best Science Policy proposal. The committee will be responsible for the call, collection of the proposals, coordination of the referee meetings and finally dissemination of the outcome of the competition. For more information on science policy awards, please click here:

    6. Science Meets Parliament*

    In partnership with the Chief Science Advisor, CSPC initiated a new program titled “Science Meets Parliament” in 2018. Science Meets Parliament brings scientists working in Canada to Parliament Hill in order to meet with Members of Parliament and Senators, attend House and Senate committee meetings, discuss scientific research, and gain familiarity with the political process.

    As a committee member, you will have the opportunity to review and evaluate scientists’ applications, arrange meeting schedules, as well as liaise with scientists, Members of Parliament, and Senators.

    7. 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 to conference objectives.

    *Note: Both Science Meets Parliament and program development committees require relevant knowledge and experience in the science and innovation policy sector and allow for a limited number of volunteers from each sector (academia, government, private sector, and non-profit sector).

    8. Evaluation Committee

    The evaluation committee will assist with designing, distributing, and analyzing a survey to assess the conference according to its goals and objectives. A report will be produced based on the results with a summary and recommendations for future conferences.


    We are also looking for a few individuals who possess the skills to take on coordinating roles to facilitate volunteer management, liaise between all CSPC stakeholders, and provide CSPC presence at external events.