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.
Monica Gattinger is Director of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy, Full Professor at the School of Political Studies and Founding Chair of Positive Energy at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Gattinger is an award-winning researcher and highly sought-after speaker, strategic adviser and media commentator in the energy and climate policy sectors. She is Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, board member of the Clean Resource Innovation Network, and serves on multiple advisory committees. She Chairs the Council of Canadian Academies’ expert panel on International Science and Technology Partnerships and is a member of the Government of Ontario’s Electrification and Energy Transition Panel. She holds a PhD in public policy from Carleton University.
Program Consultant, Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research
Kim Portmess leads the Science, Technology and Policy (STeP) Fellowship Program at the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI). Kim graduated from Cornell University in plant science and natural resource management and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in disaster risk management and climate governance. She lives and works in Panama where she is also an adjunct professor at the Institute for Scientific Research and High Technology Services (INDICASAT AIP).
Jean-Christophe (JC) Mauduit
Lecturer in Science Diplomacy, University College London and Senior Advisor for International Engagement for the Journal of Science Policy and Governance (JSPG)
Jean-Christophe (JC) Mauduit is a Lecturer in Science Diplomacy at University College London, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy since September 2019. He holds a PhD in Astrophysics from the Paris Observatory and a Master’s in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Boston. He was previously a Research Scholar at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. and Associate Director at the Science Diplomacy Center at Tufts University. He has worked on ESA and NASA satellite missions at the CNRS and at the California Institute of Technology and was a Project Officer for the International Astronomical Union focusing on scientific development issues. Beyond UCL, he also serves as Senior Advisor for International Engagement for the Journal of Science Policy and Governance.
Dr. Shawn McGuirk
Deputy Director, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Shawn McGuirk is Deputy Director at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and an alumnus of both the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship and the Government of Canada Recruitment of Policy Leaders programs. Previously, his PhD research at the Goodman Cancer Research Institute of McGill University centered on the role of cellular metabolism in cancer progression. Shawn is also a longstanding member of the boards of directors of Acfas and of Science & Policy Exchange, where he supports and advocates for the inclusion of the next generation of researchers in science policy.
Dr. Shweta Ganapati
Director of Outreach and Engagement for the Journal of Science Policy and Governance (JSPG)
Dr. Shweta Ganapati is the Director of Outreach and Engagement for the Journal of Science Policy and Governance (JSPG). In her day job she serves as Senior Policy Advisor at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Shweta is an alumnus of the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship (2020-21) and the Science, Technology and Policy (STeP) Fellowship program of the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (2020-22). Before joining NSERC, Shweta was Program Manager at the Canadian Science Policy Centre (CSPC). Shweta holds a PhD in Organic and Analytical Chemistry from University of Maryland, USA.