2017 Canadian Science Policy Conference - Call for Volunteers

Organizing team of CSPC 2016 with the Honourable Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan and Mehrdad Hariri, CEO&President, Canadian Science Policy Centre

The Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) is the most comprehensive, multidisciplinary, multi-sector national forum on science, technology and innovation policy in Canada.

The 2017 CSPC 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 this our biggest and best conference yet. Volunteers are welcome from across Canada. The majority of communications will take place via e-mail, with conference calls being organized as needed depending on workload.

If you are interested in being a part of this exciting conference, please complete the volunteer application form.

Being a CSPC volunteer offers exciting opportunities to:

  • Gain invaluable experience in the science policy field

  • Help shape the future of Canadian science policy by organizing a national conference

  • Network with other professionals in the science, technology and innovation policy field

  • 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 have an interest in Canadian science, technology and innovation policy and some time to give, we could use your help. Volunteers will be needed for each of the following committees:

1. Outreach and Social Media: – responsible for the expansion of the CSPC network of stakeholders and partners in various sectors (i.e. industry, professional, academic, local organizations, etc.), raising awareness about CSPC, through email campaigns, networking activities and events. The committee is also responsible for operating CSPC’s social media accounts: LINKEDIN, Twitter, facebook, generating content from relevant news, articles etc in science and innovation policy fields.

2. Editorial – to produce newsletters and editorial sections. Activities include writing the regular newsletters, coordination of opinion sections, soliciting articles and pieces from experts. See examples of opinion sections and newsletters .

3. Website – to assist in maintaining, editing, posting and updating the content at website.

4. Grant Writing and Revenue Development - to help identify sponsorship opportunities for CSPC 2016, either through grant funding opportunities or by engaging various organizations to sponsor this national conference.

5. Special Events– to design special events outside the regular conference program that would add social and entertainment value to the conference (e.g. poster sessions, special movie screenings, social mixers, etc.).

6. Program Development *– to shape 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 coordinate the organization of the panels and their delivery according the to the conference objectives.


*Note: this sub-committee requires relevant knowledge of 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 in order to facilitate volunteer management, interaction between all CSPC stakeholders, and CSPC presence at external events.

Volunteers are welcome from across Canada. The majority of communications will take place via e-mail, with conference calls being organized as needed depending on workload.