Policy always has some element of building the rails as you drive down them, but this year has been a case study in figuring things out on the go. It has been a year where the voice of experts can make or break our recovery. We must listen to their knowledge, often knowledge we didn’t know existed or ways of knowing that we hadn’t expected. As the title of the magazine states – we’re looking to build forward better while in the middle of a pandemic that has not yet abated. The process of selecting authors for the magazine is always a delicate balance, and we wanted to provide a sampling of the diverse voices that are guiding Canada’s future, while dealing with the issues of the present.
This magazine would not be possible, however, without the world of CPSC’s volunteers – specifically the editorial team who took the time to select, process, and assemble the articles. And to our authors, thank you so much for your time, your work, and your visions for a future where we are all building forward better.
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Canadian Science Policy Center
Production Director, Editorial Committee Co-chair
Canadian Science Policy Center
Editorial Committee Co-chair
Canadian Science Policy Centre
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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.