CSPC, in partnership with Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, is proud to present the fourth iteration of its high-impact opportunity for researchers in Canada to develop skills and experience in science policy. Science Meets Parliament 2024 invites researchers from all disciplines and fields, including medical and natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities, to spend a day on Parliament Hill. There, researchers will learn about policy making in Canadian Parliament, share their research with parliamentarians, and participate in one-on-one meetings with Senators and Members of Parliament. Delegates will gain practical knowledge of the inner workings of political policy making, broaden their professional networks to include influential members of the science and policy communities, enhance their communication skills for new contexts and audiences, and carry their experiences back to share with their home institutions.
This program has proven to strengthen the connections between Canada’s scientific and political communities, while providing an excellent opportunity for researchers to learn about the inclusion of scientific evidence in policy making in Parliament. This initiative is not meant to be an advocacy exercise, and will not include any discussion of science funding or other forms of advocacy.
Science Meets Parliament 2024 builds the national capacity for engaged researchers to effectively insert Canadian scientific expertise into public policy processes. Our focus on strong, resilient relationships between scientists and politicians generates long-term stability and support across a cross-section of knowledge and innovation sectors. What’s more, the Program is quickly emerging as a major platform for raising the prominence of science policy in Canada. As an early partner, the impact and visibility of your organization’s support will grow along with the program.
The Science Meets Parliament 2024 program will include:
- A mandatory orientation session that includes information about the business of Parliament and exercises that prepare delegates to speak with politicians
- Virtual workshops on science policy evidence-based decision making, science communication and media
- Meetings with Members of Parliament, Senators, and the Chief Science Advisor of Canada
- Observation of House and/or Senate committee meetings
- Attending Question Period in Parliament
- Networking reception with MPs, Senators, and staff (including a poster session)
- Meetings with bureaucrats and public servants to better understand policy making at the non-political level of government
*CSPC will work with Champion-level Sponsors to assist in identifying a candidate. Sponsored candidates must still meet some qualification criteria. Limited to 5 Champion-level sponsors.