Panel Proposal Evaluation Criteria

CSPC 2018: Building Bridges Between Science, Policy, and Society

The following criteria will be used to assess and rank proposals for CSPC 2018:

  1. Alignment with the conference objectives

  2. Quality of the proposed session and panelists

  3. Representation of a diverse range of panelists (mandatory)

  4. Panel readiness

  5. Innovative and interactive session format

  6. Importance of the session for science, innovation, and society

1. Alignment with the conference objectives:

The objective of the conference is to support a strong culture of science and innovation in Canada and to build a strong science policy community. Session proposals will be evaluated on their ability to support the conference objectives:

  • To provide an inclusive forum at the national level to identify, discuss, and provide insights into current Canadian science, technology and innovation policy issues;

  • To forge stronger links and create networking opportunities among science policy stakeholders;

  • To provide a venue for a new generation of scientists, entrepreneurs, and policymakers to interact, innovate, and shape the future of the Canadian science policy landscape required for a knowledge-driven economy;

  • To provide a supportive environment for innovative ideas and projects in science policy;

  • To raise the profile of science policy and connect with the mainstream media and the public

2. Quality of the proposed session and panelists:

Quality is extremely important in ranking a panel. According to the CSPC, quality is defined as:

Content and Topic:

  • Deep comprehension of the subject

  • Well-justified and well-described


  • Knowledge and experience

  • Ability to garner public attention

3. Representation of a diverse range of panelists:

The CSPC is a multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary forum on science, technology, and innovation policy issues. Intentionality towards inclusion and representation of the diversity inherent in Canada is a crucial criterion for ranking panels. Session participants should represent diversity based on, but not limited to, gender, sector, discipline, geography, ethnicity, and age. Embracing equity, diversity and inclusion as core factors in the development of effective and impactful science policy, and in driving innovation enterprise, are central values of the CSPC. Therefore, panels must be demonstrably diverse and the lack thereof will impair panel ranking. In addition, the CSPC highly recommends the inclusion of younger generation perspectives in the panels.

Panels must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Gender diversity in the panel

  • Panelists from two or more of the following sectors: Government, Academia, Private Sector, Non-Profit, Media

  • Panelists from at least two different provinces

  • International speakers considered a plus in diversity ranking

4. Panel readiness:

Plans for a well-coordinated panel presentation with advanced discussion and meetings amongst panelists must be explained. Sessions with confirmed speakers will rank more competitively than those without.

5. Innovative and interactive session format:

There are two options for the length of the session: 90 minutes and 45 minutes.

Once again, the CSPC is offering multiple formats for the various sessions. Proposals may fall under one of the following streams. Please note that the proposals in each stream will compete with each other. Please be mindful that some streams, such as the traditional panel sessions, may be more popular and hence more competitive.

  • Green Paper Discussions

  • Case Studies

  • Short Talks Series

  • Interactive Learning Session (Workshop)

  • Debate Format

  • Traditional Panel Session

The CSPC highly encourages session organizers to create new and more interactive formats. Proposals with innovative and interactive formats will be ranked higher.

Detailed descriptions of each format can be found on the Panel Format page.

6. Importance of the session for science, innovation, and society

The proposal must describe and justify the significance and timeliness of this subject for science, innovation, and society at large, in Canada and internationally.



April 27, 2018: Proposal submission deadline

May 2018: Participants will be notified of competition results

May 2018: Confirmation of session descriptions and speakers/moderators

June 2018: Confirmation of session requirements from conference manager

1st week of July 2018: Announcement of the conference program

November 7, 8 or 9, 2018: Delivery of sessions at the 2018 CSPC