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Science Meets Parliament

November 5, 2018 - November 6, 2018
Science Meets Parliament is presented as a pilot project this year by the Canadian Science Policy Centre in partnership with the Chief Science Advisor. It will bring scientists working in Canada to Parliament Hill in order to meet with Members of Parliament and Senators, attend House and Senate committee meetings, discuss scientific research, and gain familiarity with the political process.

Strengthening evidence-informed decision-making requires systematic connectivity between the scientific and legislative communities. This program will help to create an open and ongoing channel between the two communities, facilitating a crucial dialogue between scientists and political leaders.

The program includes exercises and teleconference workshops leading up to the event as well as an orientation and training session on the day before, hosted by the Institute on Governance in Ottawa’s Byward Market.

The goal is to make this milestone project an annual event, and is modeled on the acclaimed program run by Science and Technology Australia, now in its 19th year.

Benefits

For Parliamentarians and Senators:

  • Interact with researchers driving science and innovation in Canada
  • Build lasting connections with scientists from diverse regions and specialties
  • Discuss the intersection of science and decision-making on the Hill

For Scientists:

  • Meet with MPs, Senators, their staff, and the Federal political community.
  • Showcase their research and discuss the impact of research outcomes for Canadians
  • Learn about the organization, rationale, and motivations of decision-making in Parliamentary procedures.

Eligibility

For this pilot year, the program is open to researchers who currently hold a Tier II Canada Research Chair and are affiliated with a Canadian post-secondary institution. Researchers should come from diverse range of science and engineering disciplines including all social, medical, and natural Sciences.
Approximately 15-20 candidates will be selected.

CSPC will oversee the application process and will base final selection of the Delegates on applicant diversity in terms of geography, language, gender, discipline, and visible minority.

Program

The one day event will include:
  • An informative orientation session that includes information about the business of Parliament and exercises that prepare Delegates to speak with politicians
  • Meetings with Members of Parliament and Senators, the Chief Science Advisor of Canada, and possibly the Minister of Science (subject to her availability)
  • Shadowing a Member of Parliament or Senator during the day
  • Observation of House committee meetings of the day
  • Lunch on Parliament Hill
  • Attending Question Period
  • A poster session open to Parliamentarians
  • Networking reception with MPs, Senators, and staff that will include a closing speech by a guest of honour.

WHEN: The program will be held on the hill on November 6th. The mandatory orientation session will be in the late afternoon of Monday Nov. 5th. 
The deadline to apply is Friday, August 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM (PDT).
WHERE: Ottawa, On

Delegates are highly encouraged to stay in Ottawa for the 10th Canadian Science Policy Conference, CSPC 2018, held from Nov. 7-9. In this unique forum, delegates will have the opportunity to discuss the most pressing issues of science and innovation policy in Canada. www.cspc2018.ca

For more information about Science Meets Parliament, including mandatory requirements, please visit the website

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