Previous Events


#SPEForum: Zero Waste Cities—Reality or Fantasy?   Event

June 04, 2019

#SPEForum: Zero Waste Cities-Reality or Fantasy?

What are the challenges and opportunities for transforming into a #zerowaste (ZW) city which benefit both the quality of life and help reduce ecological footprint? What is the magnitude of the plastic problem in Quebec and Montreal, and how we compare to other provinces/cities? What are the challenges consumers face to lead more sustainable lifestyles? Can a ZW city reap substantial socio-economic benefits? What kind of policies can cities implement and relieve the local taxpayers from the burden of waste management?

At the last G7 Summit Canada pledged to adopt a zero plastic waste charter. What must we do as a community and a nation to fulfill our pledge? Join the Science & Policy Exchange (SPE) and ClimatAble for a two-hour public forum: #SPEForum: Zero Waste Cities- Reality or Fantasy? on June 4, 2019 at BAnQ, Montreal, to learn and discuss the challenges and opportunities that come with transforming into a #zerowaste city. This is an opportunity for the public to ask these hard questions and engage with leading experts in research and policy to help answer them. They will attack from all angles - policy, production, and consumer perspectives - to address how we can achieve our ambitious sustainability goals.

A report from this forum will be published outlining major points of discussion between panelists and the public and shared with various stakeholders.


#SPEForum Panelists:

Alex Tyrell: Leader of the Green Party of Québec
Mariève Isabel: Montreal Urban Sustainability Experience, McGill University
Sophie Bernard: Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal Justine McIntyre: Party Leader, Vrai changement pour Montréal


#SPEForum Format:

Each Speaker speaks for 10 to 15 minutes, followed by a 15-20 minute discussion period led by the moderator.

This event is hosted by Science & Policy Exchange (SPE) and ClimatAble, two non-profit student directed organization from universities in Montréal who aim to make a difference in how science can impact society. For more information on SPE and ClimatAble visit sp-exchange.ca or Climatable



SPE Café: Your voice matters. What do you want them to hear?  Event

April 04, 2019

We've published the report!

Contributing authors: Anh-Khoi Trinh, Saishree Badrinarayanan, Jacqueline R Ha and Sara Ferwati

Science and Policy Exchange (SPE) conducted a “SPECafe: Your voice matters. What do you want them to hear?” event on April 4, 2019. The goal was to identify key concerns affecting doctoral students and graduates, postdoctoral fellows (PDF), and early career researchers (ECRs). This report summarizes these issues, offers recommendations to Members of Parliament (MP) and provides guidelines for research trainees to advocate for their interests before the government.


Download full report as PDF (English only):



About #SPEcafé

Science and Policy Exchange is hosting a Science Policy Café series to spark discussion on how to advocate for evidence based science policy and engage our provincial MLAs and federal MPs. The objectives of this SPE Cafe is two-fold: 1) learn about the Canadian government structure and the responsibilities of our elected representatives to his/her constituents and 2) identify key issues in science policy and brainstorm how to effectively communicate these issues with our local/provincial/federal representatives.

SPE café is a casual space for our community to gather and discuss ideas and events related to science and policy. We will provide participants with questions and specific topics to chat about, and cultivate ideas and solutions around. Your input will be published on our website, and will be used to create reports to advocate for solutions created at each SPE café.

Tickets: $5.83 , includes a drink and snacks/appetizers

Premise is simple - we provide the coffee and some background info to start an open discussion where we can identify key issues, debate current policies, or brainstorm new ones! Any notes / ideas / comments / solutions will be assembled into a short report by our team after the event. You will get a copy and together we can reach out to stakeholders and decision-makers so your ideas can have an impact.

Register today!


Donate or become a sponsor
Science & Policy Exchange is a registered charity and non-profit organization, and could not continue without the support of our partners and people like you! As a volunteer-run organization, SPE runs at a significantly low overhead cost. This means every dollar you donate goes to creating real impact through our activities. Please consider making a donation today or contact us if you or your organization wishes to sponsor any of our upcoming events.






#SPESciAdvice: A science advice workshop for the next generation  Event

March 16, 2019

#SPESciAdvice INGSA Case study - Montreal – March 16 2019

We at Science & Policy Exchange are conducting a #SPESciAdvice workshop for students and early career researchers (ECR). To help bring student’s voice to the forefront of science policy at the provincial, federal and international levels, we have designed our workshop with science advice case studies prepared by the International Network Government for Science Advice (INGSA).

Our event is organized in close collaboration with the Fonds de recherche du Quebec and moderated by Rachael Maxwell, External Director of Science & Policy Exchange.

What can you expect to take away from this event?
With our collaborators, we aim to introduce students and early career scientists to the world of science advice through practical training! Today’s students and ECRs will be tomorrow’s science advisors, and thus we strive to encourage their participation through case studies like #SPESciAdvice.

After the workshop, interested participants will be invited to collaborate with their peers to write an article about their experience. Participants will be invited to collectively write an article about their experience (not mandatory)


Thank you for submitting your applications ! We are now reviewing them and you will be notified shortly via email. In the meantime - save the date.



#SPESciAdvice: Un atelier de conseil scientifique pour la relève - Montréal – 16 Mars 2019

À Dialogue Sciences & Politiques, nous organisons cette année un atelier de conseil scientifique #SPESciAdvice destiné aux étudiants et chercheurs en début de carrière. Afin de porter la parole étudiante au coeur des discussions de politique scientifique à tous niveaux, nous avons organisé cet évènement en utilisant des études de cas fictives et pratiques du réseau INGSA ( International Government Network for Science Advice).

Notre évènement est organisé en étroite collaboration avec les Fonds de recherche du Québec et animé par Rachael Maxwell, Directrice externe pour Dialogue Sciences & Politiques.

A quoi pouvez-vous vous attendre avec cet atelier?
Avec nos collaborateurs, cet atelier a pour objectif d’initier les étudiants et chercheurs en début de carrière aux défis du conseil scientifique à travers une formation pratique! La relève d’aujourd’hui représente les conseillers scientifiques de demain et c’est pour cela que nous nous efforçons d’encourager leur participation à travers des formations telles que notre atelier #SPESciAdvice.

Après la tenue de l’atelier, les participants intéressés seront invités à écrire collectivement un article sur leur expérience à travers l’atelier #SPESciAdvice (activité sur la base du volontariat et non obligatoire pour la participation à l’atelier).


Merci d'avoir soumis vos applications! Nous sommes en train de les réviser et vous serez avertis prochainement par e-mail de nos décision. En attendant, prenez la date en note.



Pour toute question vous pouvez nous écrire à contact@sp-exchange.ca avec en titre de courriel “SPESciAdvice”



SPE Café: Time flies when you’re having funds: the early career perspective on scholarships and fellowships  Event

November 01, 2018

About #SPEcafé

Our November Science Policy Café series, this Café will examine federal funding policy from the early-career researcher perspective: that of grad students and post docs. We will explore the present funding climate and its challenges. How much are we getting, by which criteria, from which agencies, and - most importantly - is it enough?

SPE café is a casual space for our community to gather and discuss ideas and events related to science and policy. We will provide participants with questions and specific topics to chat about, and cultivate ideas and solutions around. Your input will be published on our website, and will be used to create reports to advocate for solutions created at each SPE café.

Tickets: $5.83 , includes a drink and snacks/appetizers

Premise is simple - we provide the coffee and some background info to start an open discussion where we can identify key issues, debate current policies, or brainstorm new ones! Any notes / ideas / comments / solutions will be assembled into a short report by our team after the event. You will get a copy and together we can reach out to stakeholders and decision-makers so your ideas can have an impact.

Register today!


Donate or become a sponsor
Science & Policy Exchange is a registered charity and non-profit organization, and could not continue without the support of our partners and people like you! As a volunteer-run organization, SPE runs at a significantly low overhead cost. This means every dollar you donate goes to creating real impact through our activities. Please consider making a donation today or contact us if you or your organization wishes to sponsor any of our upcoming events.






Survey on Graduate Student & Postdoc Funding  Event

October 09, 2018

Survey on Graduate Student & Postdoc Funding


Download preliminary results for our survey on scholarships and fellowships! as PDF:



To read letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Téléchargez nos résultats préliminaires sur notre sondage sur les bourses fédérales en PDF:



Pour lire notre lettre adressée au Premier ministre Justin Trudeau


Science & Policy Exchange (SPE) wants to hear what YOU think about Canadian federal funding for students and postdoctoral fellows.

Last year, the Canadian government re-invested into research. Funding for scholarships and fellowships was not included in this re-investment. However, there was this promise:

“Over the next year, the Government will be doing further work to determine how to better support students, the next generation of researchers, through scholarships and fellowships.”

– Canadian Budget, 2018

At SPE, we hope to represent the student and postdoc voice in science policy. To do this effectively, we need to know what you think!

Please fill out our survey here - for only a few minutes of your time you will provide us with invaluable information to represent YOUR opinion to the government!

Graduate Student and Postdoc funding Survey

The survey will be open from October 9, 2018 until January 11, 2019





Enquête sur les financements pour les étudiants et post doctorants


Dialogue Sciences & Politiques (DSP) s'intéresse à ce que VOUS pensez des bourses fédérales Canadienne pour les étudiants et post-doctorants.

L’an dernier, le gouvernement Canadien a réinvesti dans la recherche. Les financements pour des bourses n’étaient pas inclus dans cet investissement. Cependant, cette promesse a été faite:

“Au cours de l’année prochaine, le gouvernement étudiera les moyens de mieux soutenir les étudiants et la prochaine génération de chercheurs par le biais de bourses d’études et de bourses de recherche.”

– Le budget canadien, 2018

A Dialogue Sciences et Politiques, nous espérons représenter la voix des étudiants et post doctorants en politique scientifique. Pour cela nous avons besoin de savoir ce que vous pensez!

Merci de participer à cette enquête - ces quelques minutes de votre temps nous apporteront des informations cruciales pour nous permettre de représenter VOTRE opinion auprès du gouvernement.

Enquête sur les financements pour les étudiants et post doctorants

L’enquête sera disponible du 9 octobre jusqu’au 11 janvier 2019.



From Pain Relief to Crisis: What is the Place of Opioids in 2018? (Public Forum)  Event

August 29, 2018

Opioids in Canada, from Pain Relief to Crisis: What is the Place of Opioids in 2018?
Public Forum @ BanQ
August 29th, 6pm - 8pm
Register Now!

Livestream:



We've got a brand new #SPEforum series coming up this summer - we're bringing experts from the scientific, social, industry, and policy perspectives together to talk about on #cannabis & #opioids in #Canada! Tickets (free!) available for the third and final forum - all details below.

Opioids have touched so many around the world - and for many Canadians they mean relief from acute or chronic pain. For others, it means addiction, loss, and even death. Do opioids still have a place in 2018, when other pain relievers exist? How do they work, and why are they prescribed? What methods do we have to prevent or treat addiction? Most importantly, how can we make sure Canadians are kept safe by well-informed policies? This forum will answer these questions, and our expert panelists will be there to answer yours. Lots of time will be allocated to Q&A with the panel, so we hope you'll attend and join the conversation!

Event will be at BanQ library, 475 Boulevard de Maisonneuve in #Montreal (Berri entrance), August 29 @ 6pm, and it will be live-streamed on Facebook Live.

PS - did you miss out last 2 #WeedLikeToKnow forums on #MedicalCannabis and the legalization of cannabis under the #CannabisAct? Click on the links to catch the recordings!

Thanks to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for their support & our team of volunteers at Science & Policy Exchange for putting this together!




Science & Policy Pub Night  Event

July 26, 2018

What: Pub Night / Social Event
When: July 26, 2018 - 6pm to late
Where: McKibbin's Irish Pub 2nd floor - 1426 Bishop St - Montreal, QC - H3G 2E6

Come to meet us and talk about #scipol #scicomm #scidip #EDI and more!

No registration required, although you can click the registration link on this page to let us know that you're attending via the Facebook page!

Our crew is looking forward to meet/see you!

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Quoi: Soirée pub / événement social
Quand: 26 juillet 2018 - 18h jusqu'à la fin de soirée!
Où: McKibbin's Irish Pub, 2e étage - 1426 rue Bishop - Montréal, QC - H3G 2E6

Venez nous rencontrer et parler de #scipol #scicomm #scidip #EDI et plus encore!

Aucune inscription requise, bien que vous puissiez cliquer sur le lien d'inscription sur cette page pour nous informer que vous participez via la page Facebook!

Notre équipe se réjouit de vous rencontrer / à bientôt!




Higher Learning: What to Expect When You're Expecting to Legalize Cannabis (Public Forum)  Event

July 09, 2018

Higher learning: What to Expect When You're Expecting to Legalize Cannabis
Public Forum @ BanQ
July 9th, 6pm - 8pm
Register Now!

Livestream:



We’ve got a brand new #SPEforum series coming up this summer - we're bringing experts from the scientific, social, industry, and policy perspectives together to talk about on #cannabis & #opioids in #Canada!

Tickets (free!) available for the second forum on what to expect with the upcoming legalization of recreation cannabis in Canada from all of these perspectives. #WeedLiketoKnow what questions you have about #cannabis, and so lots of time will be allocated to Q&A with the panel. Hope you'll attend and join the conversation!

Event will be at BanQ library, 475 Boulevard de Maisonneuve in #Montreal (Berri entrance), July 9 @ 6pm. Keep an eye out for one more #SPEforum on (il)licit drugs this August!

PS - Did you miss our forum on medical Cannabis ? Watch our recording or check out our twitter recap

Thanks to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for their support & our team of volunteers at Science & Policy Exchange for putting this together!

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Higher Learning: Lessons Learned from Medical Cannabis in Canada (Public Forum)  Event

June 18, 2018

Higher learning: Lessons learned from medical cannabis in Canada
Public Forum @ BanQ
June 18th, 6pm - 8pm
Register Now!

Livestream:

We’ve got a brand new #SPEforum series coming up this summer - we're bringing experts from the scientific, social, industry, and policy perspectives together to talk about on #cannabis & #opioids in #Canada!

Tickets (free!) available for the first forum on what we've learned from medical cannabis over the last decade: how it works, how it's produced and regulated, its impact on society, and how all this may be affected by legalization of recreational marijuana.

#WeedLiketoKnow what questions you have about #cannabis, and so lots of time will be allocated to Q&A with the panel. Hope you'll attend and join the conversation!

Event will be at BanQ library, 475 Boulevard de Maisonneuve in #Montreal (Berri entrance), June 18 @ 6pm. Keep an eye out for two more #SPEforum on (il)licit drugs this July and August!

Update: registration is also open for our next forum, Higher Learning: What to Expect When You're Expecting to Legalize Cannabis which will be held on July 9!

Thanks to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for their support & our team of volunteers at Science & Policy Exchange for putting this together!

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Une dose d'apprentissage: Lessons tirées du cannabis médical au Canada
Forum public @ BanQ
18 juin, 6pm - 8pm
Enregistrez-vous aujourd'hui! (évènement en anglais)

Nous avons une toute nouvelle série #SPEforum à venir cet été - nous rassemblons des experts du monde scientifique, social, industriel et politique pour discuter de #cannabis & #opiodes au #Canada!

Billets (gratuits!) disponibles pour le premier forum sur ce que nous avons appris du cannabis médical au cours de la dernière décennie: comment cela fonctionne, comment il est produit et réglementé, son impact sur la société et comment tout cela peut être affecté par la légalisation de la marijuana cette année.

Nous attendons avec impatience vos questions à propos du #cannabis, et donc beaucoup de temps sera alloué au dialogue entre le panel et notre public! Rejoins la conversation et #ConnaisTonPot!

L'événement aura lieu à la grande bibliothèque BanQ, 475, boulevard de Maisonneuve à #Montréal (entrée Berri), le 18 juin à 18h. Gardez un oeil pour l'annonce de deux autres #SPEforum sur les drogues (il)licites en juillet et en août!

Nouveau: les billets sont déjà disponibles pour notre prochain forum qui aura lieu le 9 juillet, Higher Learning: What to Expect When You're Expecting to Legalize Cannabis!

Merci aux Instituts de Recherche en Santé du Canada pour leur soutien et à notre équipe de bénévoles à Dialogue Sciences et Politiques pour avoir organisé cet évènement!




Students as Stakeholders in Science Diplomacy: Outlook for Today and Tomorrow  Event

May 17, 2018



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As an entirely student run organization, the central aim of Science & Policy Exchange is to bring a student voice to science policy matters at the provincial, federal, and international levels. To shed light on the role of students in science diplomacy, we have organized a two-day event in collaboration with the Fonds de Recherche du Québec (FRQ) and the Center for Science Diplomacy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science(AAAS).

Diplomacy and international collaborations are key components of public policy, and grand challenges such as global health, climate change, and the changing geography of the arctic, outline a need for science and evidence in diplomatic discussions. This series of panel discussions directed at government and diplomacy institutions seeks to explore how to bolster students and early career researcher’s participation in science diplomacy. A series of experts will participate in panel discussions to explain how students and young scientists fit into the framework of science diplomacy, including its various sectors, participating agencies, challenges, and its future and potential for action. This event will provide a unique opportunity bringing together early career researchers with experts from a wide variety of disciplines and institutions. Specifically, we hope to discuss:

  • The role of student diaspora and internationalization of research in science diplomacy
  • How to train scientists to communicate with policy makers and promote/value their policy/diplomacy engagement

Program

12:15 - 13:15 Registration
13:05 - 13:15 Welcome remarks by Science & Policy Exchange
13:15 - 13:30 Welcome remarks by Mona Nemer, Chief Science Advisor of Canada (Video)
13:30-14:30 Panel 1: The role of student diaspora and internationalization of research in science diplomacy

Moderator: Véronique Morin, Science Communicator
Panelists: Paul Berkman, Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy, Tufts University
Jan Marco Mueller, Science to Policy and Diplomacy Coordinator, IIASA
Nicole Arbour, Senior International Advisor, Government and International Relations at NRC Canada
Dimah Mahmoud, Program Manager, EURAXESS North America

14:30 - 14:45 Questions
14:45 - 15:15 Coffee break
15:15 - 16:15 Panel 2: How to train students and favour their engagement in science policy and science diplomacy?

Moderator: Véronique Morin, Science Communicator
Panelists: Masha Cemma, Policy Advisor at the Office of Canada’s Chief Science Advisor
Martha Crago, Vice Principal Research & Innovation, McGill University
Rees Kassen, Research Chair in Experimental Evolution, University of Ottawa
Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Quebec, Fonds de recherche du Québec
Tom Wang, Director, Centre for Science Diplomacy, AAAS

16:15 - 16:30 Questions
16:30 - 16:40 Closing remarks by Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Quebec, Fonds de Recherche du Québec
16:50 - 17:00 Acknowledgments by Science & Policy Exchange
17:00 - 19:00 Reception and networking



Advance registration by invitation only

To request an invitation, please send an email to sciencediplomacy@sp-exchange.ca.

Students can apply to the full “Students & Science Diplomacy” event

Download our Infographic:








Donate or become a sponsor
Science & Policy Exchange is a registered charity and non-profit organization, and could not continue without the support of our partners and people like you! As a volunteer-run organization, SPE runs at a significantly low overhead cost. This means every dollar you donate goes to creating real impact through our activities. Please consider making a donation today or contact us if you or your organization wishes to sponsor any of our upcoming events.






Students & Science Diplomacy Workshop  Event

May 16, 2018



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The “Students & Diplomacy event” is comprised of a public forum, an arctic council simulation exercise, and panel discussions with science diplomacy stakeholders.



2 Travel awards available for workshop participants from Northern Canada generously offered by Polar Knowledge Canada


May 16th, Morning: Public Forum - “Negotiating the Arctic: a Science Diplomacy Perspective” @ McGill University

        

How much do you know about the Arctic?

It is home to some of the most interesting science Canada has to offer, including unique state-of-the-art research stations like PEARL (the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory) and CHARS (the Canada High Arctic Research Station). These are a beacon for Canada’s science on the international level, and they may hold some of the answers in our global fight against climate change.

This raises some new questions – How do we bring Canada’s arctic science into the global discussion? How can we leverage diplomacy across borders to solve climate change and other scientific issues? And how can countries cooperate to protect the environment and promote sustainable development in the Arctic? What role do indigenous communities and traditional knowledge play in these discussions?

Our expert panelists will shed light on some of these questions, and look forward to engaging with the Montreal public on this important topic.

Our Panelists

Dr. Louis Fortier is a Professor at Université Laval (Quebec), who will talk about his research with ArcticNet;
Angela Nuliayok-Rudolph is a Policy Advisor at Polar Knowledge Canada (Canadian High Arctic Research Station, Nunavut), and will discuss the indigenous perspective in arctic knowledge;
Dr. Paul Berkman, Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy at Tufts University (Massachusetts) will discuss the role of science diplomacy in the arctic and at the Arctic Council.


Program

9:00 - 9:30 Registration

9:30 - 9:45 Introduction and welcome remarks by Science & Policy Exchange and and Rémi Quirion, Chief scientist of Quebec, Fonds de recherche du Québec

9:45 - 10:30 The Indigenous communities’ perspective by Angela Nuliayok-Rudoph, Policy Advisor at Polar Knowledge Canada

The scientific perspective by Louis Fortier, Science director at ArcticNet and Professor at Université Laval

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 - 11:55 Science diplomacy in the Arctic by Paul Berkman, Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy at Tufts University


May 16th, Afternoon: “When the Science is not Enough: an Arctic Council Negotiation Simulation” @ McGill University

        

This workshop, developed by Dr. Melody Brown Burkins at Dartmouth College, an expert in science policy and diplomacy, will introduce and discuss the role of students and young scientists in science diplomacy. The aim of the workshop is to generate recommendations on how to improve young scientists’ engagement in science diplomacy. Specifically, student participants will gain an understanding of the skills (analytical, ethical) to apply science in a diplomatic framework through an Arctic Council negotiation simulation. During this event, student “delegates” will debate a topical issue associated with the Arctic Council.


Program



Dr. Melody Brown Burkins, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies and Associate Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College


12:00 - 13:00 Lunch break

13:00 - 17:30 Arctic Council negotiation

17:30–18:00 Feedback session

18:00 - 18:15 Concluding remarks and acknowledgments by Science & Policy Exchange

Please note: while the main simulation is on May 16th, it is also mandatory for student participants to attend the simulation preparation session on May 2nd at 10AM in the room Room 208/209 at the McIntyre building (McGill University, Montreal)


May 17th, Afternoon: Panel Discussions: Students as Stakeholders in Science Diplomacy: Outlook for Today and Tomorrow @ Hotel OMNI

        

A series of panel discussions directed at government and diplomacy institutions. Experts and stakeholders will participate in panel discussions on how students and young scientists fit into the framework of science diplomacy, including its various sectors, participating agencies, challenges, and its future and potential for action. This event will provide a unique opportunity for participants to hear from and network with experts from a wide variety of disciplines and institutions.

Program

12:15 - 13:15 Registration
13:05 - 13:15 Welcome remarks by Science & Policy Exchange
13:15 - 13:30 Welcome remarks by Mona Nemer, Chief Science Advisor of Canada (Video)
13:30-14:30 Panel 1: The role of student diaspora and internationalization of research in science diplomacy

Moderator: Véronique Morin, Science journalist
Panelists: Paul Berkman, Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy, Tufts University
Jan Marco Mueller, Science to Policy and Diplomacy Coordinator, IIASA
Nicole Arbour, Senior International Advisor, Government and International Relations at NRC Canada
Dimah Mahmoud, Program Manager, EURAXESS North America

14:30 - 14:45 Questions
14:45 - 15:15 Coffee break
15:15 - 16:15 Panel 2: How to train students and favour their engagement in science policy and science diplomacy?

Moderator: Véronique Morin, Science journalist
Panelists: Masha Cemma, Policy Advisor at the Office of Canada’s Chief Science Advisor
Martha Crago, Vice Principal Research & Innovation, McGill University
Rees Kassen, Research Chair in Experimental Evolution, University of Ottawa
Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Quebec, Fonds de recherche du Québec
Tom Wang, Director, Centre for Science Diplomacy, AAAS

16:15 - 16:30 Questions
16:30 - 16:40 Closing remarks by Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Quebec, Fonds de Recherche du Québec
16:50 - 17:00 Acknowledgments by Science & Policy Exchange
17:00 - 19:00 Reception and networking


Impact for students

        

The workshop on Day 1 will provide students with a deeper understanding of the role science can play in international diplomacy, as well as the complexities of bringing science into high-level policymaking. This should help prepare students to participate in panel discussions and to network with experts and leaders in science diplomacy on Day 2.

How to Apply

  

Application Deadline Extended: Monday, April 9th, 2018 at 17:00 EDT
Cost: $30 for the entire “Students & Diplomacy” multi-day event.

Please download our application instructions. and submit your completed application as specified to sciencediplomacy@sp-exchange.ca. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding your application or the event.

All undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are eligible to apply. Early career researchers outside these designations below 35 years of age are also invited to apply.

Applicants accepted to the SPE Students & Science Diplomacy cohort will be notified by mid-April







Here is a wonderful introduction of what is Science Diplomacy by our collaborators
Tom Wang and Marga Gual Soler at AAAS




Donate or become a sponsor

        

Science & Policy Exchange is a registered charity and non-profit organization, and could not continue without the support of our partners and people like you! As a volunteer-run organization, SPE runs at a significantly low overhead cost. This means every dollar you donate goes to creating real impact through our activities. Please consider making a donation today or contact us if you or your organization wishes to sponsor any of our upcoming events.






Negotiating the Arctic: A Science Diplomacy Perspective (Public Forum)  Event

May 16, 2018

        

Negotiating the Arctic: a Science Diplomacy Perspective
Public Forum @ McGill University, McIntyre Room 522
May 16th, 9am - 12pm
Register Now!

How much do you know about the Arctic?

It is home to some of the most interesting science Canada has to offer, including unique state-of-the-art research stations like PEARL (the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory) and CHARS (the Canada High Arctic Research Station). These are a beacon for Canada’s science on the international level, and they may hold some of the answers in our global fight against climate change.

This raises some new questions – How do we bring Canada’s arctic science into the global discussion? How can we leverage diplomacy across borders to solve climate change and other scientific issues? And how can countries cooperate to protect the environment and promote sustainable development in the Arctic? What role do indigenous communities and traditional knowledge play in these discussions?

Our expert panelists will shed light on some of these questions, and look forward to engaging with the Montreal public on this important topic.

Our Panelists

Dr. Louis Fortier is a Professor at Université Laval (Quebec), who will talk about his research with ArcticNet;
Angela Nuliayok-Rudolph is a Policy Advisor at Polar Knowledge Canada (Canadian High Arctic Research Station, Nunavut), and will discuss the indigenous perspective in arctic knowledge;
Dr. Paul Berkman, Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy at Tufts University (Massachusetts) will discuss the role of science diplomacy in the arctic and at the Arctic Council.


Program

9:00 - 9:30 Registration

9:30 - 9:45 Introduction and welcome remarks by Science & Policy Exchange and and Rémi Quirion, Chief scientist of Quebec, Fonds de recherche du Québec

9:45 - 10:30 The Indigenous communities’ perspective by Angela Nuliayok-Rudoph, Policy Advisor at Polar Knowledge Canada

The scientific perspective by Louis Fortier, Science director at ArcticNet and Professor at Université Laval

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 - 11:55 Science diplomacy in the Arctic by Paul Berkman, Director, Science Diplomacy Center at Tufts University


Arctic Science & Diplomacy Simulation (Closed Session)

Dr. Melody Brown Burkins, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies and Associate Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College will lead the simulation of a Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) meeting discussing a project to formally connect the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to Arctic international science cooperation activities.





        

Donate or become a sponsor

Science & Policy Exchange is a registered charity and non-profit organization, and could not continue without the support of our partners and people like you! As a volunteer-run organization, SPE runs at a significantly low overhead cost. This means every dollar you donate goes to creating real impact through our activities. Please consider making a donation today or contact us if you or your organization wishes to sponsor any of our upcoming events.






SPE Café: Breaking Gender Barriers in STEM - Whose responsibility is it?  Event

December 11, 2017

We've published the report!

Contributing authors: Mary-Rose Bradley-Gill, Sara Ferwati, Lauren Fromont, Nicole George, Vanessa Sung, and Mehrgol Tiv

This report was generated from discussions among mostly female undergraduate and graduate STEMM students at an our SPE Café on Dec 11, 2017, inspired by the Gender Summit that took place in Montreal on Nov 6-8, 2017. It reflects barriers that participants have experienced or observed during their studies, as well as obstacles they anticipate facing as they pursue their careers. We acknowledge that many institutions have taken steps to address some of the gender barriers identified in this report, and are encouraged by the progress. We are also pleased that gender equity was a key theme in the 2018 Federal Budget and look forward to seeing the Government of Canada advance this as a priority.

See the full summary and news story here


Download full report as PDF (English only):



About #SPEcafé

For this edition of SPE café, we will address gender barriers in STEM and who is responsible for breaking them and how.

Click here to download the brief for the event

SPE café is a casual space for our community to gather and discuss ideas and events related to science and policy. We will provide participants with questions and specific topics to chat about, and cultivate ideas and solutions around. Your input will be published on our website, and will be used to create reports to advocate for solutions created at each SPE café.

Tickets: $5 , includes a drink and snacks/appetizers

Premise is simple - we provide the coffee and some background info to start an open discussion where we can identify key issues, debate current policies, or brainstorm new ones! Any notes / ideas / comments / solutions will be assembled into a short report by our team after the event. You will get a copy and together we can reach out to stakeholders and decision-makers so your ideas can have an impact.

Register today!


Donate or become a sponsor
Science & Policy Exchange is a registered charity and non-profit organization, and could not continue without the support of our partners and people like you! As a volunteer-run organization, SPE runs at a significantly low overhead cost. This means every dollar you donate goes to creating real impact through our activities. Please consider making a donation today or contact us if you or your organization wishes to sponsor any of our upcoming events.






SPE Café: Climate Change - Whose Responsibility Is It?  Event

November 14, 2017

About #SPEcafé

For this edition of SPE café, we will discuss the role of cities in combating climate change.

Download the brief for the event

SPE café is a casual space for our community to gather and discuss ideas and events related to science and policy. We will provide participants with questions and specific topics to chat about, and cultivate ideas and solutions around. Your input will be published on our website, and will be used to create reports to advocate for solutions created at each SPE café.

Premise is simple - event is free (space limited), we provide the coffee and some background info to start an open discussion where we can identify key issues, debate current policies, or brainstorm new ones! Any notes / ideas / comments / solutions will be assembled into a short report by our team after the event. You will get a copy and together we can reach out to stakeholders and decision-makers so your ideas can have an impact.

Register today!


Donate or become a sponsor
Science & Policy Exchange is a registered charity and non-profit organization, and could not continue without the support of our partners and people like you! As a volunteer-run organization, SPE runs at a significantly low overhead cost. This means every dollar you donate goes to creating real impact through our activities. Please consider making a donation today or contact us if you or your organization wishes to sponsor any of our upcoming events.






Bold Thinking, Better Solutions (with Universities Canada)  Event

November 13, 2017

*le français suit

 

Dear #Students4theReport Supporters,

 

Thank you again for your support for #Students4theReport! However, our work to push the government to implement the recommendations of the Fundamental Science Review needs to continue during these critical weeks of the lead-up to Budget 2018. We’re asking for your help in a social media push by tweeting your MP!

 

Science & Policy Exchange has partnered with Universities Canada for their Bold Thinking, Better Solutions Campaign. MPs are heading back to their ridings November 13-17 for a break week, which offers a great opportunity for universities to continue to push for the recommendations of the Naylor Report in this crucial lead-up period to Budget 2018.  Universities across the country are welcoming their local Members of Parliament on campus to showcase research in action as part of Universities Canada’s Bold Thinking, Better Solutions campaign, an opportunity for MPs to meet inspiring students and researchers driving economic, social and cultural innovation in Canada.

 

We’d love your help in sending the message to MPs that we need them to #SupportTheReport:

From Nov. 13-17, we’re asking you to tweet directly at your local MP to #supportthereport. And if you’re a student researcher, let them know what you’re working on and how important that research is. This social media activity will help complement the Bold Thinking, Better Solutions campaign, and also get the message to MPs who might not be attending one of these events.

 

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Who to tweet:
    1. If you are a student/researcher at one of the below universities with visiting MPs, tweet them to thank them and tell them why you #SupportTheReport. See the chart below or in our chart of MPs
    2. If you do not find your University below, see our chart of MPs for a selection of MPs in university ridings and their Twitter handle.
    3. If your University is not listed in our sheet or you want to Tweet your local MP, find your MP here: http://www.ourcommons.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members
  2. What to tweet:
    1. Use our template Tweets
    2. Use our #Students4theReport infographic to show that young researchers across Canada broadly #SupportTheReport
    3. Accompany them with Universities Canada GIFs on fundamental research: https://www.univcan.ca/priorities/research-and-innovation/need-action-canadas-fundamental-science-review/canadas-global-moment/
    4. Follow us on Twitter @DSP_SPE to easily Retweet some our tweets!

 

Thanks so much for your assistance at this important time. If you need a reminder of the #Students4theReport campaign, see our open letter that received over 1200 signatures and received endorsement from student associations representing over 300,000 students and postdocs!

 

Sincerely,

-The Science & Policy Exchange Team

 

Riding

MP

Twitter handle

University

Date Visiting

Guelph, ON

Lloyd Longfield

@LloydLongfield

University of Guelph

Nov 13

Waterloo, ON

Minister Bardish Chagger

@BardishKW

University of Waterloo

Nov 13 & 18

Kitchener Centre, ON

Raj Saini

@RajSainiNP

University of Waterloo

Nov 14

Ville-Marie - Le Sud-Ouest - Îles-des-Soeurs (Montreal), QC

Marc Miller

@MarcMillerVM

McGill University

already visited

LaSalle-Émard-Verdun (Montreal), QC

David Lametti

@DavidLametti

McGill University

already visited

Surrey Centre, BC

Randeep S. Sarai

@randeepssarai

University of British Columbia

TBD

Nickel Belt, ON

Marc Serré

@MarcSerreMP

Laurentian University

Nov 13

Sudbury, ON

Paul Lefebvre

@LefebvrePaul

Laurentian University

Nov 13

Winnipeg South, MB

Terry Duguid

@TerryDuguid

University of Winnipeg

Nov 13

Winnipeg Centre, MB

Robert Falcon Ouellette

@DrRobbieO

University of Winnipeg

Nov 13

London West, ON

Kate Young

@KateYoungMP

Western University

Nov 14 & 15

London North Centre, ON

Peter Fragiskatos

@pfragiskatos

Western University

Nov 14 & 15

Crowfoot, AB

Kevin Sorenson

@KevinASorenson

University of Alberta

TBD

Central Nova, NS

Sean Fraser

@SeanFraserMP

St. Francis Xavier

TBD

 

Chers sympathisants de notre campagne #Students4theReport,

 

Un grand merci à nouveau pour votre soutien à #Students4theReport ! Le travail continue cependant pour pousser le gouvernement à implémenter les recommandations de l’Examen du Soutien Fédéral aux Sciences pendant ces semaines critiques qui précèdent la finalisation du budget 2018. Nous vous demandons de soutenir notre effort sur les médias sociaux en envoyant un Tweet à votre député !

 

Dialogue Sciences et Politiques s’est allié à Universités Canada pour leur campagne Esprit Audacieux, Résultats Fructueux. Les députés parlementaires seront de retour dans leurs circonscriptions pour une semaine du 13 au 17 Novembre. Les universités doivent saisir cette opportunité pour continuer à faire pression en faveur de l’implémentation des recommandations du rapport Naylor en cette période cruciale qui nous mènera au Budget 2018. Des universités participant à la campagne Esprit Audacieux, Résultats Fructueux à travers le pays accueillent leur député local sur leur campus afin de leur présenter leur recherche en action. Cette initiative donnera l’opportunité aux députés de rencontrer des étudiants inspirants, ainsi que les chercheur qui sont à la tête de l’innovation économique, sociale et culturelle au Canada.  

 

Nous apprécierions énormément votre aide pour l’envoi de messages au députés afin de les pousser à soutenir le rapport #SupportTheReport:

Du 13 au 17 novembre, nous vous demandons d’envoyer des Tweets directement à votre député local afin de soutenir le rapport, #SupportTheReport. Si vous êtes un étudiant-chercheur, faites leur part de votre recherche et son importance. Cette activité sur les médias sociaux participera à compléter la campagne Esprit Audacieux, Résultats Fructueux ainsi qu’à faire parvenir le message aux députés qui n’auraient pas l’occasion de participer à l’un de ces événements.

 

Voici comment faire:

  1. A qui envoyer des Tweets :
    1. Si vous êtes étudiant chercheur dans l’une des universités ci-dessus, votre député visitera votre université. Envoyez-leur des Tweets pour les en remercier et faire leur savoir pourquoi vous soutenez le rapport. Referez-vous au tableau ci-dessous ou à notre table des députés.
    2. Si vous ne trouvez pas votre université ci-dessus, consultez notre table des députés pour une sélections de députés, leur circonscription d’université et leur identifiant Tweeter.
    3. Si votre université en fait pas partie de la liste ou que vous souhaitez envoyer des Tweets à votre député local, trouvez votre député sur ce site : http://www.noscommunes.ca/Parliamentarians/fr/members
  1. Contenu des Tweets :
    1. Utilisez nos modèles de Tweets
    2. Utilisez notre #Students4theReport infographie pour montrer que les jeunes chercheurs du Canada #SupportTheRepor
    3. Accompagnez-les des GIFs sur la recherche fondamentale offerts par Universités Canada. https://www.univcan.ca/fr/priorites/recherche-et-innovation/examen-du-soutien-la-science-fondamentale-lurgence-dagir/trousse-de-promotion-dinterets-un-moment-dimportance-mondiale-pour-le-canada/
    4. Suivez-nous sur Twitter, @DSP_SPE afin de pouvoir Retwitter nos Tweets facilement !

 

Un grand merci pour votre aide dans ce moment important. Si vous avez besoin d’un rappel sur notre campagne # Students4theReport veuillez consulter notre lettre ouverte, qui a reçu plus de 1200 signatures ainsi que le soutien d’associations étudiantes représentant plus de 300 000 étudiants et post doctorants!

Bien cordialement,

L’équipe de Dialogue Sciences et Politique

 

 

 

CSPC2017 - Engaging the public where they live: perspectives from media personalities and strategists for better science communication   Event

November 03, 2017

Engaging the Public Where They Live: Perspectives from Media Personalities and Strategists for Better Science Communication

Panel Organizer: Shawn McGuirk & Vanessa Sung, Science & Policy Exchange

Update: we've written an article for Medium summarizing the panel proceedings! It includes recommendations for those who would like to start doing #scicomm on social media but aren't sure where to start. A quick reference:



Event details:

The steadily declining perception of science in the media has now become a critical and worldwide issue, fueled by the viral spread of pseudoscience and “fake news” in an era where misinformation is prevalent. It has become necessary to enact new and more informed strategies to engage the public on a large scale, to break the stereotype of the “elite” scientist, and to communicate the importance of evidence, consensus, and the scientific method.

Our panel of media strategists and science communicators will describe their success in reaching the public on various media platforms (Twitter, podcasts, television, etc.) as well as how they believe scientists and policy makers can leverage new media to reinvigorate public interest and engagement in science and evidence. To maximize interactions between panelists and the audience, 45-60 minutes will be dedicated to a moderated discussion and question period. The strength of this panel firmly resides in establishing a dialogue between these media experts and our audience of established and aspiring science policy experts at CSPC, and we are confident that this exchange will yield viable and valuable strategies.

The intended outcomes are to generate a set of concrete strategies with which scientists and policy-makers alike can deploy to (1) increase their social media presence in an impactful way, (2) communicate information more effectively to wider audiences, and (3) translate online interactions into more active engagement from the public. These will be communicated broadly through universities, provincial and federal agencies, and other interest groups following CSPC.

Science & Policy Exchange is a non-profit advocacy group run by graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in Montreal, whose aims are two-fold: (1) to foster the student voice in evidence-based decision making and (2) to bring together leading experts from academia, industry, and government to engage and inform students and the public on issues at the interface of science and policy.

To know more about it click here!

When: 1:30-3pm on Friday November 3rd, 2017

Location: Shaw Center 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON, Canada




Gene editing: Rewriting your DNA (Public Forum)  Event

June 06, 2017

Gene editing: Rewriting your DNA


Thanks to all who attended this forum! Want more SPE content? Check out photos from the event and more SPE videos!


Event details:

Your DNA is a transcript of who you are, from your eye colour to your risk of developing cancer – what if we could change the script? DNA editing has been used for years in research labs to answer important questions about disease, but now with the advent of technologies like the CrispR/Cas9 system the possibilities seem endless. This raises some questions:

Do we understand enough about DNA to change it without creating undesirable side effects? Can we treat healthy people to fix genetic predispositions that lead to Huntington’s disease and cancer later in life? Should we start worrying about “designer babies”? Where do we draw the line?

This public forum intends to answer these questions and many more. Join us for a two-hour session on Tuesday June 6th to learn more about gene editing and what kinds of challenges Canadian scientists, lawyers, and policymakers foresee in these uncertain times.

To register for this public forum, click here. Registration is free, but seating is limited - so register quickly!


Psst...did you know this public forum is the second of a two-part series? To get more information or watch videos from our first forum on personal genetic testing , click here!


When: 6-8pm on Tuesday June 6th, 2017

Location: Martin Amphitheatre (6th floor), McIntyre Building, 3655 Promenade Sir William Osler, Montreal, QC, Canada

Format:

(10 min) Natalie Brender, former national director of Genomics in Society at Genome Canada, welcomes everyone to the session and briefly introduces the topic and why it’s an important discussion to have, introduces the speakers;

(25 min) Alan Peterson, professor in Experimental Medicine at McGill, gives brief background on what gene editing is, then discusses how these technologies are used in research and how they are being/will be translated to the clinic;

(25 min) Erika Kleiderman, associate at McGill’s Centre of Genomics and Policy, discusses policy and ethical considerations of gene editing technologies in health care.

(15 min) Break for coffee where we will collect cue cards with your questions for our panelists

(45 min) We will pose your questions to the panel for discussion

Please see the "Speakers" tab above for more information about our speakers.




Genetic sequencing gets personal: Who owns your DNA? (Public Forum)  Event

May 16, 2017

Genetic sequencing gets personal: Who owns your DNA?


Thanks to all who attended this forum! Want more SPE content? Check out photos from the event and more SPE videos!


Event details:

Your DNA is an awesome source of information - you can trace your heritage, determine your risks of disease, and even use it to personalize treatments. With new technologies available in the clinic and at home through kits from companies like BiogeniQ, 23andMe, and even Ancestry.com, it is almost certain that your DNA will get sequenced.

But who owns your genetic information? Will insurance companies or research groups have access to your genetic information? What is a genetic counselor, and do you need one?

This public forum intends to answer these questions and many more. Join us for a two-hour session on Tuesday May 16th to learn more about personal DNA sequencing and how Canadian scientists, senators, and policymakers are making sure your data stays safe.

To register for this public forum, click here. Registration is free, but seating is limited - so register quickly!


Psst...did you know this public forum is the first of a two-part series? To get more information for our gene editing forum on June 6th, click here!


When: 6-8pm on Tuesday May 16th, 2017

Location: Martin Amphitheatre (6th floor), McIntyre Building, 3655 Promenade Sir William Osler, Montreal, QC, Canada

Format:

(2 min) James Cowan, a now retired senator who sponsored and recently passed the genetic anti-discrimination bill S201, briefly welcomes everyone to the session;

(20 min) Nathalie Bolduc, genetic counsellor with BiogeniQ, describes what you can learn from personal genetics testing for heritage or disease, and reasons why you should do it;

(25 min) Adrian Thorogood, associate at McGill's Centre for Genomics and Policy, will introduce DNA sequencing and how these technologies impact treatment, and will discuss how DNA data is regulated, who owns it, and how can it be used, for better or for worse.

(15 min) James Cowan discusses the importance of bill S-201, and what are some next steps in the fight against genetic discrimination.

(15 min) Break for coffee where we will collect cue cards with your questions for our panelists

(45 min) Senator Cowan will pose your questions to the panel for discussion

Please see the "Speakers" tab above for more information about our speakers.




Social Mixer at L'Amère à Boire  Event

February 09, 2017

Where: Brasserie L'Amère à Boire, 2049 St-Denis St., Montreal (H2X 3K8)

When: Thursday, February 9th 2017 at 6 PM

Details: Our first event of the year! We have a lot on our plate for 2017, and we want to start it on the right foot by inviting you to join us for a social mixer next week at one of our favorite pubs. Come and meet the new SPE team, talk policy, or pitch us your ideas!

Let us know if you can attend by visiting our Facebook event page!

CSPC2016 - Developing Canada’s Innovation Talent: How New Directions in STEM Education Can Position Canada for Success  Event

November 08, 2016

Joint panel organized by:
Andrew Parkin
Let's Talk Science; Bonnie Schmidt
Science & Policy Exchange; Shawn McGuirk and Liam Crapper
Information and Communications Technology Council; Sean O'Leary

Placing Canada at the centre of global innovation can only be achieved through the development of talent. This talent must come from both a new generation of young innovators, and from the ongoing training of those already in the workforce. While Canada’s diverse systems of education and training have successfully positioned the country as a world leader in knowledge and skills at the start of the 21st century, we face the challenge of ensuring that this advantage is maintained, not only in the near future but also in decades to come. This may require new directions at every level of STEM education, including elementary and secondary education, postsecondary education, and adult learning and skills development. This panel will explore the question of what these new directions should be, drawing on the perspectives of students, educators, policy makers and employers. It will be informed by knowledge mobilization initiatives recently completed by three organizations. Let’s Talk Science reviewed and consolidated recommendations for new directions in STEM education from experts from around the world in order to identify the core elements of a framework for innovative STEM learning. The Science & Policy Exchange engaged university students and experts in a dialogue on the current state of STEM education in Canada, whose proceedings were compiled in a report which identifies several shortfalls in higher education. The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) launched a digital talent strategy highlighting Canada’s digital landscape and labour market needs and providing recommendations to build Canada’s digital talent base in an increasingly global and digital landscape. The panelists will consider the recommendations stemming from all three initiatives and consider the changes that should be made in STEM education and skills training to ensure that Canada continues to have the talent needed to successfully deliver on the promise of a new innovation agenda.

For more information about CSPC 2016, visit http://cspc2016.ca/

Science and Policy Exchange - STEM Working Group  Event

November 28, 2015

Update: The strategies and solutions discussed at this event have been compiled in a white paper, which was released November 7th 2016 and presented at the 2016 Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) on November 8th 2016.

STEM Working Group

Have you craved for a more practical curriculum that brings academics to the real world? Have you wondered about the relationship between your degree and your employability?

A recent report by the Council of Canadian Academies suggests that STEM education is a necessary but not sufficient requirement for innovation and economic growth. Based on these findings, Science and Policy Exchange (SPE) is developing a white paper on how to translate training in Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) fields to improve employment options leading to an increase in economic growth for Canada. To do so, we are hosting the SPE Working Group on STEM Education to bring together students with experts in STEM fields across academic, government and industry sectors. The goal is to deliberate and devise guidelines for the federal government to radically improve the way STEM training is imparted. As such, we are looking for student representatives to take part in this full day event on Saturday November 28th, 2015.

What's In It For Me?
Selected students will be invited to interact and contribute to the white paper as co-authors, engage in a lively discussion with experts from various fields, and enjoy an exclusive networking session with an exclusive expert panelist.

 

Event Details
When: Saturday November 28th, 2015
Location: Montreal, QC (details TBA)
Foramt: This This event will involve small group discussions related to a specific aspect of the STEM ecosystem. Students will work together with experts in each sector to devise and collate guidelines for the white paper. If you are selected, more details will be given on the specific topic so that you can adequately prepare.

 
 

Application Instructions
Application Deadline: Wednesday November 10, 2015 at 17:00 EDT
Answer the following questions within the indicated word limit. Save completed applications as a Microsoft Word document with the file name: firstname_lastname_application and submit it along with a curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages) saved as firstname_lastname_CV to spestemevent@gmail.com.

1. Please describe the qualities that you possess that would make you the ideal candidate to voice the student perspective at the Science & Policy Exchange STEM Working Group on STEM Education (250 Max).

2. What are your long-term career goals and how will this experience contribute to meeting those goals (250 Max).

3. What do you believe is the biggest issue facing STEM fields today? What are the potential solutions to the challenges you identified? (500 Max)

If you are selected, you will be asked to join a discussion group on a specific topic. Please rank the following topics in order of preference (1 being the discussion group would you most like to take part in and 5 being the discussion you would least like to take part in).

 

________Government Policies
________Start-up Companies/Entrepreneurship
________Big Bussiness/Industries
________Natural Sciences(e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
________Applied Science(e.g. Technology, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics

Come On Get Happy! The Science Behind Stress Management and Productivity  Event

June 02, 2015

Join us for SPE’s second public forum this year, where we will be exploring different aspects of mental wellness, followed by a panel discussion with a Q&A with three experts. Our second free public forum will be moderated by Mr. Jeff Moat, the President of Partners for Mental Health, and will feature a talk from Dr. Michael Meaney, the Scientific Director at Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, who will be highlighting how the environment impact our genes and mental well-being (more info). Our second speaker Dr. Sonia Lupien, The Founder and Director of Centre for Studies on Human Stress, will discuss her research on stress and her “Destress for Success” program( more info). Our third speaker will be Dr. Pierre Durand, who is a professor at the School of Industrial Relations, and a researcher at the Institute for Public Health research at Université de Montréal where his research includes understanding the relationship between workplace factors and mental health problems.

 
 

Thank You to Our Sponsors
A big thank you to our sponsors for supporting our second SPE public this year, Partnersformentalhealth, Cadance, Spa Ovarium,and Victoria Park.

The Truth About Antibiotics: Superbugs and What You Need To Know  Event

March 10, 2015

Science and Policy Exchange’s first public forum

On March 10th 2015, the Science and Policy Exchange hosted its first public forum, “The Truth about Antibiotics: Superbugs and What You Need to Know,” consisting of a panel of expert speakers who discussed the topic of antibiotic resistance from various contexts.

The evening began with a witty introduction from Dr. Albert Berghuis (McGill University). Dr. Berghuis warmed up the crowd of almost 100 with a timeline of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance. “Penicillin started it all.” Since then, other antibiotics have been discovered, however, this has plateaued significantly with very few new antibiotic discoveries occurring in the past few years. A scarier fact is that currently, there are no antibiotics without resistance. Dr. Berghuis then introduced “the perfect storm:” a combination of the decline in antibiotic discovery and the increase in antibiotic resistance. Dr. Berghuis ended by stating that we need better drugs. Science and research can provide clues to answering the problem of antibiotic resistance, however this is not a “one way problem,” and cannot be answered by science and research alone, highlighting the importance of the forum’s dialogue between the different panelists.

The first panelist of the evening, Dr. Karl Weiss (Université de Montréal) began by emphasizing that few advancements in the field of medicine have impacted life expectancy as antibiotics have. He then stressed that a major threat leading to the increase of antibiotic resistance is worldwide travel. Antibiotics are easily accessible in most of the world, however, there are many differences in regulations between different countries. For example, only 50 of 200 countries require a prescription to obtain antibiotics. This becomes problematic because resistance is no longer restricted to one location – when people travel, antibiotic resistance travels with them. Although use of antibiotics is more controlled in Canada, Dr. Weiss believes that there is still room for improvement by changing the prescribing behavior among family physicians. With that being said, Dr. Weiss reiterated that “antibiotic resistance is [still] one of the most threatening issues in medicine today.”

Dr. Vinay Thatte (Health Canada) then introduced the audience to the Canadian drug approval process. All drugs, including antibiotics, have side effects and Health Canada works to measure the risks vs. benefits of each new drug. After the long process of drug discovery, each new drug must then go through a rigorous approval period before being released onto the market. This is a lengthy process as a lot of information needs to be reviewed to ensure that the standards are met for three major areas: safety (warnings, precautions, adverse reactions), efficacy (benefits, dosage, population), quality (stability, impurities, sterility). Once approved, all of this information is openly accessible as a product monograph which Dr. Thatte strongly encourages consumers to seek out. Additionally, after drug approval, Health Canada continues to monitor safety while the drug remains on the market. Dr. Thatte concluded by reassuring that: Canadians should feel safe about the drugs that they are consuming!

Dr. Marie Archambault provided yet another facet of antibiotic resistance from the perspective of veterinary medicine. A similar trend of the evening emerged as Dr. Archambault began her dialog stating that antibiotic resistance is the largest, continual threat again humans and animals. In veterinary medicine, the use of antibiotics is used for treatment, growth promotion, and for prophylaxis. Proactive countries such as Sweden have banned the use of antibiotics as growth promoters and Dr. Archambault is hopeful that antibiotics will soon be banned in Canada for this purpose. She then proudly discussed how Quebec is a “pioneer” of the country with very active regulation of antibiotic use. Some examples of such pioneering in the field includes: mandatory prescriptions for antibiotic usage among animals, mandatory certification in bacterial resistance, and surveillance of antibiotic use and bacterial movement in animals. Dr. Archambault ended her panel with the importance of the veterinary community and other experts in the field to become the leading forefront of antibiotic resistance stewardship.

The last panelist of the evening was Mr. Michael Atkin (Sopharmia Inc.) who spoke of antibiotics in the context of the pharmaceutical industry. Mr. Atkin started off with the poignant fact that antibiotics are a $38 billion market that still “can’t get no (any) respect.” The antibiotics market is an invisible market of high volume, low priced, generic drugs. In terms of the numbers, each new drug costs $2 – $5000 over a short course treatment, therefore fewer pharmaceutical companies are invested in a market that does not have a huge payout. Mr. Atkin believes that truly novel, creative antibiotics can overcome the hurdles of field and revive the market. Finishing with some positive remarks, Mr. Atkin pointed out that although many large pharmaceutical companies have left the antibiotics field, more venture capitalists and some governments are recognizing the threat of antibiotic resistance and are beginning to invest more money for antibiotics for resistant microbials. In a case of “the revolving pharma door,” many pharmaceutical companies are slowly becoming interested in this field again.

The floor was then opened to the public who had many burning questions leading to a thought provoking discussion. The discourse ranged from topics about the changing (and improving) societal views of antibiotics to the importance of basic and academic research, with the overall awareness that more needs to be done in this field or else human health will take a huge hit. A lengthy discussion regarding whether we are “losing a battle to [antimicrobial] evolution” had all the panelists weighing in. The general consensus of the evening was an optimistic one; with novel, creative, and multiple approaches, the panelists believe that the situation of antibiotic resistance will get better as evidenced in other countries.

*Summary piece was written by Vicki Leung, a dedicated SPE volunteer with inputs from Noura Redding, then Vice President of Communications, SPE.

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BioTech Annecto Montreal - Holiday Cocktail  Event

December 10, 2014

The holiday season is upon us. On December 10th BioTech Annecto Montreal is inviting you to an end of the year celebration to the new & trendy Pub Sir Joseph. It will be the perfect place to reconnect and make new connections, enjoy good food and drinks, share stories and wrap up the year. The admission ticket includes two drinks and five tapas per guest.

For more information and to register please visit http://biotechannecto.com/Montreal or contact us at: montreal@biotechannecto.com

Women in Bio  Event

December 09, 2014

The greater Montreal chapter of Women in Bio will be hosting a Holiday happy hour and networking event on December 9th, 2013 at 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Registration is only $15 (or free for members) if you register on or before December 5th. Don’t miss this chance to ring-in the season with women and men in Quebec’s bioscience sector. More info here.