Read our press release regarding Budget 2018, which includes a historic influx of funding for fundamental science.
This report was generated from discussions among mostly female undergraduate and graduate STEMM students at an 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.
This brief outlines the importance of funding research and enhancing capacity building programs to support trainees for all career paths. While we are pleased that the recommendations from the Fundamental Science Review was taken into serious consideration in the previous budget, there are key areas where trainees lack critical support for their career development. The future of trainees is heavily tied to funding allocated to research and skill development. This funding will support the next-generation of leaders in Canada.