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CSPC | Science Meets Parliament 2020 (SMP 2020)

Science Meets Parliament 2020 (SMP 2020)

Science Meets Parliament 2020 (SMP 2020) has been postponed to the fall and will not be held in May 2020 due to precautionary measures against the spread of Covid-19. CSPC will announce the new SMP 2020 dates in due course.

The Canadian Science Policy Centre and the Office of Chief Science Advisor are pleased to announce the second round of Science Meets Parliament, which will take place in Ottawa in Fall 2020!

The first Science Meets Parliament in 2018 was a great success, and the project received positive feedback from both SMP delegates and as well as the participating parliamentarians. Here’s what our delegates had to say:

"This is a valuable eye-opening experience for scientists to learn about current issues, the legislative process, and most importantly, to get to know the MPs." – delegate

"My ability to connect with parliamentarians and policy-makers and move my research into policy channels has never before felt so possible." - delegate


The objective of this initiative is to strengthen the connections between Canada’s scientific and political communities, enable a two-way dialogue, and promote mutual understanding of science and public policy. This initiative aims to help scientists become familiar with policy making at the political level, and for parliamentarians to explore using scientific evidence in policy making.  This initiative will not include any discussion of science funding or other forms of advocacy. 

The Science Meets Parliament model is adapted from the successful Australian program that is now in its 21st year. Similar initiatives exist in the EU, the UK and Spain.

CSPC’s program aims to benefit the Parliamentarians, the scientific community and, indirectly, the Canadian public.

Science Meets Parliament 2018

  • Minister Kirsty Duncan addressing the Delegates
  • Dr. Mona Nemer
  • Science Meets Parliament 2018
  • MP Hon. Michael Chong
  • Dr. Jeremy Brownlie
  • SMP 2018
  • SMP 2018
  • MP Dan Ruimy
  • MP Dr. Brian Masse