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CSPC | Applying for Science Meets Parliament 2020 (SMP 2020)

Applying for Science Meets Parliament 2020 (SMP 2020)

Evaluation Criteria:


  • The program is still in its early phase and is only open to researchers who currently hold a Tier II Canada Research Chair position and are affiliated with a Canadian post-secondary institution (Tier II Canada Research Chair status must be announced by April 1, 2020).
  • Former delegates (from SMP 2018) are excluded from application to SMP 2020.

Researchers from a diverse range of scientific and engineering disciplines including all social, medical, and natural sciences will be included to participate in SMP 2020. We expect to select 30 candidates in total. In future iterations of this program, we hope to expand the application process to include researchers from all career stages.

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



The dates for SMP 2020 will be confirmed shortly, but the program will likely take place in mid or late May, 2020, over a period of 2 or 3 days in Ottawa.

To participate in the program, you must attend all scheduled events.

SMP 2020 program will include:

  • A full-day mandatory orientation session that includes information about the business of Parliament and exercises that prepare delegates to speak with politicians
  • Meetings with Members of Parliament, Senators, and the Chief Science Advisor of Canada
  • Observation of House and/or Senate committee meetings
  • Attending Question Period in Parliament
  • Meetings with Member of Parliament or Senator (cancelations may happen due to unpredictable Parliamentary business and voting)
  • Networking reception with MPs, Senators, and staff (including a poster session)

Mandatory requirements

  1. Registration fee: Accepted delegates will be required to pay $400 , which will include breakfast, lunch, the evening networking reception, and admission to the program. All delegates will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs.
  2. Scientists who attend this session are required to either present a lecture at their host institution, and/or write an editorial for CSPC’s website editorial page about their experience with the program, interactions with Parliamentarians, and insights they gained through this experience.

For more information on any of the above please contact:


Relevant reading:

Annual Report of the Chief Science Advisor (2018), Science Meets Parliament page 27

Canadian Science Policy Centre Strategic Plan

Science Meets Parliament 2018 Delegate Booklet- English

Science Meets Parliament 2018 Delegate Booklet- French

Zhao J. et al., Canadian Science Meets Parliament: Building relationships between scientists and policymakers (2020) Science and Public Policy

Evidence in Action Report. An analysis of information gathering and use by Canadian Parliamentarians. (2019), Evidence for Democracy

Do we have enough scientists in Parliament? (2019) iPolitics - OpEd