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CSPC | CSPC 2017 Themes

CSPC 2017 Themes

Because 2017 is Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the CSPC themes are being structured within the following context:

  • How effectively have we used science-based knowledge to meet Canada’s challenges over the past 150 years and also today?

  • How should we use science-based knowledge more effectively over the next 50 years to meet Canada’s challenges?

And here are the five themes of CSPC 2017:

1. What are Canada’s likely challenges in the next 50 years, and how can scientific knowledge be used to solve them?

  • Evolving our economy from resource based to knowledge driven

  • Ensuring Canada’s position in the world as a powerful peace keeping, innovative, diverse nation

  • Ensuring an effective federal system with alignment of the interests and values of regions and sectors

  • Sustainability of our environment, natural resources, and universal health care system

  • A science enterprise that is excellent, creative, productive and training talent for future needs and opportunities


2. How does Canada get the new scientific knowledge it needs?

  • Changing geography of knowledge production and knowledge consumption

  • Convergence , interdisciplinary science, the role of social sciences and the arts

  • Big science: role in knowledge production; role of roadmaps

  • Citizen science: engaging citizens in knowledge production


3. How do we strengthen the environment for the production and integration of new scientific knowledge?

  • Funding mechanisms: new realities, new directions

  • New STI institutions and mechanisms of community engagement

  • Technology foresight

  • The impact agenda: measuring what difference science makes; creating the conditions for impact

  • Balancing accountability and productivity

  • The role of cities, provinces and territories


4. How can we more effectively bring new and existing scientific knowledge to bear on Canada’s challenges?

  • Knowledge for policy development

    • Science and politics: interdependencies and tensions

    • The science – policy interface in a federal system: federal, provincial & territorial interactions

    • Decision making in a complex and contested sphere

    • Lessons from the coal face: case studies of evidence-based decision making

  • Knowledge for innovation

    • The innovation ecosystem: system thinking; system analysis

    • SMEs growth and scale up and designing effective supply chain

    • Technology intensive multinationals: incentives to build vs attract

    • Procurement and regulation: catalysts or barriers to innovation?

  • Knowledge to meet global challenges

    • Accessing STI insights and knowledge from the international community

    • How science can help in a de-globalization era

    • The role of science in positioning Canada in the international community


5. How do we engage the public in Canada’s science system?

  • Risk communication and social license

  • Social media and science communication in public engagement

  • Public perception of science and scientists

  • Science culture and public engagement in science

  • Science and social innovation in the age of post everything