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Canadian Science Policy Centre | Science Policy Nuts and Bolts

Science Policy Nuts and Bolts

Conference Day: 
November 25

What is Science Policy? Always wondered but were too afraid to ask? Think you have all the answers? Then this workshop is for you. Whether you prefer “from bench to bedside”, “mind to market”, “knowledge to action”, or any other buzzy phrase, we can all agree that the need to translate and mobilize new ideas and scientific knowledge into useful applications is a growing pressure among researchers, funding agencies, and policy makers. Together we will break down ways to think about the influence of science on the policy-making process, and concepts for how policy can influence the scientific research enterprise.

You will gain an understanding of how science policy works by getting to know the policy toolkit (your nuts and bolts!) and by exploring the positions and competing interests of the stakeholders in a real-life case study. We will finish with a career panel consisting of professionals who ended up in science policy through very different avenues.

We welcome curious thinkers from all background, whether in sciences, engineering, public policy, business, communications, arts or something else entirely. If you have interest in science policy, this workshop is the place for you to share and expand your knowledge, build skills, and meet interesting people in the world of science policy.


Director of Technical Operations, NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE Energy & Environment

Marcius Extavour is a leader working at the intersection of science, technology, policy, and public engagement. His primary interests are the social, policy, and technology approaches to clean and sustainable energy systems, as well as the... [ READ MORE ]

University of Ottawa
Full Professor and University Research Chair in Experimental Evolution

Dr. Rees Kassen is Full Professor and University Research Chair in Experimental Evolution at the University of Ottawa. He is known internationally for his integrative approach to the study of biodiversity and pioneering work using microbes to... [ READ MORE ]

Federal Science and Technology Secretariat

Jeff has over 26 years of experience in government science and S&T policy in the US and Canada. His US experience includes the National Science Foundation, the National Academies, and the Naval Research Laboratory. In Canada, Jeff has... [ READ MORE ]

Foreign Service Officer
U.S. Department of State

Dr. Miguel Rodrigues is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. Currently posted to the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, his portfolio includes health, the Arctic, science and technology, and innovation. He served on the Policy... [ READ MORE ]

Deputy Director, Policy Research and Outreach
Global Affairs Canada

Valérie La Traverse has worked on science, technology and innovation–related policy, business development and outreach for Global Affairs Canada (formerly Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development) for the past twelve years. She... [ READ MORE ]

CSPC 2015 Team

Science to Action Consulting

Silke has 15 years of experience in the front lines of science, first as a graduate student and then as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Assistant Professor, working out of at major research institutes in Canada, Panama, the Netherlands, and... [ READ MORE ]