CFP: CSPC 2018: Building Bridges Between Science, Policy, and Society

November 7-9, 2018, Ottawa, Ontario

Call for papers

The Canadian Science Policy Centre announces the call for panel proposals for the 10th Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) to be held in Ottawa, Ontario, on November 7-9th, 2018, at the Delta Hotel.

CSPC 2018 will bring together scientists, entrepreneurs, policymakers, politicians, journalists, students, and many others from across the country to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Science Policy Conference. We hope you all join to discuss the future of science policy in Canada to explore, discuss, exchange and mobilize knowledge regarding the present and future of Canadian science, technology, and innovation policy.

The Centre invites proposals in a variety of presentation formats that revolve around any of the conference themes below. The diversity of presentation formats throughout the conference makes it possible for delegates and organizations to share their thoughts, views, and experiences in the most interactive and engaging manner possible. Proposals of organizations and individuals from across all sectors and disciplines are welcome. The deadline for submitting your proposal is April 13, 2018.

CSPC 2018 Themes

  • Science and Policy
  • Science and Society
  • Science, Innovation, and Economic Development
  • Science and International Affairs
  • Science and The Next Generation

Criteria for CSPC Panel Selection

The following criteria will be used to assess and rank proposals for CSPC 2018:

  • Alignment with the conference objectives
  • Quality of the proposed session and panelists
  • Representation of a diverse range of panelists (mandatory)
  • Panel readiness
  • Innovative and interactive session format
  • Importance of the session for science, innovation, and society
  1. Alignment with the conference objectives:

The objective of the conference is to support a strong culture of science and innovation in Canada and to build a strong science policy community. Session proposals will be evaluated on their ability to support the conference objectives:

  • To provide an inclusive forum at the national level to identify, discuss, and provide insights into current Canadian science, technology and innovation policy issues;
  • To forge stronger links and create networking opportunities among science policy stakeholders;
  • To provide a venue for a new generation of scientists, entrepreneurs, and policymakers to interact, innovate, and shape the future of the Canadian science policy landscape required for a knowledge-driven economy;
  • To provide a supportive environment for innovative ideas and projects in science policy;
  • To raise the profile of science policy and connect with the mainstream media and the public
  1. Quality of the proposed session and panelists:

Quality is extremely important in ranking a panel. According to the CSPC, quality is defined as:

Content and Topic:

  • Deep comprehension of the subject
  • Well-justified and well-described
  • Panelists:
  • Knowledge and experience
  • Ability to garner public attention
  1. Representation of a diverse range of panelists:

The CSPC is a multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary forum on science, technology, and innovation policy issues. Intentionality towards inclusion and representation of the diversity inherent in Canada is a crucial criterion for ranking panels. Session participants should represent diversity based on, but not limited to, gender, sector, discipline, geography, ethnicity, and age. Embracing equity, diversity and inclusion as core factors in the development of effective and impactful science policy, and in driving innovation enterprise, are central values of the CSPC. Therefore, panels must be demonstrably diverse and the lack thereof will impair panel ranking. In addition, the CSPC highly recommends the inclusion of younger generation perspectives in the panels.

Panels must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Gender diversity in the panel
  • Panelists from two or more of the following sectors: Government, Academia, Private Sector, Non-Profit, Media
  • Panelists from at least two different provinces
  • International speakers considered a plus in diversity ranking
  1. Panel readiness:

Plans for a well-coordinated panel presentation with advanced discussion and meetings amongst panelists must be explained. Sessions with confirmed speakers will rank more competitively than those without.

  1. Innovative and interactive session format:

There are two options for the length of the session: 90 minutes and 45 minutes.

Once again, the CSPC is offering multiple formats for the various sessions. Proposals may fall under one of the following streams. Please note that the proposals in each stream will compete with each other. Please be mindful that some streams, such as the traditional panel sessions, may be more popular and hence more competitive.

  • Green Paper Discussions
  • Case Studies
  • Short Talks Series
  • Interactive Learning Session (Workshop)
  • Debate Format
  • Traditional Panel Session

The CSPC highly encourages session organizers to create new and more interactive formats. Proposals with innovative and interactive formats will be ranked higher.

Detailed descriptions of each format can be found on the Panel Format page.

  1. Importance of the session for science, innovation, and society

The proposal must describe and justify the significance and timeliness of this subject for science, innovation, and society at large, in Canada and internationally.


April 13th, 2018: Proposal submission deadline

May 2018: Participants will be notified of competition results

May 2018: Confirmation of session descriptions and speakers/moderators

June 2018: Confirmation of session requirements from conference manager

1st week of July 2018: Announcement of the conference program

November 7, 8 or 9, 2018: Delivery of sessions at the 2018 CSPC


About the Canadian Science Policy Conference

Canadian Science Policy Conference is Canada’s most comprehensive, multi-sectoral, and interdisciplinary forum in science policy and a major focal point for the community to network and engage in the most current and important conversations.

Every year, organizations and individuals submit panel proposals to be presented at the conference and after a substantive peer review process, a number of those proposals are selected to be presented at the conference.

The Canadian Science Policy Conference attracts “who’s who” of science and innovation policy community from both the current leadership cadre and the next generation of Canada’s top scientists, business leaders, and science policy experts.

Deadline: April 13, 2018

Posted: February 28, 2018