OTTAWA, Sept. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - An authoritative, evidence-based
assessment of the state of science and technology in Canada has found
that Canadian science and technology is healthy and growing in both
output and impact. Over the past five years, real improvements have
occurred in the magnitude and quality of Canadian science and
A newly released report by the Council of Canadian Academies entitled, The State of Science and Technology in Canada, 2012 provides a thorough analysis of the scientific disciplines and
technological applications where Canada excels in a global context. In
2010, Industry Canada via the Minister of Industry, asked the Council
of Canadian Academies to assess the state of science and technology in
Canada and to consider all fields in which research is conducted As
such, the Council assembled an 18-member expert panel from Canada and
around the world to conduct this in-depth assessment. In particular,
the panel focused on research performed in the higher education sector,
as well as in the not-for-profit and government sectors.
"There is much for Canadians to be proud of as Canada's international
reputation is strong, science and technology research is robust across
the country, and globally we are considered to have world-leading
research infrastructure and programs," said Panel Chair Dr. Eliot
Phillipson. "The Panel's findings are comprehensive and represent one
of the most in-depth examinations of Canadian science and technology
Key findings within the report include:
The six research fields in which Canada excels are: clinical medicine,
historical studies, information and communication technologies (ICT),
physics and astronomy, psychology and cognitive sciences, and visual
and performing arts.
Canadian science and technology is healthy and growing in both output
and impact. With less than 0.5 per cent of the world's population,
Canada produces 4.1 per cent of the world's research papers and nearly
5 per cent of the world's most frequently cited papers
In a survey of over 5,000 leading international scientists, Canada's
scientific research enterprise was ranked fourth highest in the world,
after the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany.
Canada is part of a network of international science and technology
collaboration that includes the most scientifically advanced countries
in the world. Canada is also attracting high-quality researchers from
abroad, such that over the past decade there has been a net migration
of researchers into the country.
Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta are the powerhouses of
Canadian science and technology, together accounting for 97 per cent of
total Canadian output in terms of research papers. These provinces also
have the best performance in patent-related measures and the highest
per capita numbers of doctoral students, accounting for more than 90
per cent of doctoral graduates in Canada in 2009.
Several fields of specialization were identified in other provinces,
such as: agriculture, fisheries, and forestry in Prince Edward Island
and Manitoba; historical studies in New Brunswick; biology in
Saskatchewan; as well as earth and environmental sciences in
Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia.
Elizabeth Dowdeswell, President of the Council of Canadian Academies
noted, "In 2006, the Council published its first report on the state of
science and technology in Canada. It provided a solid evidence base
from which policy decisions could be made." She added, "The Council's
2012 report builds upon, updates, and expands on the 2006 assessment.
The current Expert Panel used a suite of complimentary measures to
capture information about different aspects of the Canadian research
system. As a result, this report provides considerable data for
further exploring and understanding Canadian strengths, trends, and
emerging areas of science and technology."
The Panel's mandate excluded an examination of science and technology
performed in the private sector, as this area is being assessed by the
Council's Expert Panel on the State of Industrial Research and
Development. Combined these two reports will provide a comprehensive
overview of Canada's science and technology enterprise.
To view the full report and media primers, visit the links below:
About the Council of Canadian Academies
The Council of Canadian Academies is an independent, not-for-profit
organization that began operation in 2005. The Council supports
evidence-based, expert assessments to inform public policy development
in Canada. Assessments are conducted by independent, multidisciplinary
panels of experts from across Canada and abroad. The Council's
blue-ribbon panels serve free of charge and many are Fellows of the
Council's Member Academies: the Royal Society of Canada; the Canadian
Academy of Engineering; and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
The Council's vision is to be Canada's trusted voice for science in the
public interest. For more information visit: www.scienceadvice.ca
SOURCE: Council of Canadian Academies
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