OTTAWA, April 10, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, made the following statement:
"I am pleased to receive the report from the expert panel on Canada's Fundamental Science Review. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Dr. David Naylor for his thoughtful and exemplary leadership of this important review. I also wish to thank all the members of this distinguished panel for generously dedicating their time and expertise to conduct this review, the first of its kind in over 40 years. Finally, I'd like to express my gratitude to the many people who provided thought-provoking input during the panel's public consultations and roundtables.
"Findings from the review will help our government continue to strengthen Canada's international standing in fundamental science and capacity to produce world-leading research that improves the lives of Canadians. The panel's recommendations will also help us support researchers and scholars so they are able to make the discoveries and innovations that improve our health, environment, economy and communities. As well, researchers provide students with the hands-on skills they need to become the next generation of nurses and doctors, engineers and entrepreneurs, teachers and scientists who will help build a strong, vibrant middle class.
"Last June, I launched the independent review of federal investments in, and funding for, fundamental science research. The review involved a broad online consultation as well as targeted roundtables across the country. This gave all interested parties, including research communities and civil society, the opportunity to share their views on the effectiveness of current support for scientists and scientific research. In particular, the panel looked at the challenges facing women and other under-represented groups and considered ways to make current support more accessible and inclusive.
"I look forward to reviewing the panel's recommendations and will continue listening to and engaging in an open and thoughtful way with Canada's research community as we collectively work toward the goal of ensuring that federal support for fundamental research is strategic and effective and meets the needs of all Canadians."
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