Canadian Science Policy Conference, Toronto, October 28-30 2009

    TORONTO, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - The Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC)
will bring together industry, government and academia to discuss science
policy in Canada - where we are, and where we should be headed in the future.
Open discussion panels between these three sectors of Canadian science and
technology will allow for the exchange of ideas about scientific input into
the policy making process, and funding of both academic and industrial
scientific research in Canada; creating a platform for "better policies for
better science".

    The two and a half day conference will feature:

    -   Keynote addresses by

           -  The Hon. Gary Goodyear; Minister of State, Science and

           -  Preston Manning; President and CEO of the Manning Centre for
              Building Democracy

    -   Plenary sessions on "Canada's national science and technology
        strategy" and, "The Canadian economy - from resource-based to

    -   Ample networking opportunities. Receptions, meet-and-greets, and
        poster exhibits will all be wonderful opportunities for professionals
        from every field to interact and make connections outside of their
        individual spheres of research and policy making.

    -   13 Panel discussions, with more than 50 speakers, headed by leading
        scientists, politicians and industry representatives from across the

    The conference will feature 5 major topics of interest for both the
scientific community and Canadians at large:

    1.  Major issues in Canadian science and technology policy: A focus on
        the exchange of information between scientists and policy makers, as
        well as the role played by scientific associations.

    2.  Scientific research in economic growth and recession: Will address
        the cultural and institutional barriers to commercial innovation that
        exist in Canada, and the best practices to encourage collaborations
        between universities and industry.

    3.  Science & technology and Canada's future challenges: A discussion of
        challenges in governing emerging technologies in an increasingly
        globalized economy and ensuring policy keeps pace with the rate of
        scientific discovery.

    4.  Science and public engagement: A close look at science journalism,
        open access publishing, and science education and training programs.

    5.  Science & technology in the global village: An examination of the
        science policies of other nations, best practices that could be
        adopted in Canada, and how to best foster collaboration.

    As we move further into the 21st century it is critical that the public,
the government and the scientific community have mutual accountability,
allowing Canada to be at the forefront of advances in science and technology.
The CSPC will facilitate a better understanding of science and policy for
attendees, as well as form the basis for long-term lines of communication,
leading to better policy for better science. For more information on this
exciting forum or to register please visit

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