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The Science & Policy Exchange STEM Working Group convened STEM students and experts representing perspectives from academic, government, and private sectors to discuss current challenges and opportunities in Canadian STEM Education. The Working Group identified issues such as an over-reliance on memorization and a lack of career awareness, critical skills expected by employers, and reliable information to evaluate programs.

Les étudiants, comme acteurs de la diplomatie scientifique 

It is with great pleasure that we present to you this report, summarizing fruitful discussions on the role of students in science diplomacy. In advance of Canada’s G7 presidency, numerous discussions in Québec and Canada highlighted the intersection of science and diplomacy and pointed to a key recommendation which remains unexplored: to advance science diplomacy, we must engage students and early career scientists. 

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A Science Advice Workshop for the Next Generation

Training the next generation of scientists and researchers is very important. We believe that research excellence requires understanding the impact of research on the community, in particular, the impact of research on policy. This workshop provided a selected pool of students and early career researchers (ECRs) with experience in government advice and interaction with key stakeholders at the government. 

Flux de déchets: Pouvons-nous endiguer la marée de plastique?

Dialogue Sciences et Politiques (DSP) a tenu un forum public intitulé « FLUX DE DÉCHETS : Pouvons-nous endiguer la marée de plastique? » dans le but de mettre en contact le public avec des chercheurs et des professionnels qui participent à la recherche de solutions pour contrer le problème de pollution par le plastique des cours d’eau. Le présent rapport résume les points de vue de nos panélistes, ainsi que les préoccupations qui ont été soulevées par le grand public au cours de la période de questions.

Survey on Graduate Student & Postdoc Funding

Download preliminary results for our survey on scholarships and fellowships! as PDF

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Atelier de Conseil Scientifique

La formation de la prochaine génération de scientifiques et de chercheurs constitue un élément très important. Nous croyons que pour atteindre l’excellence en recherche, il faut parvenir à comprendre l’impact des recherches sur la communauté, notamment sur les politiques. Cet atelier a permis de réunir un groupe sélectionné d’étudiants et de chercheurs en début de carrière (CDC) ayant de l’expérience en matière de prestation de conseils au gouvernement et d’interaction avec les principaux intervenants gouvernementaux.

Zero-waste: Reality or Fantasy?

Science & Policy Exchange (SPE) and Climatable hosted a two-hour public forum “SPEForum: Zero Waste Cities - Reality or Fantasy?” on June 4, 2019, at BAnQ, Montreal, to learn and discuss the challenges and opportunities that come with transforming into a zero waste city. This was an opportunity for the public to ask questions and engage with leading experts in research and policy to help answer them. The panelists were Alex Tyrrell, leader of the Green Party of Québec; Mariève Isabel, Montreal Urban Sustainability Experience, McGill University; Sophie Bernard, Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal. The forum represented a policy, production, and consumer perspectives - to address how we can achieve
    our ambitious sustainability goals.

Students as Stakeholders in Science Diplomacy

It is with great pleasure that we present to you this report, summarizing fruitful discussions on the role of students in science diplomacy. In advance of Canada’s G7 presidency, numerous discussions in Québec and Canada highlighted the intersection of science and diplomacy and pointed to a key recommendation which remains unexplored: to advance science diplomacy, we must engage students and early career scientists. 

Sondage sur les bourses fédérales

Téléchargez nos résultats préliminaires sur notre sondage sur les bourses fédérales en PDF

Waste Streams: Can we stem the plastic tide?

Science & Policy Exchange (SPE) held a public forum entitled “WASTE STREAMS: Can We Stem the Plastic Tide?” with the goal of bringing the public together with researchers and professionals involved in addressing plastic pollution in waterways. This report summarizes the perspectives of our panelists, as well as the concerns raised by the general public during the question period.

SPE Café Reports

Your voice matters

Science and Policy Exchange (SPE) conducted a “SPECafe: Your voice matters. What do you want them to hear?” event on April 4, 2019. The goal was to identify key concerns affecting doctoral students and graduates, postdoctoral fellows (PDF), and early career researchers (ECRs). This report summarizes these issues, offers recommendations to Members of Parliament (MP) and provides guidelines for research trainees to advocate for their interests before the government.

Marijuana Legalization; Where do we go from here?

The purpose of this report is to provide recommendations for the effective implementation of impending legalization of nonmedical cannabis in Canada. While recognizing that regulation is done by the provinces and territories across Canada, these policy recommendations could have implications across federal, provincial, and territorial levels.

Mental Health: How can academia do better?

Science & Policy Exchange (SPE) conducted an SPE Café event that

entailed roundtable discussions with graduate students to understand (1) mental health

problems in academia, (2) the current landscape of mental health resources and services in

Canadian academic institutions, and (3) potential improvements. The Café was followed by a

webinar talk, on September 17, 2020, by Devon Simpson, who elaborated on the three

aforementioned points. Based on the two events, we make recommendations to encourage an

academic environment that fosters wellbeing and to ensure that graduate students receive

adequate mental health support.

Breaking Gender Barriers in STEMM

This report was generated from discussions among mostly female undergraduate and graduate STEMM students at an our SPE Café on Dec 11, 2017, inspired by the Gender Summit that took place in Montreal on Nov 6-8, 2017. It reflects barriers that participants have experienced or observed during their studies, as well as obstacles they anticipate facing as they pursue their careers. 

Sexual Harassment: How can Academia do Better?

This report summarizes key policy recommendations aimed at improving higher education institutional sexual violence policies in Quebec following roundtable discussions at Science & Policy Exchange’s event “SPECafé, Sexual Harassment: How can Academia do Better?”.

Time Flies When You're Having Funds

For our SPE café debut, we will discuss basic science funding in Canada, and more specifically the Naylor report’s recommendations.
Towards this goal, we have provided you on page 2-3 with an introduction to the current funding situation in Canada, highlights the Naylor report recommendations, and a brief overview advocacy strategies. We additionally provide you with additional resources on this topic on page 4.

Sexual Harassment: How can Academia do Better?

Ce rapport résume les principales recommandations visant à améliorer les politiques en matière de violence sexuelle dans les établissement d’enseignement supérieur au Québec, suite aux tables rondes organisées lors de l’évènement Dialogue Sciences & Politiques, “SPECafé, Sexual Harassment: How can Academia do Better?”.

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