Below is a copy of the transcript of our remarks at the Standing Committee on Science and Research’s eighth meeting, as part of an ongoing study on successes, challenges and opportunities for science in Canada.
Last December, we announced the Science to Policy Accelerator (S2PA) — a new training program for 25 early-career researchers from across Canada. The program aims to equip participants with foundational knowledge in governance, science policy and communication, and then to apply these concepts to specific forms of policy engagement.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put science in the spotlight like never before, illustrating the critical role that science has to play in public policy decisions. More than ever, scientists need to be able to understand and participate in the many different processes that contribute to public policy. But to do so effectively, they need access to skills-based training and opportunities to put those skills into practice.