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.

Canada, we have a transparency problem.

In our new Eyes on Evidence report, we find that federal policies scored low when it came to the transparency of evidence usage

 Overheard at the Standing Committee on Science and Research

The Standing Committee on Science and Research (SRSR) is now in session. We will continue to share updates on the Committee’s activities, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back soon.

Science to Policy Accelerator: Gain the knowledge and skills to navigate public policy in Canada. Applications open in January 2022.

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.

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