Canadian science abroad: A case for coordinated international science engagement

When: Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 08:00 - 10:00

Where: Ottawa

The Canadian S&T landscape consists of a diverse community including academia, government, industry and the not-for-profit sector. Each entity within this system maintains a unique mandate, including national and international priorities, according to which it operates. While there is recognition of the importance and value of international engagement, as demonstrated by the emphasis placed on international by each of these organizations, collectively, there is limited coordination within Canada’s S&T community.

Canadian research excellence has never failed to step up to the international science plate. But what opportunities are being missed through lack of coordination and national support to these individuals who are offering their time/expertise to the global endeavor? What opportunities for increased scientific reputation, international influence, and scientific diplomacy are we missing by failing to harness our internationally motivated scientific base?

On November 26, the Forum will convene many of Canada’s national scientific bodies for a facilitated discussion about the potential benefits of coordinating Canada’s global S&T engagement. The conversation will be facilitated by:

  • Gordon McBean, President of the International Council for Science;
  • Chad Gaffield, University Research Chair in Digital Scholarship at the University of Ottawa and former President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council;
  • Janet Bax, interim president of the Council of Canadian Academies; and,
  • Dick Bourgeois Doyle, Secretary General of the National Research Council of Canada. 

Participation for this discussion is by invitation only. 

For more information, please contact:

Rhonda Moore
Project lead

613-238-7858 x 230