Panel Proposal Evaluation Criteria

The CSPC 2017 Program Committee will review each of the proposals and evaluate them based on the following criteria:


1) Representation of a diverse range of speakers:

CSPC is a multi-sectorial and multi-disciplinary forum on science, technology and innovation policy issues; therefore, diversity of the panelists is an important criterion for ranking the panels. Panels should represent diversity based on gender, sector (government, business, academia, non-profit etc.), discipline, geography, ethnicity, experience, age or other aspects. The empowerment of women in science and innovation enterprise is a core value of CSPC. Therefore, gender balance and inclusion of qualified female panelists is highly recommended and will influence the ranking. In addition CSPC highly recommends the inclusion of younger generation scientists, trainees, policy makers, and entrepreneurs in the panels.

2) Quality of the proposed session:

Quality is extremely important in ranking a panel. According to CSPC, quality is defined as:

  • Content and Topic:

    • Timely and relevant to Canada

    • Provides a deep comprehension of the subject

    • Well justified and well described

  • Speakers:

    • Knowledge and experience

    • Ability to garner public attention

    • Gesture in science and innovation policy, both in Canada and internationally

  • Delivery:

    • Evidence of effective coordination and communication among speakers, provided well in advance to the CSPC

    • Creative and innovative format, and interactivity of the session with audience

3. Panel readiness:

Sessions with confirmed speakers will rank more competitively than those without.

4. Alignment with the conference objectives:

The objective of the conference is to support a strong culture of science and innovation in Canada and to build a strong science policy environment. Session proposals will be evaluated on their ability to support these primary objectives:

  1. to provide an inclusive forum at the national level to identify, discuss and provide insights into the current Canadian science, technology and innovation policy issues;

  2. to forge stronger linkages and create networking opportunities among science policy stakeholders;

  3. to provide a venue for a new generation of scientists, entrepreneurs and policy makers to interact, innovate and shape the future of Canadian science policy landscape which is required for a knowledge-driven economy;

  4. to provide a supportive environment for innovative ideas and projects in science policy, and encourage further collaborations across sectors;

  5. to lay the foundation for a centre dedicated to science, technology and innovation policy

5. Alignment with the conference themes:

Sessions should fall under one of the themes of the conference. Sessions should include experts that can provide detailed examples under the CSPC 2017 themes to support their arguments, and translate those details into more transferable lessons and best practices.

6. Alignment with panel format (streams):

Length of the sessions; there will be two options: 90 minutes and 45 minutes.

Once again CSPC is offering multiple panel formats (streams). Proposals should fall under one of the following streams. Please note the proposals in each stream will compete with each other. Please be mindful that some streams may be more popular and hence more competitive.

  • Green Paper Discussions:
  • Case Studies
  • Short Talks Series
  • Interactive Learning Session (Workshop)
  • Debate Format
  • At Issue Format
    • Detailed description of each format can be found at Panel Format page.


      April 11th, 2017: Proposal submission deadline

      April 2017: Proponents notified as to proposal acceptance

      May 2017: Session descriptions and speakers/moderators confirmed

      June: Session requirements from conference manager confirmed

      November 1,2 or 3, 2017: Sessions delivered