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Report: Researchers’ Response to Canada’s Fundamental Science Review

November 23, 2017

Report of the Summit:
Researchers’ Response to Fundamental Science Review Panel Recommendations

Organized by: Dr. Jim Woodgett (Director of Research & Senior Investigator, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute), Dr. Imogen Coe (Dean, Faculty of Science), and Mehrdad Hariri (President & CEO of the Canadian Science Policy Centre)
Date: May 31, 2017
Location: Metro Convention Centre in Toronto

Executive Summary:

“Researchers’ Response to Fundamental Science Review Panel Recommendations”

On May 31st, 2017, members of research community convened at a meeting titled: “Researchers’ Response to Canada’s Fundamental Science Review” to discuss the recommendations of the report published by the panel known as “Canada’s Fundamental Science Review Panel.”

The summit was chaired by two renowned researchers Dr. Jim Woodgett (Director of Research & Senior Investigator, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute) and Dr. Imogen Coe (Dean, Faculty of Science). Moreover, this summit brought together more than 200 researchers from a diverse audience of researchers from several career stages including Professor David Naylor, chair of the Expert Review Panel and facilitated discussions on how the research community can help with the advancement and implementation of the recommendations with an aim to build an equitable, diverse and inclusive research ecosystem.

The PDF document summarizes the discussions of the summit. Summaries are based on the following nine discussion themes:

1. Strategies for Communication
2. Political Reality
3. Advocating for Research
4. Delivery Vehicles for Research
5. The Next Generation
6. Equity and Inclusiveness
7. Managing Research Budgets
8. In Between Fields
9. Governance of Canada’s Research

The productive summit discussions from the participants strongly endorsed Canada’s Fundamental Science Review 2017 and its recommendations. According to the participants, the next steps will require stronger coordination and dialogue among the various levels of government, which is vital for the research funding and training programs.

For further inquiries regarding this research, you are encouraged to contact Manager, Research Programs, Partnerships & Strategic Initiatives in the Faculty of Science, Ryerson University, Adnan Syed at 416-979-5000 ext. 2134 for more information.

In accordance with its mission, to convene and connect, Canadian Science Policy Centre was pleased to be one of the hosts of this event. Canadian Science Policy Centre is a non-profit, non-partisan and non-advocate organization dedicated to facilitate discussions and present them to the science policy community and the public.