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CSPC 2015 Call For Proposals - Deadline Extended

New Deadline for Panel Proposals:
Wednesday, May 13th 2015



CSPC 2015 is looking for interactive panel submissions that engage participants in outcomes-oriented dialogue, which specifically discusses the key issues about actions that could be taken to generate impact. In this context, we welcome proposals for initiatives in the following formats.



Evaluation Criteria and Streams


Evaluation Criteria


1. Alignment with the overall conference objectives and proposed themes:

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:

  • to provide an inclusive forum at the national level to identify, discuss and provide insights into current Canadian science, technology and innovation policy issues;
  • to forge stronger links and create networking opportunities among science policy stakeholders;
  • to provide a venue for a new generation of scientists, entrepreneurs and policy-makers to interact, innovate and shape the future of the Canadian science policy landscape, which is required for a knowledge-driven economy;
  • to provide a supportive environment for innovative ideas and projects in science policy and encourage further collaborations across sectors

2. Quality of the proposed session:

Quality is the primary criterion in ranking proposals for CSPC sessions. Quality will be assessed on the following basis:

  • Innovative and Futuristic Approach:
    • The content should not be centered on the “description of the issue” rather it should focus specifically on “how to best improve”. CSPC 2015 is specifically looking for proposals that present plans/ideas/solutions, rather than just descriptions of the challenges.
  • Content and Topic:
    • Timely and relevant to Canadian science policy
    • Provides a compelling understanding of the S&T policy dimensions of the issue
  • Speakers:
    • Knowledge and experience
    • Ability to garner public attention
    • Profile in science and innovation policy, both in Canada and internationally
  • Format:
    • Proposals should identify the format of the proposed CSPC session and the rationale for the choice of that format.  CSPC is seeking creative approaches that will engage the participants and lead to tangible outcomes.
  • Delivery:
    • Evidence of coordination and communication among speakers

3. Representation of a diverse range of speakers:

CSPC is a multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary forum on science, technology and innovation policy issues. As much as possible and appropriate, panels should represent diversity by sector (government, business, academia, non-profit etc.), discipline, geography, gender, ethnicity, experience, and age.

Two of the core values of CSPC are the empowerment of women in the science and innovation enterprise and the inclusion of the perspectives of the younger generation scientists, trainees, policy-makers, and entrepreneurs in the panels.

Proposals for panels should indicate how diversity has been taken into consideration.


Streams


Format 1 – Green Paper Discussions

Discussion focuses on issues raised in papers available to participants in advance and catalyzed by the commentary of expert respondents.

  • Total time allocation – 90 min
  • Possible approach:
    • Chair/moderator to set context – 5 min
    • Green paper author(s) – 15 min (paper should be available to participants in advance)
    • Respondents  – 3 @ 10 min each
    • Discussion – 30-45 min
    • Chair/moderator to lead discussion on next steps

Format 2 – Case Studies

A means of learning from diverse experiences relating to the theme issue – from Canadian and international sources.

  • Total time allocation – 90 min
  • Panellists – Chair/moderator plus max of 4 case studies
  • Max time for panellist presentations – 60 min; 30 to 60 min to be reserved for discussion

Format 3 – Lightning/TED-type Talks

A means of engaging up to 8 participants in presenting their perspectives on a specific issue within a theme in very brief highly focused presentations (with visuals).

  • Total time allocation – 45 or 90 min
  • Participants and role:
    • Chair/moderator to outline issue and approach (5 min)
    • 6 to 8 presenters (5 min each; strictly managed) (40 min)
    • Discussion – 30 min
    • Respondent/synthesis of issues – 10 min

Format 4 – Interactive Learning Session

An approach to engaging participants in a hands on learning/participatory activity – in any format. A bare minimum of formal presentation should be envisioned for such a format.

  • Total time allocation – 45 or 90 min
  • Participants and role:
    • Chair/moderator to outline issue and approach (5 min)
    • Interactive session – 35 – 80 min
    • Wrap up – 10 min

Format 5 – Debate Format

Expert panellists with different opinions get to engage in a debate to provide insights on a particular issue. The session will be heavily moderated by a Chair/moderator.

  • Total time allocation – 45 or 90 min
  • Panellists – Chair/moderator plus max of 4 presenters
  • Max time for panellist presentations – 30 or 60 min; 15-30 min to be reserved for discussion

Format 6 – At Issue Format

Expert panellists provide their independent opinion on series of issues in an interactive session framed by the Chair/moderator.

  • Total time allocation – 45 or 90 min
  • Panellists – Chair/moderator plus max of 4 presenters
  • Max time for panellist presentations – 4- 6 blocks of 10-15 minutes for each topic