CSPC 2020 Themes

The Canadian Science Policy Centre is pleased to announce the themes and topics for the 2020 conference. These themes and topics have been prepared through extensive consultations with a wide range of stakeholders and integrate feedback from the CSPC 2019 delegates.

In addition to continuing the five “evergreen” themes from CSPC 2019, with 2020 the beginning of a new decade, CSPC is dedicating an additional theme to Grand Challenges for this year's conference.

List of the themes and topics

CSPC 2020 Special theme: Grand Challenges

  • Climate Change, Net Zero Plan
  • Global Health:  Pandemics, Ageing, AMR
  • Cyber Security & Digital Transformation
  • Disruptive Technologies
  • Energy & Resources
  • Sustainable Development Goals


Science and Society

  • Science communication
  • Information/Mis-information; How science can help
  • Science and society relationship
  • Contributing to solutions - the social and human sciences
  • Science and democracy
  • A changing workplace


Science and Policy

  • Government Science
  • Policy for Emerging Technologies
  • Best practices in research and translation
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Open Science
  • Linking science to policy; new trends in EBDM
  • Modernising the science ecosystem
  • Research excellence
  • Science Policy at Municipal and local level
  • Big data
  • The Decade of Ocean, declared by the UN


Science, Innovation and Economic Development

  • Knowledge translation/technology transfer
  • Regional innovation capacity
  • Connecting science to innovation
  • Industrial R&D and Private sector innovation
  • Transition to low carbon economy
  • New Decade: Perspectives from industry


Science and International Affairs and Security

  • Trends in international collaboration
  • Risks and uncertainties in International collaboration
  • Science diplomacy in a polarized world
  • International agencies and the deglobalized world
  • Space - managing the "international commons"


Science and the Next Generation

  • Skill Development
  • Mobility of researchers
  • Research training - how and for what
  • Science as a career
  • Next generation of science activists


Panel organizers are requested to develop the content of their proposals with a solution-oriented approach that covers important questions such as;

Why is this a pressing issue that Canada faces today and/or over the next decade? 

How and what kind of scientific and/or traditional knowledge can help address the challenge?

How do we strengthen the Canadian institutions and policies that support the production, integration and use of knowledge in tackling this challenge?

How do we more effectively link the public, private and academic sectors in tackling this challenge?

How could the public be engaged in addressing this challenge?

How should CSPC play a role in helping to find solutions to this priority challenge?


The proposed panel needs not to answer or discuss each of these questions but encouraged to take into consideration answering a few of the above questions.    

Applications for panel submissions and criteria for panel selection will be announced within the next three weeks.