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Thursday, November 8 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
(90 min) Governance of research: how can next generation scientists get involved? - Gouvernance de la recherche : quelles formes peut prendre l’implication de la relève?

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Organized by: Fonds de recherche du Québec, Madison Rilling

Science’s next generation of researchers, embodied by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, generates a significant share of scientific output in Canada and contributes to its growth and democratization. More and more, these emerging scientists are getting involved and mobilizing themselves to influence the decision-making processes within the various spheres of the research ecosystem. Taking into account the perspectives of the next generation of scientists ensures that the decisions made reflect their needs and values, and fosters the involvement of student researchers in decision-making and institutional governance. In Canada, this involvement can take many forms, e.g., advisory committees, advocacy groups or representation positions in governance structures. The proposed panel aims to present the various forms of involvement or influence that students can have, namely by putting the spotlight on three concrete examples and their impact: 1) The intersectoral student committee (Comité intersectoriel étudiant - CIÉ) of the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ); 2) Science & Policy Exchange (SPE) and; 3) Science Outside the Lab North (SOtL). These examples will be complemented by the presence of an experienced researcher now working in a federal department. This generational junction aims to highlight the positive repercussions of the involvement of the next generation, for both organizations and students.

The CIÉ advises the Quebec’s Chief Scientist and is mandated to identify strategies to promote access to funding for graduate studies, foster excellence of student research, and contribute to the local and international promotion of research stemming from Quebec. Since 2014, the CIÉ has been actively contributing to integrating student researchers within the governance structure of the FRQ. Based in Montreal, SPE is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bridge the gap between academia, industry and government to inspire evidence-based policymaking. SPE led the #Students4theReport campaign to support the Naylor Report's recommendations for federal reinvestment in fundamental research. The SOtL North organization aims to provide immersion training to students related to issues that affect science, politics and society. In addition to the representatives of these three organizations, the panel will be supplemented by Donna Kirkwood, Chief Scientist at Natural Resources Canada, having herself been involved in and a witness to the training of students during graduate studies. Her experience in both academia and government will provide discussions on the importance of the contribution of the next generation in the development of research in Canada.

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La relève en recherche, incarnée par les étudiant.es de cycles supérieurs et les postdoctorant.es, génère une part importante de la production scientifique au Canada en plus de contribuer à son rayonnement et à sa démocratisation. De plus en plus, la relève s’implique et se mobilise pour influencer les processus décisionnels dans les différentes sphères de l’écosystème de la recherche. La prise en compte des points de vue de la prochaine génération de scientifiques assure que les décisions prises reflètent leurs besoins et les valeurs en plus de favoriser le développement de l’expérience des jeunes quant aux mécanismes décisionnels et à la gouvernance des institutions. Au Canada, l’engagement de la relève scientifique peut prendre plusieurs formes, notamments celles de comités consultatifs, groupes de pression ou représentation étudiante dans les instances. Le panel proposé vise à présenter la diversité des modèles d’engagement ou d’influence de la relève et à exposer par trois exemples concrets les impacts positifs et multiples de leur implication active : 1) Le Comité intersectoriel étudiant (CIÉ) des Fonds de recherche du Québec; 2) Dialogue Sciences et Politique - Science & Policy Exchange (SPE) et; 3) Science Outside the Lab North (SOtL). Ces exemples seront complémentés par la présence d’une chercheuse d’expérience oeuvrant maintenant au sein d’un ministère fédéral. Cette jonction générationnelle vise à mettre en valeur les retombées positives de l’implication de la relève, tant pour les organismes que pour les étudiant.es.
 
Le CIÉ conseille le scientifique en chef du Québec et a pour mandat d’identifier des stratégies afin de promouvoir l’accessibilité au financement aux études supérieures, de favoriser l’excellence de la relève de et contribuer au rayonnement de la recherche. Depuis 2014, le CIÉ contribue activement à l’intégration des considérations de la relève dans la gouvernance de la recherche au Québec. Basée à Montréal, SPE est une organisation à but non lucratif dont la mission est de combler le fossé entre le milieu universitaire, l’industrie et le gouvernement pour inspirer l’élaboration de politiques fondées sur des données probantes. SPE a mené la campagne #Students4theReport qui visait à appuyer les recommandations du rapport Naylor pour un réinvestissement fédéral en recherche fondamentale. L’organisation SOtL North vise à offrir une formation d’immersion aux étudiantes et étudiants en lien avec des enjeux qui touchent la science, les politiques et la société. En plus de la présence des représentants de ces trois organisations, le panel sera complété par Donna Kirkwood, scientifique en chef à Ressources naturelles Canada, qui témoignera de l’importance de la contribution de la relève dans le développement de la recherche au Canada, ayant elle-même été témoin de premier plan dans la formation en recherche d’étudiantes-chercheuses et étudiants-chercheurs.


Moderators
avatar for Paul Dufour

Paul Dufour

Fellow and Adjunct Professor, Institute for Science, Society and Policy in the University of Ottawa
Paul Dufour is a Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Science, Society and Policy in the University of Ottawa and science policy Principal with PaulicyWorks in Gatineau, Québec. He is on the Board of Directors of the graduate student led Science Policy Exchange based... Read More →

Speakers
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Blake Freier

PhD Student, University of Waterloo
Blake Freier is a PhD student in the philosophy department at the University of Waterloo. His interest is in socially relevant philosophy of science, particularly as it relates to evidence-based decision making in democracies. Specifically, Blake’s research looks at the nature of... Read More →
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Tina Gruosso

Postdoctoral Fellow, Goodman Cancer Research Center, McGill University
Tina completed her PhD in oncology at the Institut Curie in Paris. In 2013, she joined the Goodman Cancer Research Center at McGill University in Montreal as a postdoctoral fellow where she studies how the breast tumor microenvironment influences patient response to therapy. Tina... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Donna Kirkwood

Dr. Donna Kirkwood

Chief Scientist, Natural Resources Canada
As Chief Scientist for Natural Resources Canada, Donna plays a leadership role on developing, advancing and promoting the department’s overarching S&T priorities as aligned with the Government’s Science and Innovation agenda. To this end, Donna Kirkwood works closely with NRCan’s... Read More →
avatar for Madison Rilling

Madison Rilling

PhD Student, Université Laval
Madison Rilling is a PhD student in Physics at Université Laval. Working mid-way between the lab and the clinic, she applies optical design to medical physics to improve cancer treatments in external beam radiotherapy. Since 2016, Madison has been Vice-President of the Fonds de recherche... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Delta Ottawa - Capitale

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