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Globe & Mail: Investing in research is the best way to create an innovative economy

Read an artible by Paul Armstrong and Carol Herbert – Opinion published in THE GLOBE AND MAIL
August 7, 2017
Paul Armstrong is an expert adviser with EvidenceNetwork.ca and a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Alberta and founding Director of the Canadian VIGOUR Centre, a University of Alberta Research Centre devoted to enhancing cardiovascular health. He was the founding president of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Carol Herbert is Professor Emerita, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University, Adjunct Professor at UBC School of Population & Public Health, and president of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

With Canada’s 150th birthday squarely in the rear-view mirror, we should now look to our future. Our government has been staking much on an “innovation economy” – if the regular speeches by various ministries are anything to go by. So how do we get there?

Follow the government’s own evidence and part of the answer is clear: invest in research.

Read the full article in The Globe and Mail: Investing in research is the best way to create an innovative economy

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Lauch of Next Generation of Canadian Science campaign- #NextGenCanScience #SupportTheReport

The CSMB launched the Next Generation of Canadian Science Twitter campaign focusing on trainees.  Visit the CSMB website for all the details.

The state of funding for basic research in Canada is failing. As the future of research in this country, we need to take action. Not just for our interests, but for those who will follow in our path, and for all those who will benefit from our discoveries.

How you and other trainees can get involved: Continue reading “Lauch of Next Generation of Canadian Science campaign- #NextGenCanScience #SupportTheReport”

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Articles in Science and Nature on Fundamental research in Canada

Read two recent articles about the decline of fundamental research in Canada :

Canada’s basic science at risk of fading away, report argues
By Wayne Kondro, published inScience, June 28, 2017

Survey reveals basic research in Canada is falling by the wayside | The number of researchers who work on basic-science questions has dropped precipitously.
By Nicola Jones, published in Nature, 28 June 2017

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From UNESCO: Canada rehabilitating government science

From the UNESCO website:

Canada celebrated its 150th anniversary on 1 July 2017. Since the federal election in late 2015 brought a Liberal government to power after almost a decade of a Conservative administration, science and technology have been central to the country’s rebranding. Here, Paul Dufour, Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa and author of the chapter on Canada in the UNESCO Science Report, reviews some key policy developments in Canadian science since the report was published 19 months ago.

Read this article: Canada rehabilitating government science

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Trudeau government must invest in basic science: Editorial by Toronto Star

Science Minister Kirsty Duncan didn’t promise new investment for scientific research Wednesday. That’s a shame since it’s so important to the future of the country’s economy.

Read the full editorial in the Toronto Star:

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2017/07/03/trudeau-government-must-invest-in-basic-science-editorial.html

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Media stories

Read a few recent media stories about the Naylor report:

Why Canadian scientists aren’t happy

The Liberal government’s latest science policy is a backwards factory for producing white elephants

Paul Wells in MacLean’s

June 29, 2017

http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/why-canadian-scientists-arent-happy/

 

Decade of sparse funds chased scientists out of ‘fundamental’ research, researchers argue

Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen – June 28, 2017

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/science-policy

 

Science Minister Kirsty Duncan ready to begin science funding overhaul

IVAN SEMENIUK

SCIENCE REPORTER — The Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Jun. 28

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/science-minister-kirsty-duncan-ready-to-begin-science-funding-overhaul/article35497370/

 

Canadian scientists labouring under massive funding gap, report finds

A report released Wednesday found 40 per cent of Canadian scientists changed the direction of their research program in the past 10 years — usually away from basic science.

By KATE ALLEN, Toronto Star Science and Technology reporter

Wed., June 28, 2017

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/06/28/canadian-scientists-labouring-under-massive-funding-gap-report-finds.html

 To improve access to science funding, Support the report

Liisa Galea, centreforbrainhealth.ca

http://www.centreforbrainhealth.ca/news/2017/06/16/improve-access-science-funding-support-report

Oldies but Goodies, still relevant:

A lesson for policy-makers from the life of Tony Pawson

‘View basic science as a long-term investment that will yield completely unexpected dividends’
Paul Wells
August 10, 2013

Youtube video: Funding basic science to revolutionize medicine

Funding Basic Science to Revolutionize Medicine, 2013 FASEB Stand Up for Science

Should you fund research to discover:

a-            How bacteria protect themselves

b-            Developing an affordable treatment for diabetes

The Canadian Science Policy Centre has put together A Comprehensive Collection of Publications Regarding Canada’s Fundamental Science Review Panel Report