A list of CAPS's important documents
2011 Recap/ Réalisations 2011
November 28, 2011
CAPS-ACSP has presented the following talks in the last couple months
June 27, 2011
- On October 20, 2011, at the Re- Imagine Conference held at Wilfrid Laurier University, Dr. Angela Crawley, CAPS-ACSP Vice-Chair of Operations, presented the talk entitled "Postdocs
and University Education.
- During the November 16-18, 2011 Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Dr. Angela Crawley, CAPS-ACSP Vice-Chair of Operations, presented the talk entitled: "Education
and Training of Scientists".
- During the November 24-25, 2011 Canadian Postdoctoral Policy and Administration Meeting at the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Jeremy Mitchell, CAPS-ACSP Chair, and Dr. Angela Crawley, CAPS-ACSP Vice-Chair of Operations, presented the talk entitled: "Postdoc Perspectives
on Postdoc Policy".
Introducing the CAPS Executive Council (2011-2012) following CAPS' first Executive Committee Election:
Chair: Dr. Jeremy Mitchell
Vice-chair operations: Dr. Angela M. Crawley
Vice-chair External: Dr. Daniel Preece
Vice-chair Communications: Dr. Alexandra Merkx-Jacques
Vice-chair Finance: Dr. Lucie Low
Vice-chair International: Dr. David Kent
As part of the "changing of reins", the following is the 2011 outgoing report
by the Interim Chair, Dr. Angela M. Crawley.
As a reminder of past CAPS's accomplisments, please also read the 2010 outgoing report
by CAPS' former chair and CAPS founder, Dr. Marianne Stanford.
June 25, 2011
In February 2011, CIHR advised CAPS that it had initiated a review of its policies surrounding support of postdoctoral fellows, and requested a statement of our position regarding their programs and to state any relevant recommendations. In response, CAPS provided an analysis and recommendations in the position paper attached here
From the interim chair:
As some of you may have heard, the Canadian Tri-Council funding agencies (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) have recently announced (version français) that agency-prescribed limitations on postdoctoral fellowship (PDF) amounts will no longer exist (i.e. deregulation of PDF stipends). This means that there will be no minimum or maximum amounts on operating grant-funded fellowships, placing the decision-making power in requesting funds to the principal investigators and any minimums/maximums of postdoctoral salaries will in turn be regulated by individual institutions.
We have recently been told by CIHR that the PDF fellowship award stipends will remain fixed at $40,000/yr (this amount has not changed since 2003), regardless for even the need to make adjustments for inflation. The Canadian Association of Postdocs (CAPS) is also seeking to determine whether the Tri-Councils plan to increase the base individual PDF fellowship awards.
As you may know, CAPS recently provided a statement on our perspectives of current CIHR PDF stipend programs and to provide recommendations for program improvements. Following consultation with both our Executive Committee, and our greater membership, we provided an official statement (see above). Despite these efforts, we are somewhat disappointed by this recent announcement.
CAPS is also in the process of making similar recommendations to both NSERC and SSHRC.
CAPS remains committed to advocate for equitable and fair remuneration of postdocs, and will continue to have present perspectives that represent the best interests of postdocs.
Angela M. Crawley
(Interim chair, CAPS)
June 23, 2011
From the interim chair:
The following positions on the CAPS Executive Council (2011-2012) have been acclaimed, and will begin their term in July 2011. Please let your local CAPS representative know if you support the appointment of these candidates to these positions and they will then include thissupport in the voting process for the CAPS Executive Council.
CAPS Executive Council (2011-2012):
- Chair: Dr. Jeremy Mitchell
- Vice-chair Operations: Dr. Angela M. Crawley
- Vice-chair Communications: Dr. Alexandra Merkx-Jacques
- Vice-chair External: VOTING PROCEDURE IN PROGRESS (candidates: Dr. Daniel Preece and Dr. Jiazhen Minnie Dai)
- Vice-chair Finance: Dr. Lucie Low
- Vice-chair International: Dr. David Kent
If you have any questions, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Angela M. Crawley
Interim chair, CAPS
May 19, 2011
From the Interim Chair:
CAPS passes 1st Governance document!
I am pleased to announce that CAPS has received overwhelmingly positive support (91%) for its final draft of the first CAPS Governance document. An online voting procedure was conducted, involving many postdocs who act as representatives for their local institutions on CAPS’s Executive Committee.
I would like to thank all those who worked very hard on this document over that past several months. Your efforts are greatly appreciated! In addition, I also thank members of the CAPS community for having provided valuable feedback during this drafting process. The document is publicly available on the CAPS website.
CAPS is now well positioned to move forward with its agenda to support postdocs, and we will be even further regarded by important stakeholders with this document in hand.
We will now move onto the next task, which is to begin the selection of the new CAPS Executive Council. An official call for nominations is forthcoming, with a potential election deadline of mid-June 2011.
April 6, 2011
Important CAPS documents can be found here: