The real question, said panelists at the Canadian Science Policy Conference, is how to better prepare graduates for life outside academe.
by Léo Charbonneau
Dr. Angela Crawley, Vice-Chair Operations, discusses some of the issues that postdocs face. You can see CAPS-ACSP's presentation given at the Canadian Science Policy Conference here.
The next teleconferance will take place Monday, December 19th via Skype from 3:00-4:30pm, EST. CAPS-ACSP representatives should contact Angela Crawley, Vice-Chair Operations (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get information on how to join the meeting.
Presentations by CAPS-ACSP:
CAPS-ACSP has been busy the last couple months getting people from universities, government and industry to think about how to enhance the Canadian postdoc experience.
We also encourage you to read the following essay: "Improving Graduate Education to Support a Branching Career Pipeline: Recommendations Based on a Survey of Doctoral Students in the Basic Biomedical Science." by C. N. Fuhrmann, D. G. Halme, P. S. O’Sullivan, and B. Lindstaedt. (2011) CBE Life Sciences Education. 10: 239-249.
We would like to promote the following two programs from CHIR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research):
Further information can be found here: https://docs.google.com/open?id=1bW90t6Qz5_jaRLHQqC5LvXllz1W6GCOqJ1j75XcGpvE1jMQFSTPYceZE9c6o
Here is the promotional youtube video (http://youtu.be/HchcPpzBHpY):
Further information can be found here: https://docs.google.com/a/caps-acsp.ca/leaf?id=1WEFc1wSxvFwmERt3H4r-tJMnI4Of8exwp_tIZKmtvyY5g38eYMAfYgBb_H60&sort=name&layout=list&num=50
Postdoc Appreciation Week (September 19 - 23, 2011)
We hope you had a great Postdoc Appreciation week, if you have any pictures of the events that took place at your institution that you'd like to share, please email them to us (email@example.com) or post them on our Facebook fanpage.
Developing Postdoc Mentorship Agreement Plans
Happy Postdoc Appreciation Week!
As many of you may know, the National Postdoctoral Association in the US organizes a National Postdoc Appreciation Week in September every year, which is scheduled for September 19-23 this year.
The following events are being held in Canada in honour of postdocs (let us know what your institution is doing for you):
Also, if you have taken pictures during these events and want us to post it on our website and facebook page, feel free to send them to us.
Other events being held in the US can be found here: http://nationalpostdoc.org/meetings-and-events/appreciation/appreciation-events
Mark your calendars: The next CAPS Executive Committee meeting is on Tues, Sept 13th 3:00-4:30pm (EST).
If you have any items for the agenda, please submit them to the Vice-chair Operations (firstname.lastname@example.org). A final version of the meeting's agenda, as well as the previous meetings minutes will be circulated by Sept 11th. Details for the teleconference meeting will be included.
If you know that you cannot attend the meeting, please let us know. In addition, for post-doc association reps who cannot attend the meeting, please make sure you make an effort to have someone call as your replacement. Also, post-doc reps should be in communication with your local post-doc association to see if any topics/concerns need to be brought to the attention of CAPS.
National Postdoc Apprecation Week: September 19-23, 2011.
As many of you may know, the National Postdoctoral Association in the US organizes a National Postdoc Appreciation Week in September every year, which is scheduled for September 19-23 this year. In conjunction with the NPA, the CAPS is encouraging Postdoc Associations in Canada to also participate in this week by organizing an event at your local institution and advertising it with the NPA and the CAPS.
To help you organize your event, the NPA has developed a Appreciation Week Toolkit, which includes event suggestions as well as advice on advertising (including customizable flyers you can download) and possible avenues for sponsorship for your event. The Appreciation Week Toolkit is available at http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/meetings-and-events/appreciation/appreciation-toolkit.
Once you decide on the event you are having during National Postdoc Appreciation Week, September 19-23, don't forget to register your event with both the NPA (through http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/contact-us) and the CAPS.
CAPS-ACSP highly encourages postdocs to attend the following conference:
Canadian Science Policy Conference. 16-18th November, in Ottawa, ON (www.cspc2011.ca).
REGISTER NOW to catch the early bird special!
The Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) is a national forum for science, technology and innovation policy discourse. It provides a unique opportunity to share ideas on how best to create an innovative Canada for all Canadians.
This year's motto is "Building Bridges for the Future of Science Policy."
The themes of CSPC 2011 are:
*Science, Politics and Culture in Canada
*Enabling Private Sector Innovation
*Exploring the True North: Reflections on Northern Science Policy
*Special Focus: International Year of Chemistry
*Major Issues In Canadian Science Policy
*Special Optional Workshops, such as "The Nuts and Bolts of Science Policy"
Register for regular updates and science policy news at the Canadian Science Policy Centre website: www.sciencepolicy.ca
Conférence sur les politiques scientifiques canadiennes (CPSC) Ottawa, du 16 au 18 novembre 2011. www.cspc2011.ca
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La Conférence sur les politiques scientifiques canadiennes (CPSC) constitue un forum national sur les politiques en matière de science, de technologie et d'innovation au Canada.
Ayant pour devise «Tisser les liens pour l'avenir des politiques scientifiques» les thèmes de cette année sont:
*Science, politique et culture au Canada
*Appuyer l'innovation dans le secteur privé
*Explorer le nord géographique : réflexions sur les politiques scientifiques pour le Nord
*Point de mire : Année internationale de la chimie
*Enjeux importants des politiques scientifiques canadiennes
*Ateliers spéciaux facultatifs, p. ex. « The Nuts and Bolts of Science Policy »
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