Earlier this year CIC asked for applications from chemistry students to attend the Canadian Science Policy Conference, which took place in Ottawa from 13-15 November. From a wide selection of candidates, we eventually chose two: Sarai Guerrero, a Master’s student at Western University whose thesis deals with the molecular dynamics of lipids, and Kevin Potoczny, an undergraduate at University of Waterloo who is combining his interests in materials and earth science to examine aspects of catastrophic risk. After attending the conference, they have assembled the insights and inspirations that flowed from the country’s leading forum for discussing the full range of topics affecting science and technology, research and development, and academia and government. We are pleased to present their work here in CIC News.

Open access proves to be as challenging as any scientific problem


While attending the Canadian Science Policy Conference for CIC last fall, I was introduced to cOAlition S, a European-based open-access publishing initiative that is spearheading a project called Plan S. First launched in 2018, Plan S has been championed by the European Commission and the European Research Council as well as the World Health Organization...


Coming to terms with openness in science


From November 13th to 15th, I was able to attend the Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) in Ottawa as a CIC News Correspondent. I didn’t know what to expect, but my interest grew as the program was revealed. There were two panels that addressed the topic of open access and open science which, as I learned,...