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Having the #AAASMtg #AAAS2020 blues? Don’t! Connect with us @scipolnetwork and join a growing and energized #SciPol community. Buckle in; this thread is going to teach you all that we have to offer 😎 🧡 /1
We have committed & amazing #NSPNmembers in our five (5) committees tackling diff parts of the #scipol spectrum & helping run NSPN:

Communications
Diplomacy
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Graduate Education
Grants & Finance

#changemakers all of them! 🀩You could be one too /2
Interested in #scicomm, social media, & branding around #scipol? Join the Communications crew which includes @CaitlinAShort @m_pinkert @MeredithSchmehl @MatSciMatt @_sindhu42 @VivaceBelles

Their next virtual meeting is this Wednesday 2/19 at 8 PM ET. Details to follow /3
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Wishing I could be multiple places at #AAASmtg again! Chose this session, stay tuned for summary thread. #scicomm #sciengage
Advocacy = engagement and communication.
Engagement is forever (there's always more).
Practice makes better not perfect. - Daniel Barry
Delivering #science not= connecting science and decision-making. We need a paradigm shift. - @AmySnover
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Next panel: Mapping dynamic research ecosystem

What are ways to watch/monitor emerging technologies a la data? Measure/access what's important?
#CSPC2019
.@NSERC_CRSNG's take on the word soup of this challenging evaluation area #CSPC2019
The Naylor report, @cca_reports do point to areas of weakness or emerging topics. Also, internationally. What are they doing?

After that, what to do with that info?

Is there money to throw? Or policy actions (like inc. risk in peer review?)
#CSPC2019
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On to "The future is research excellence" ft. πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ granting agencies.
#CSPC2019

Importance of research excellence... Embedded (🀞) into the New Frontiers in Research Fund:
sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financ…
"Is your project interdisciplinary? Is your team include #EDI? Fair Indigenous interactions?" One of the 1st Canadian research funding programs to integrally bake this in
@TammyJClifford: what more can be done to evaluate? ⬇️ Interesting concept #CSPC2019
As signatories to @DORAssessment, alternative, more equitable evaluation metrics important.

@NSERC_CRSNG's Alejandro Adem also mentions Dimensions #CSPC2019 nserc-crsng.gc.ca/NSERC-CRSNG/ED…
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My #CSPC2019 live tweeting #THREAD starts here!

I'll reply to this tweet w/ each panel I attend, creating a thread under each w/ live notes

My schedule: πŸ”—cspc2019.sched.com/shawnmcguirk

And, ICYMI, see the new CSPC magazine for my op-ed about @DSP_SPE & #CapacityBuilding in #scipol!
I wasn't intending on tweeting the symposium, but 2 really good points on skills:

πŸ”Ή For communications, the ability to be brief (tweet length summaries!) is key

πŸ”Ή Universities should promote organic mentorship by leveraging alumni office, get alums to meet students over β˜•!
πŸ”Ή Skills development has strong socio-economic dimension. Accessibility to good schooling even as early as Kindergarten can have large impacts later in life. The foundation of transferable (read: critical) skills stays with you as you later develop expertise.

#CSPC2019 #skills
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I'm attending the #DataForGood panel organized by @SFU, moderated by @drjoyjohnson w/ Sheryl Groeneweg @ISED_CA, Richard Evans @StatCan_eng, and Bohdan Noysk @SFU

#AI #partnership #bigdata #cdnsci #scipol #cdnpoli
RE - risk assessment for data security is a daunting task ➑️ so it's important to be able to communicate what is known, what can be done. Govt needs to be forthcoming to build great relationships, to build trust.

BN - the best partnerships are built on strong relationships.
BN works in sensitive patient data, which is a fantastic resource. Researchers have been accessing this kind of data for decades because of good practise to anonymized and de-identify data.
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Last workshop of the day, on performance indicators and their relative usefulness, presented by the new prez @CAUT_ACPPU ⬇️ #scipol #science #metrics
There are problems with citation counts!
πŸ”Ή Double entries and self citations blur the results
πŸ”Ή Everyone cites outrageous articles, and not because they're good
πŸ”Ή Citations aren't a good metric for all disciplines
πŸ”Ή#ECR get less citations
There are problems with impact factors!
πŸ”Ή They're derived by formulas, that aren't necessarily known

Problems with h index!
πŸ”Ή Disadvantages #ECR
πŸ”Ή Bibliometric mistakes can misrepresent
πŸ”Ή Only includes citations in certain journals, not from books and monographs
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Now attending the breakout panel on training the next generation ➑️ how to best equip students and trainees to succeed outside academia?

@Innovation_CBoC data presented to frame the discussion ⬇️

PhD graduates are represented across diverse fields in and beyond academe
Questions

1. Are we training students and trainees effectively?

2. How can we improve this?

3. Who do we need to educate?
Top points:
πŸ”΅ Seeking skills outside PhD should not be misconstrued as a lack of commitment to research
πŸ”΅ PhDs need plans A, B, C ➑️ many won't get into an academic plan A, so we can't train them as one-spoked wheels
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At the Canadian Consortium for Research meeting today w/ @MitacsCanada #CSPF and @NSERC_CRSNG colleagues, where @VB_Lisa opens by discussing #SupportTheReport efforts, asking how can we foster next steps for fundamental research and the #NextGenCanSci in Canada?

#scipol #thread
James Compton, prev prez @CAUT_ACPPU shows that there was a massive increase in student population, but this has slowed over the last 3 years. It would have slowed more, were it not for international students. Yet, #PSE funding from fed has been flat, has decreased at prov level
... Tuition has also increased over time. Faculty wages are not the culprit though, the % #PSE expenditures on wages has diminished over time. There is also more reliance on contract staff ➑️ and academic staff are not being renewed
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Excited to represent @CAPhys in important discussions on fundamental research in πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ and the training of researchers #cdnsci Opening slide of Canadian Consortium of Research's Summit for Science and Researchers
Added bonus, taking it all in with my talented @MitacsCanada science policy fellowship colleagues from, all who've rocked the transition from PhD to government πŸ‘Œ#CSPF
The day's keynote: @cdavidnaylor on the importance, especially now, of increasing in scholarly inquiry.
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#RM_Ott19 last panel @research_money on whole-of-govt initiatives to support #innovation. Moderated by @ChristineTrautt @CollegeCan, w/ Rob Wright ADM of @PSPC_SPAC, Wayne Moore @DFO_MPO, @NancyHamzawi ADM @environmentca, Andrea Johnston @ISED_CA, Gilles Saindon @AAFC_Canada
#RM_Ott19 RW says @PSPC_SPAC is looking beyond the usual vertical approach of governments, taking a more partnership view to drive success. WM @DFO_Science adds that bar has been set high for collab across departments, to get other ministers' / ADM's input and advice
#RM_Ott19 AJ @ISED_CA likes the "partnership" view, which aligns well with innovation portfolio of ISED. The federal family can be engaged in partnerships in one swoop (e.g. in Clean Growth Hub) rather than forcing external partners to reach out to depts separately
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Stellar panel at @research_money #RM_Ott19 to cap off the evening, chaired by Paul Dufour, w/ Dan Wayner @NRC_CNRC, Sarah Gallagher @scgQuasar @csa_asc, and @ChiefSciCan
P Dufour - There is nothing more useless, than unwanted science advice. Need demand, context, and institutional capacity to sustain it. It's important to maintain trust, and not to oversell the role of advisors.

So, what's the secret sauce to support #scienceadvice in Canada?
#RM_Ott19 @ChiefSciCan is the "dean" of #scienceadvice in Canada, but it still feels like she just got there. Most importantly, she hopes that she is the first of many.
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#NSPNsymposium18 Dalal Najib
@theNASciences comes from #Casablanca in #Morocco and moved to @UMich for a #PhD on interaction of Mars & Venus atmosphere and solar winds. However, she had a crisis and wanted to give back to her community, and dove into #scipol, #ethics, #economics
She went on to do a Christine Mirzayan S&T fellowship via @aaas, one of the few options available to #international applicants (cc @IWS_Network). Wanting to engage #ECR, she applied for a position @theNASciences, got in, and never looked back #NSPNsymposium18
She now promotes #international development, security, and cooperation with @theNASciences, through #Science #technology and #innovation.

@theNASciences β‰  @NSF! The National academy is independent from govt and provides #scienceadvice and #evidence for #scipol

#NSPNsymposium18
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#NSPNsymposium18 @yfortiss starts off the session on Rebuilding Sustainable & Resilient #PuertoRico thru #Science @scipolnetwork
@SEPANYC

w/ @Sefini @sloan_kettering, Juan Ramirez @aaas @nahjUPRRP, and @fcoloninFL of Jasperi Consulting and former advisor to US Dept of State
Ramirez shows #NSPNsymposium18 the striking and dramatic impact of the #PuertoRico hurricane, and the impact on services and #infrastructure. Power was a prominent lasting impact. Cellphone signal was out for days, but once back the people got to work πŸ’ͺ
Pix of the student centre & research building at the university @nahjUPRRP soon after the hurricane in #PuertoRico, taken by Ramirez. Just over a year later, the regular semester and the natural beauty of the campus has returned πŸ‘ #NSPNsymposium18
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#CSPC2018 now at the participatory panel on funding for trainees.
Most voted model for support for trainees is direct via scholarship and fellowships (rather than thru institutions or via grants), and 52% prefer higher value to 48% wanting more awards. #CSPC2018

These are some of many questions in @DSP_SPE survey πŸ“Ž sp-exchange.ca/events/survey/
Some great #NRSA programs over at @NIH ⬇️ #CSPC2018 (see stipend amounts in pix)
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Got a seat right in the front at #CSPC2018 @sciencepolicy for the panel on #NextGenCanScience (science and the next generation) feat enablers of trainees getting involved in #scipol @ChiefSciCan @McGill_VPRI @katemoran Stacey Robinson and @DanWicklum
#CSPC2018 @ChiefSciCan mentions #Budget2018 reinvestments of 2.8B$ to create more collaborative infrastructure in govt labs and beyond. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get things right and elevate Canada in science leadership πŸ™Œ
πŸ“£ All major equipment in federal labs will be part of a registry and be accessible to everyone ➑️ democratizing the infrastructure of #cdnsci - @ChiefSciCan #CSPC2018 @sciencepolicy
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Alright, #CSPC2018 @sciencepolicy, it's time to build some #HYPE!

Fuel up on β˜• & head up to panel #506 in the Capitale room at 3:30!

Great insights from panelists incl @tgruos @DSP_SPE & @MadisonRilling #CIΓ‰ @SciChefQC and *news* (hype!) on the way for #nextgen in πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ #scipol.
Here goes! Still time to join us #CSPC2018!
@BelislePipon @HarvardSciPol #FRQ introduces very first panel organized by #CIÉ @SciChefQC, w/ @BlakeFreier @tgruos @DSP_SPE @DLEKirkwood @MadisonRilling. Paul Dufour, as always, is our guide!

#CSPC2018 @sciencepolicy
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Next panel on #nextgen of problem solvers and enabling #interdisciplinarity, bringing trainee voices to the table πŸ‘ #CSPC2018 @sciencepolicy
Ghose leads the #womeninscience Centre at @Laurier and works in physics and computer science ncl #quantum, and #interdisciplinary is just a big word to her. There is no choice to cross disciplines in her research, which also bridges into #SocialSciences #CSPC2018
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#CSPC2018 luncheon session w/ @ChiefSciCan starting soon! #Thread here ⬇️

#scipol @sciencepolicy
#CSPC2018 @ChiefSciCan congratulates @MehrdadHariri and his team for the 10th anniversary of @sciencepolicy, and on the success of #SciParl2018 for facilitating great dialogue for #scipol and #cdnsci in Parliament πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ
... Also thanks the #scipol community for being there and answering the call when they were needed.

Getting the @ChiefSciCan office together was a challenge like for #ECR just starting up a lab, and like #cdnsci she has build an excellent team

#CSPC2018
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Panel 2, on granting agencies and #citizenscience w/ @mgfortin_rd @NSERC_CRSNG + Ted Hewitt @SSHRC_CRSH + Serge Marchand @FRQS1 + Louise Poissant @FRQSC + Michael Strong @CIHR_IRSC #CSPC2018
#CSPC2018 @mgfortin_rd says #citizenscience and participative science is incredibly important. This isn't only including public in research, it's engaging communities who have knowledge incl #indigenous traditional knowledge.
... Current project ongoing, is a northern community that wants to better document the status of their natural resources (air quality, water) and to analyze the impact of #climatechange & other human impacts on these. There is added value to including these communities. #CSPC2018
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First panel, day 2 #CSPC2018 on the @MitacsCanada #cspf program and building skills / capacity at the #scipol interface.

@alejandroadem introduces the program, that is in its 3rd year, and is at federal level in #ottawa and prov at #BC
David Castle champions @MitacsCanada #CSPF program in #BC, and discusses the importance of capacity building of #scipol across levels of govt (fed + prov), and placing fellows in depts that can and will use their skills effectively, + help them to develop new ones. #CSPC2018
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#CSPC2018 panel on #scienceadvice starts!

@DLEKirkwood chief scientist of @NRCan says issue is not do much making sure science is valued in govt (seems it is) but to ensure evidence is used in policy. Plus, policy is inherently quicker than science.

#scipol #canpoli #cdnsci
... The challenge for new science advisors and chief scientists is to ensure that the need for #EBDM in policy is understood across the department, across govt. #CSPC2018
#CSPC2018 Sarah Gallagher @csa_asc says building relationships btw scientists and policymakers (#scicomm skills helpful here!) is key
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So many great panels at #CSPC2018 right now on #scicomm and #scienceliteracy, but my choice is clear... Attending the @FRQ_NT panel on #EDI that includes both Anne Webb @NSERC_CRSNG and our first of 2 co-presidents @DSP_SPE panelists today, @maryrosebgill!
#CSPC2018 #EDI #SPEatCSPC

@maryrosebgill was the lead on the @DSP_SPE consultation on breaking gender barriers in STEM ➑️ Check out the report here πŸ“Žsp-exchange.ca/news/Breaking_…
Fanny Eugène from @FRQ_NT organized this panel and presents the projects at #FRQ @SciChefQC and the SAGA model
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Next panel @sciencepolicy #CSPC2018 on international science and Canada, global agenda for 2030. Gordon McBean starts us off with background on international consortia and meetings on this important topic. Need to bring stakeholders together for a global program
#CSPC2018 @wwatsonwright @OceanFrontier stresses there is only one ocean, where distinct bodies are connected. If we treat them separately and let borders define policy, we limit the impact our policies can have
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