Policy & Practice
By calling on student groups to withdraw certain controversial statements, the minister of colleges and universities is demonstrating that the policy was and is a hollow gesture.
Questions around Stanford U president Marc Tessier-Lavigne’s research represent a case in point.
The Advisory Panel on the Federal Research Support System continues a ritualistic cycle of reviews and reports into Canada’s scientific support infrastructure.
Why is the federal government still throwing money and resources at this project?
If the vaunted features of science that are used rhetorically to promote and justify its status as an aid to international affairs are truly valued, it would be precisely in the most trying circumstances that science diplomacy should remain a viable alternative.
Institutional mobility is key for women to move up in the academic leadership and prestige ladders.
We need to put aside our preconceived notions about how universities should be run, to better assess where we need to make improvements.
As it was not tasked with offering recommendations, the report’s conclusions are understandably generic and understated.
Virtual formats can’t replace face-to-face interactions, but will entrepreneurship programs use the past year to be, in true entrepreneurial fashion, innovative?
As the 2021 federal budget looms, the time of “made-in-Canada Silicon Valleys” has passed.
A closer look at the four recommendations from Ontario’s expert panel on intellectual property, created to assess the commercialization activities of higher-education institutions.
COVID-19 has caused the academic community to be very reactionary, but research is fundamentally a long-term process.
Major crises provide windows of opportunity for change.
Despite a widespread media narrative claiming students would be flocking to Canada, universities did not see a “Trump bump.”
More funds for science in recent decades has meant more political pressure on research councils to showcase impact and demonstrate relevance.
The Liberals claim that “science is at the centre of everything the government does” – yet all we have seen and heard are symbolic gestures and feel-good rhetoric.
Clusters are often described as prioritizing interdisciplinary collaboration, but that comes with its own unique set of challenges.
The poor rate of innovation among Canadian firms relates to factors well beyond the scope of research partnerships.
In the long run, the status of the report as a relevant source for policy debate and advocacy hinges on which party wins the October federal election.
A new panel created in the 2019 Ontario budget will have the mundane task of clarifying the relationship between science and innovation.