Science Meets Parliament 2020 (SMP 2020) has been postponed to the fall and will not be held in May 2020 due to precautionary measures against the spread of Covid-19. CSPC will announce the new SMP 2020 dates in due course.

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The Canadian Science Policy Centre and the Office of Chief Science Advisor are pleased to announce the second round of Science Meets Parliament, which will take place in Ottawa in Fall 2020!

The first Science Meets Parliament in 2018 was a great success, and the project received positive feedback from both SMP delegates and as well as the participating parliamentarians. Here’s what our delegates had to say:

“This is a valuable eye-opening experience for scientists to learn about current issues, the legislative process, and most importantly, to get to know the MPs.” – delegate

“My ability to connect with parliamentarians and policy-makers and move my research into policy channels has never before felt so possible.” – delegate

  • Jeremy Brownlie
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  • Sci Parl 2018 meeting
  • Dan Ruimy
  • Brian Masse
  • Kirsty Duncan addressing delegates
  • Mona Nemer
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  • Michael Chong


The objective of this initiative is to strengthen the connections between Canada’s scientific and political communities, enable a two-way dialogue, and promote mutual understanding of science and public policy. This initiative aims to help scientists become familiar with policy making at the political level, and for parliamentarians to explore using scientific evidence in policy making. This initiative will not include any discussion of science funding or other forms of advocacy. 

The Science Meets Parliament model is adapted from the successful Australian program that is now in its 21st year. Similar initiatives exist in the EU, the UK and Spain.

CSPC’s program aims to benefit the Parliamentarians, the scientific community and, indirectly, the Canadian public.

Benefits to Canadians

  • Bring together and encourage mutual understanding between Scienists and Parliamentarians
  • Foster a conversation about locally and nationally relevant issues using scientific evidence
  • Educate the scientific community on how to better engage with Parliamentarians, thereby enhancing use of science for effective public policy design

Benefits to Parliamentarians

  • Engage with emerging leaders in the science community that drive science and innovation
  • Learn from scientists about resources in Canadian research institutions available to Parliamentarians
  • Receive direct answers to questions they may have on scientific matters or background issues (during the event and in the future)
  • Discuss how training Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) in their research laboratories contributes to the local and national economies
  • Build lasting connections with scientists from diverse regions and specialties

Benefits to Scientists

  • Build lasting connections with Parliamentarians and their staff
  • Learn about the legislative and political processes and the reality of being a Parliamentarian
  • Understand how their research can be useful to Parliamentarians to maximize its impact on policy development
  • Gain insights about how to effectively communicate research to Parliamentarians
  • Communicate lessons learnt from Science Meets Parliament to colleagues and students at their home research institutions