On February 20th, 2017, the first FoR Vancouver symposium was held at the SFU Harbour Centre, bringing together early-career researchers from across BC to discuss challenges facing the future of Canadian science, including:
1) Funding for early career researchers
2) Training and transparency of career outcomes of early career researchers
3) Increased connectivity – how to promote and strengthen conversations about research and infrastructure between research institutions and provinces
4) The structure of the scientific workforce
Our speakers and panellists included:
- Keynote address: Prof. Santa Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of British Columbia
- Keynote address: Dr. Terry Thomas, Chief Scientific Officer, STEMCELL Technologies
- Panelist: Dr. Liisa Galea, University of British Columbia
- Panelist: Dr. Lara Boyd, University of British Columbia
- Panelist: Dr. Eric Hsu, Istuary Innovation Group
Find out more about our speakers here
February 20th, 2017
1:00 – 1:30 – Registration
1:30 – 2:30 – Keynotes
2:30 – 3:30 – Interactive Panel Discussion
3:30 – 4:00 – Coffee break
4:00 – 5:00 – Breakout sessions
- How can trainees be better prepared for careers in science in 2017?
- How should the supply of postdocs and graduate students be matched to demand to create sustainable, secure career pathways for young researchers?
- How can the funding of science research in Canada be structured to balance and promote basic research, knowledge translation, and training the next generation of scientists?
- How can the current system of incentives be fixed so that scientists and institutions are rewarded for the behaviours that are believed to support good science?
5:00 – 5:30 – Wrap-up remarks
5:30 – 7:30 – Reception
FoR Vancouver Symposium 2017 was made possible by generous support from our sponsors