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Thursday, November 10 • 10:30 - 12:00
Optimizing Benefits from Canadian Research / Optimiser les retombées de la recherche canadienne

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Organized by: Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration

Are we optimizing our investment in publicly funded research? We have a strong and dynamic academic research ecosystem and there is much to celebrate – both in terms of funding structures and researchperformance. But research productivity and effectiveness is being compromised by undue administrative burden on researchers and research institutions. This CSPC session will focus on identifying constructive and feasible ways to ways to reduce admin burden without compromising quality and accountability of the research system.  

It is only since the 1960s that there has been a major thrust among post-secondary education (PSE) institutions to embrace research as a core value. Subsequently and until today, the PSE research environment in Canada has been dynamic, with massive changes in i) the number of researchers and the quality of academic research, ii) the number and diversity of post-secondary education (PSE) institutions active in research, iii) the global context, iv) the level of public funding for PSE research, v) public expectations of the societal benefit from that research, and vi) the nature of knowledge production and dissemination. The research system is increasingly complex and multi-layered; it is by no means broken, but it is under stress. The time is ripe for a system-wide reassessment and adjustment.

This session will draw on the expertise and wide ranging experiences of the moderator and speakers to trigger an active discussion on ways in which we can best optimize the benefits from our research investments. The Panel will lead discussion with a summary of the advanced input and personal perspectives.  Participants will have the opportunity to submit their ideas in advance. A submission to the federal Science Review is available as background; it provides one perspective on the issues and possible ways to improve the situation.  We look forward to many other perspectives and ideas.Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration[KS1] 

 [KS1]The website only lists David Baker, but I know him and Janet are from CASRAI

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Janet E. Halliwell

President,, J.E. Halliwell Associates Inc.
Janet Halliwell is the President of JE Halliwell Associates Inc., a company providing value-added services in policy and management consultancy relating to post-secondary education and science and technology, particularly publicly-funded R&D. Janet has extensive experience in S&T... Read More →

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Dominique Bérubé

Vice-President, Research Programs, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Dominique Bérubé was appointed vice-president, Research Programs, at SSHRC in October 2015 and is responsible for the agency’s Talent, Insight and Connection programs as well as the suite of programs managed by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat, the Canada Research... Read More →
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Jim Woodgett

Director of the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute,, Mount Sinai Hospital
Jim Woodgett, Ph.D. (Dundee U) moved to Canada in 1992 to work at the Ontario Cancer Institute. His biomedical research there focused on the signalling mechanisms that underscore malignant growth, degenerative diseases and diabetes. From 1995-2005, he was an International Scholar... Read More →

Thursday November 10, 2016 10:30 - 12:00 EST
Room 212