Science Leadership Program, April 22-24, 2015 - Call for applications

PDAD&C #55, 2014-15

From:     Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost 
Date:  December 17, 2014
Re:  Science Leadership Program, April 22-24, 2015 - Call for applications 

Please distribute this memo widely within your units
The Science Leadership Program (SLP) is a two-day workshop designed to give faculty members the tools to effectively engage policymakers, the media, decision-makers, and the general public about their research.

Joined by colleagues from the University of Toronto (U of T) and other Canadian universities, faculty members are invited to participate in a series of hands-on training sessions on communications, outreach, and leadership in showcasing research. Sessions and panel discussions will be delivered by experienced trainers and prominent practitioners, including top policy experts and journalists.

All faculty who complete the SLP program will be considered SLP fellows, and invited to participate in annual workshops and Science & Engineering Engagement (SEE) activities, thereby building on the fundamentals gained in the SLP workshop.
The workshop will begin with a reception on the evening of Wednesday, April 22 and will end with a group dinner on Friday, April 24.

Applicant Criteria
The Science Leadership Program is seeking outstanding academic scientists, engineers and social scientists from U of T and other research-intensive Canadian universities with the following characteristics:
• Excellence in scientific/engineering/medical research and teaching;
• Passion and capacity to exercise leadership and enthusiasm for communicating science;
• Interest, willingness and appropriate professional position to engage with stakeholders;
• Commitment to participate fully in the training program and follow-up activities as an SLP Fellow.

Application Deadline: January 26, 2015

Application Form and Additional Information:  


About SLP
The Science Leadership Program aims to build a network of top researchers across U of T and other research-intensive universities in Canada, who share the goal of connecting with leaders of relevant external organizations and media.  Now in its third year, the SLP is directed by Molly Shoichet, the Senior Advisor on Science and Engineering Engagement, and the SLP steering committee.  Financial support for the SLP is provided by the Connaught Fund, and Science and Engineering Engagement (SEE).