An important skill often lacking in scientists is the ability to distill scientific information and to communicate it to non-scientific decision makers. A professional development policy component was incorporated into the training of all the NSERC CREATE IACPES trainees. This was to encourage the students to think beyond the science, to expose them to a network of government policy contacts, and to provide future opportunities to those students who might find a niche in the science/policy/management arena, an area that is desperately in need of scientifically trained individuals with proper communication skills. Each student chose a policy topic related to their research or some other atmospheric theme with the intention of writing a paper/manuscript and present the results to a suitable audience. At the 5th Annual IACPES Symposium on Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, June 13, 2016, the students presented talks on atmospheric science policy to government scientists who were invited to participate.
Below the reports submitted by Phd. and MSc. IACPES students are listed along with the attached pdf document.
- Educating chemistry students on environmental science, GW
- Ontario’s offshore wind industry policy issues, SA
- Transitioning to a low-emission energy system in Canada: Policy considerations and technological limitations, YT
- Methane regulation in Alberta and a brief comparison with other fossil fuel economy states and provinces: A fugitive in question, TT
- The importance of collaboration between universities, industry and government: A Canadian space exploration perspective, GN
- Alberta’s new climate leadership plan: A provincial response to climate change, NA
- Traffic related air pollution: Health consequences and mitigation strategies, SJM
- Integrating a science and public policy module into an undergraduate science course
- Climate policy consequences of value judgements inherent to widely-used global warming potentials, SB
Science Policy Conference Reports
- Csilla Cuskat, CSPC 2016 Report
- Aida Khanbabakhani, Trip report for the 8th Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa
- William Fuis, 8th Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa
Dear IACPES Students:
The 8th Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) is announced. It will take place on November 8-10, 2016, Ottawa, Ontario.
Dear Graduate Student:
You are invited to participate in a workshop entitled
The Role of Science in Public Policy
Dr. Maurice Bitran
(We will begin the day with breakfast at 8:45 am.)
9:30 am – 12:30 pm.
(There will be a 15 minute coffee break – time tbd)
1. The policy development process
– The scientist point of view
– The policy analyst point of view
2. A framework for the development of science-based policies
3. The communication of science-based policies
– The communication of risk
– The precautionary principle
4. Open Discussion & Questions
Time & Location
Tuesday, April 5, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm., York University, Stedman D
Please register in advance. Contact IACPES@yorku.ca to receive your Eventbrite invitation. Thank you.
This workshop is co-offered to graduate students as part of the NSERC CREATE Program:
Integrating Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics from Earth to Space (IACPES)
For IACPES training day this year, Friday May 29, 2015; we are arranging
an Advanced Instrumentation Tour over at Environment Canada (4905
Dufferin Street) including:
Aerosol Mass Spectrometry (HR-AMS)
Proton Transfer Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS)
Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry (CIMS)
Brewer Spectrophotometer & Ozonesondes
With lunch, this would be ~ 5 hours, 9am-2pm. The limited size group
would be broken down into smaller groups for the tour:
This is a limited registration event. Priority goes to the following in
– IACPES grad students & PDF’s
– IACPES undergrads
– other graduate students
We will only be accepting a group of 12 total. Please register email@example.com.
More details to be announced later.
Prof. Robert McLaren is currently accepting applications for graduate students in atmospheric chemistry. Excellent applicants should apply to the IACPES Program.
Prof. McLaren is also accepting applications for a post-doctoral position, with a focus on aerosol formation studies in collaboration with Environment Canada. Experience with aerosol mass spectrometry, PTR/MS and physical measurements of aerosols is an asset. Excellent applicants should apply to IACPES.
Attention NSERC CREATE IACPES Graduate Students and Post Docs. We are encouraging you to attend the following workshops presented by Mitacs Step. “Mitacs Step is a suite of interactive professional development workshops designed to prepare graduate students and post docs for careers within or beyond academia”. All graduate students and Post Docs are welcome. Mitacs.
Upcoming workshops offered at York University are:
Essentials of Productive Teams, Friday, December, 13, 2013, York University
Practice your Presentation Skills 1, Tuesday, February 4, 2014, York University
Skills of Business Etiquette, Wednesday, February, 5, 2014, York University
Other workshops are offered at other universities such as UofT and Ryerson as well; all graduate students and post docs are welcome to take the workshops at any university in Canada where they are being offered conveniently, especially if the workshop wanted is full or not offered at your preferred University. See the attached flyer for registration and information. Mitacs
Mark your calendar for the upcoming CSPC 2013 conference, to be held at the Allstream Centre in Toronto, Ontario from November 20 to 22, 2013.
After 5 years, CSPC is returning to Toronto to host an expanded, diversified and richer science policy conference. The conference offers a unique platform for diverse groups of stakeholders to connect at the national level, to exchange ideas on key issues in science, technology and innovation policy, and to craft a future based on strong, dynamic, and innovative policy-making for the benefit of all Canadians. Under the title of “ScienceNext: Incubating Innovation and Ingenuity“, the conference will provide a unique opportunity to facilitate discussion among diverse groups of science policy stakeholders.
For more information, click here
OME Mobile Air Monitoring Unit Vehicles
During the week of June 10-14, 2013 the NSERC CREATE Integrating Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics from Earth to Space (IACPES) Program at York University hosted a Training Week. Funding for this program is provided by NSERC. This 2nd annual Training Week is intended for all trainees supported by the NSERC CREATE IACPES Program, and also for undergraduates, graduates and PDF and professions who wish to attend. This week long training consist of an intensive 3-day summer school, a symposium/poster day and a day of hands-on training on IGOR PRO Scientific Software. For more information on each of these aspects click here.
Inside the OME Mobile Air Monitoring Unit Van
OME Personnel giving tour to IACPES participants
37 participants from various affiliations registered for the summer school (19 YU; 6 UoT; 3 U Cal; 3 OME; 3 EC; 1 UG; 1 UBC; 1 UWO), 29 participants registered for the symposium/poster day (12 presented talks; 7 posters), and 24 registered for the hands-on training which was the maximum allowed in the lab. 8 Professors from various universities and 4 professionals from Environment Canada (EC) lectured at the summer school as well as there were representatives from EC, OME and City of Toronto who participated at an atmospheric policy panel discussion session. On the 1st day of summer school 5 OME personnel gave the students an impressive tour/hands-on session of their operational Mobile Air Monitoring Units (van and truck)
The 4th Canadian Science Policy Conference 2012, on November 5 – 7 in Calgary, Alberta will provide a unique opportunity for science policy stakeholders to get together at the national level to network and discuss the present and future of science policy in Canada.
For more information, click here.
The first IACPES Summer Course in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics will be held the week of Aug 20-24, 2012 at York University. Funding is provided by NSERC. We ask that all IACPES students put this week on hold. We are happy to have investigators and collaborators attend as well.
The summer course will be open to non-IACPES students who have an interest in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered for all IACPES students. Other activities during the week will also be open to non-IACPES students, conditional on space availability. Click here for more details.
A brief synopsis of the week is as follows:
August 20 – IACPES symposium (all students should plan on making a presentation)
August 21-23 – Summer Course in ACP
August 24 – Training activities for students
For further details please click here
We look forward to seeing you all in August.
XXXII SCAR (Scientific Community on Antarctic Research) and Open Science Conference will take place in Portland, OR, USA from July 13-25, 2012. SCAR is responsible for initiating, developing, and coordinating high quality international scientific research in the Antarctic and providing independent scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty System.
This conference might serve as a possible “Policy Project” for IACPES participants. IACPES graduate students must complete a policy project requirement. The purpose of this training element is to encourage students to think beyond the science, to expose students to a network of government policy contacts, and to provide future opportunities to those students who might find a niche in the science/policy/management arena, an area that is desperately in need of scientifically trained individuals with proper communication skills.
York awarded $3.3 million by NSERC for research funding. Read more here.
IACPES program provides undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral fellows with exceptional research opportunities. Watch Professor McLaren and Professor Rudolph introduce the program here.