Science in Government 201 – Essentials of S & T Policy

August 9, 2017 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Registration
August 10, 2017 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

November 2, 2017 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Registration
November 3, 2017 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

February 6, 2018 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Registration
February 7, 2018 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Event Type: Course

Updated to reflect the new government, this two-day course is the second in a series of courses targeted to meet the needs of science and policy professionals in government. Science is a key contributor to the delivery of a broad range of public policy and regulatory mandates, but are not always well understood. Better integration of science policy and regulation is needed to support evidence-based decision-making but remains a challenge. There is demand for more public servants trained at the intersection of science and public policy. In this context “science in government” relates to all departments and all staff involved in science that supports:

  • Policy development;
  • Regulatory development and enforcement;
  • Development of new knowledge;
  • Development of new technology; and
  • Development of new tools such as e-tools.

Targeted Participants

Professionals at the officer level in the mid-stages of their career from the following groups will be interested in this course:

“Science” – Federal scientists, engineers, researchers, regulatory experts and other technical professionals seeking to improve their understanding and skills related to the policy context for science in government and how to better ensure the relevance, quality and impact of their work.

“Policy” – Federal policy analysts/advisors and other officers in strategic planning, risk management, program delivery, knowledge management, audit, evaluation, communications, and other non-science professionals seeking to improve their understanding and skills related to how science can support evidence-based decision-making, provide a test bed for new ideas and improve their products.

“Science Policy” – Science policy analysts/advisors, especially those who are new to these positions, seeking to improve their understanding and skills related to science based policy and their role at the interface between science and policy

Learning Objectives

By the end of the two-day course, participants will have:

  • Gained a better appreciation of science policy, both in terms of “policy for science” and “science for policy”, the nature of evidence-based decision-making, and the science-policy interface;
  • Gained a better understanding of the key issues, ideas, interests, institutions and instruments underlying the government’s support of science in industry, academe and government laboratories;
  • Been exposed to various tools and resources that support the integration of science and policy; and
  • Developed new relationships/networks with others in science & policy.


  • A mix of presentations, discussion, real-world cases, active learning approaches, guest speakers, reflection and networking.
  • Emphasis on practice over theory.
  • Potential for complementary on-line content modules in the future.

Course Fee

The cost of this two-day course is $1200 (no HST) per person. The price includes expert facilitation, breakfast and lunch both days, and course materials.

IOG Promotion!

Discounts are available for multiple participants and/or if you choose to bundle the courses.  Customized course offerings can be delivered on request for branches, teams or groups, in English or French, in any part of the country.  Contact Toby Fyfe at or at 613-562-0090 x242.
Registering is done through an online registration system where you can pay by credit card or request an invoice. If you have problems registering, please call 613 562-0090 x200.

The IOG value-added

All IOG courses are prepared and taught by those who have held senior positions in the federal government. They are guided by a Learning Committee of senior federal government public servants.

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