Science in Government 301 – Intermediate S&T Policy

September 19, 2017 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Registration
September 20, 2017 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

November 28, 2017 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Registration
November 29, 2017 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

February 21, 2018 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Registration
February 22, 2018 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Event Type: Course

This two-day course is the third in a series of courses targeted to meet the needs of science and policy professionals. It is an extension of and builds upon the Essentials of Science Policy course (Science in Government 201) with greater participant engagement on applying the fundamentals to strategy development. 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 senior officer level and at the first levels of executive responsibility in 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 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 seeking to improve their understanding and skills related to science policy and their role at the interface between science and policy

Learning Objectives

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

  • Discussed important concepts including: Governance of science; Partnerships and collaboration; Science specific HR management; Science specific IT needs; and Open science.
  • Gained an understanding of the difference between government Science and others in the innovation system as well as a full 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 an operational understanding of the key issues, ideas, interests, institutions and instruments underlying the government’s support of Science in industry, academe and government laboratories;
  • Understood that a Science Strategy must fit in context of government & departmental policy priorities including discussions of science in an environment of changing government priorities; and
  • Developed new relationships/networks with others in science and 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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