Introduction to Science in Government

1 day courseIn Ottawa, ON
  • October 27, 20208:30am - 4:30pm
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  • January 13, 20218:30am - 4:30pm
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This one-day course provides an introduction to how science and innovation work in government and how policy related to them is put into practice.

What you can expect

The course is delivered by seasoned policy practitioners who use real-world case studies and discussions to help improve your understanding of key challenges facing government researchers, innovators and policy analysts with a focus on how to deal with these situations.

Why the topic is important

The course underscores that those working in science and innovation in the public service face a very different context than the one they knew in academia. Public servants work in a complex environment of conflicting demands, rapidly expanding knowledge and emerging technologies, multiple stakeholders, and issues that cut across the mandates of various departments and agencies. Making sense of all of these elements requires a sound understanding of the policy process, relationships with networks of collaborators, and skills to effectively mobilize evidence to better inform decision-making.

What you will gain

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

  • Gained an appreciation of the structure of government, how decisions are made in government, the nature of the policy development cycle, evidence for decision-making and an introduction to the science-policy interface;
  • Gained a better understanding of the different roles and rationales for science and innovation in industry, academe and government laboratories;
  • Developed collaboration skills and new relationships/networks with others in the public service.

If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Kinder at or at 613-562-0090 x224.

Who should attend?

Typical attendee profile(s):

This course is designed for those in the earlier part of their public service careers, or those new to responsibilities in innovation, science and governance.

Science – Federal scientists, engineers, researchers, regulatory and other technical professionals seeking to improve their understanding of the policy context for science and innovation and ensure the relevance, quality and impact of their work.

Policy – Federal policy analysts/advisors and other officers in strategic policy, planning, risk management, program delivery, knowledge management, audit, evaluation, communications, human resources and other professionals seeking to improve their understanding related to work in a science- or innovation-based department or agency.

What's included

Expert facilitation, breakfast and lunch, and course materials.

Course fee(s)

$990 per attendee

As a not-for-profit organization, the IOG does not charge HST.

Registration is done through an online registration system where you can select to pay by credit card or request an invoice.

Group discounts

If you have more than two people attending, you may be eligible for a group discount. Contact us for details at 613-562-0090 or

Main contact

Jeff Kinder
613-562-0090 x224
1 day courseIn Ottawa, ON
  • October 27, 20208:30am - 4:30pm
Register ›
  • January 13, 20218:30am - 4:30pm
Register ›

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.

For those who wish to have an adapted course that is specific to their issues and requirements, customized course offerings can be delivered on request for branches, teams or groups, in English or French in any part of the country.

The IOG also offers the Coaching Circle, to assist executives and officers at all levels of government as well as non-profit and other organizations in the development of their leadership skills.

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