On March 22nd, TSPN hosted a discussion about Canada’s housing and healthcare crisis with three leading experts in the field. Moderated by Victoria Gibson, the Toronto Star’s affordable housing reporter, attendees learned about the significant health costs of housing instability and how implementing evidence-based solutions can help.

On the panel, we were fortunate to have:

  • Mikaela Gabriel, a PhD Candidate in Clinical and Counselling Psychology from the Ontario Institute in Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Supervised by Dr. …

On March 10th, we held a virtual TSPN Talks with Dr. Julie Marentette, Senior Science Advisor at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. This talk focused on the interface between science and policy, and provided graduate students the opportunity to learn about the role of science advising.

Dr. Marentette began her talk by providing an overview of the interface between science and policy, which refers to how applied sciences can be used to support evidence-based decision making. She compared the similarities and differences between government and academic research, drawing from her experience as a PhD researcher at McMaster and then a…


In late February, TSPN hosted Dr. Monica Granados for a workshop on Open Science. Dr. Granados walked the audience through what open science is, why it’s useful and how we can apply it in our own work.

Open science is the belief that science should be accessible to everyone — regardless of a person’s occupation, race, nationality, or economic status. To make science more accessible you can either make it easier to access and use (e.g. removing financial barriers) or easier to understand (e.g improve science communication). Dr. Granados presented a few steps to help put your science within reach.


On December 17th, we held a virtual TSPN Talks with Dr. Masha Cemma, Policy Advisor to the Chief Science Advisor of Canada. This event gave the UofT community as well as graduate students across Canada a chance to learn about Dr. Cemma’s transition from PhD graduate to Policy Advisor and how to navigate a similar career path.

Dr. Cemma began her talk by providing background on her education as well as additional training and fellowships that she acquired after completing her PhD in the Department of Molecular Genetics at U of T. Dr. Cemma then went on to describe…


On November 12th we held a virtual Just the Facts panel featuring three Toronto transit experts. This event gave the UofT community and general public a chance to learn about transit research and policy from the experts.

Moderated by Ben Spurr, Toronto Star’s transportation reporter, our panel included:

  • Cherise Burda (Executive Director, City Building Ryerson)
  • Amanda O’Rourke (Executive Director, 8 80 Cities)
  • Dr. Matti Siemiatycki (Associate Professor, University of Toronto)

The event began with each panelist answering one question: if they had three minutes with a decision maker, what one policy or research finding would they propose to drive…


21 October 2020

TSPN was excited to start the 2020–2021 academic year with a workshop on the Role of Science in Public Policy. We had the privilege of hosting Dr. Maurice Bitran to lead the two hour discussion over zoom.

Dr. Bitran was formerly the CEO of the Ontario Science Centre, an Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) in the Ontario Government, and the Executive Director of the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund. …


Event poster about the Evidence To Policy 101 workshop which took place on Thursday 27 Feb 2020 at the University of Toronto.
Event poster about the Evidence To Policy 101 workshop which took place on Thursday 27 Feb 2020 at the University of Toronto.

TSPN would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who came out to attend our Evidence To Policy 101 Workshop on Thursday 27th February 2020. We had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Chelsea Rochman — an assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s Ecology & Evolutionary Biology department.

We would also like to acknowledge the generous funding support that we received from the You’re Next Career Network and the University of Toronto Engineering Alumni Association.


Graphic depicting event details for our #TSPNTalks event with Councillor Jennifer McKelvie.
Graphic depicting event details for our #TSPNTalks event with Councillor Jennifer McKelvie.

On Thursday 23rd January 2020, the Toronto Science Policy Network hosted Councillor Jennifer McKelvie at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough Campus, in a TSPN Talk titled “The Future We Want”. McKelvie is currently the City Councillor for Ward 25 (Scarborough-Rouge Park) and has a background in geology.

McKelvie’s #TSPNTalk centered around her story from scientist to politician, and illuminated some key lessons along the way. Her passion for politics started at the age of 10 when she tried to fight to protect her local green area. Although she was unsuccessful, this was just the beginning of her political career…


Credit: Maegan Ong.

TSPN would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who came out to attend our Media Relations 101 Workshop held on Thursday 28th November 2019. We had the pleasure to host two Faculty of Medicine communications professionals: Liam Mitchell(Associate Director of Communications) and Gabrielle (Gabe) Giroday (Communications and Media Relations Specialist) .


On August 8th, we launched the Let’s #VoteScience campaign, alongside Evidence for Democracy and the Science & Policy Exchange, to mobilize Canadians to advocate for science during this year’s federal elections. To kick off this campaign, TSPN, the Royal Canadian Institute for Science (RCIScience) and the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSMB) hosted Let’s #VoteScience, to talk about how and why scientists can advocate for science in the upcoming federal election.

The event featured Dr. David Naylor (Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto), Dr. Amanda Veri (Research Associate, University of Toronto) and Dr. Imogen R. …

Toronto Science Policy Network

TSPN is a student science policy group at the University of Toronto, where students & researchers can learn more about and engage in science policy.

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