Send Us Your Stories: Why Public Science Matters!

Over the past year, PIPSC has focused its science campaign on the first stage – The Big Chill and Vanishing Science – which brought to light the negative effects of budget cuts, layoffs, restructuring, and implementation of restrictive communication policies. This year, we will launch the next phase of our campaign – Why Public Science Matters – which will focus on three key objectives:

  1. Highlighting the role and contributions of PIPSC members;
  2. Raising the profile of public science; and
  3. Providing input into, and advocating for, public science policy and resources.

Part of the drive to highlight the importance of public science will involve gathering your stories about why you are passionate about your work, what you have achieved, and why your work is important to Canadians. Demonstrating the value of public science – and celebrating the achievements – is a critical aspect of advocacy. So let’s show Canadians why public science matters and how it contributes to the lives of all Canadians!

Please send us a short (250-to-500-word) description of your best experiences working for federal science-based departments and agencies. This can include (but is not limited to) answering some of the following questions:

  • For scientists who have been employed by the federal government for 10 years or less:
    • What inspired you to enter your field of research and then the public service?
    • What have been some of the highlights of your career in the public service and what have you learned?
    • How does your work contribute to Canadian society? (Public health, food safety, transportation safety, environment, innovation, agriculture, discovery, regulation, etc.)
    • What aspirations do you have for your future in the public service and what do you want to achieve?
  • For scientists employed for more than 10 years:
    • What keeps you motivated and passionate about the work you do?
    • What are some of the highlights and achievements of your work?
    • How does your work contribute to Canadian society? (Public health, food safety, transportation safety, environment, innovation, agriculture, discovery, regulation, etc.)
    • What is the legacy of your work and what would you like to pass on to future generations?

We are eager to hear your stories and leverage them in our campaign to promote and advocate on behalf of scientists and Canada’s public science capacity.

Please send your stories by e-mail .

By sending us your stories, you are authorizing PIPSC to edit and post your stories publicly on the PIPSC website or in other media.

If you have any questions or require further information, do not hesitate to email or call 613-228-9018, ext.2313.