Rapports SPE Café


Mental Health: How can academia do better?

Science & Policy Exchange (SPE) conducted an SPE Café event that

entailed roundtable discussions with graduate students to understand (1) mental health

problems in academia, (2) the current landscape of mental health resources and services in

Canadian academic institutions, and (3) potential improvements. The Café was followed by a

webinar talk, on September 17, 2020, by Devon Simpson, who elaborated on the three

aforementioned points. Based on the two events, we make recommendations to encourage an

academic environment that fosters wellbeing and to ensure that graduate students receive

adequate mental health support.

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Sexual Harassment: How can Academia do Better?

This report summarizes key policy recommendations aimed at improving higher education institutional sexual violence policies in Quebec following roundtable discussions at Science & Policy Exchange’s event “SPECafé, Sexual Harassment: How can Academia do Better?”.

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Marijuana Legalization; Where do we go from here?

The purpose of this report is to provide recommendations for the effective implementation of impending legalization of nonmedical cannabis in Canada. While recognizing that regulation is done by the provinces and territories across Canada, these policy recommendations could have implications across federal, provincial, and territorial levels.


Santé mentale: Comment mieux faire?

Le 28 juillet 2020, le Dialogue Sciences et Politiques (DSP) a organisé l'événement Café DSP

avec plusieurs tables rondes composées d’étudiant·e·s des cycles supérieurs, dans le but de

mettre de l’avant (1) les problèmes de santé mentale dans le milieu universitaire (2) le paysage

actuel des ressources disponibles et des services de santé mentale dans les institutions

universitaires canadiennes et (3) les améliorations possibles. Le Café a été suivi d'un webinaire,

le 17 septembre 2020, par Devon Simpson qui a discuté des trois points susmentionnés. Sur la

base de ces deux événements, nous formulons dans ce rapport des recommandations visant à

encourager un environnement universitaire favorisant le bien-être et à garantir un soutien

adéquat en matière de santé mentale pour les étudiant·e·s.

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Your voice matters

Science and Policy Exchange (SPE) conducted a “SPECafe: Your voice matters. What do you want them to hear?” event on April 4, 2019. The goal was to identify key concerns affecting doctoral students and graduates, postdoctoral fellows (PDF), and early career researchers (ECRs). This report summarizes these issues, offers recommendations to Members of Parliament (MP) and provides guidelines for research trainees to advocate for their interests before the government.

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Breaking Gender Barriers in STEMM

This report was generated from discussions among mostly female undergraduate and graduate STEMM students at an our SPE Café on Dec 11, 2017, inspired by the Gender Summit that took place in Montreal on Nov 6-8, 2017. It reflects barriers that participants have experienced or observed during their studies, as well as obstacles they anticipate facing as they pursue their careers. 

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Sexual Harassment: How can Academia do Better?

Ce rapport résume les principales recommandations visant à améliorer les politiques en matière de violence sexuelle dans les établissement d’enseignement supérieur au Québec, suite aux tables rondes organisées lors de l’évènement Dialogue Sciences & Politiques, “SPECafé, Sexual Harassment: How can Academia do Better?”.

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Time Flies When You're Having Funds

For our SPE café debut, we will discuss basic science funding in Canada, and more specifically the Naylor report’s recommendations.
Towards this goal, we have provided you on page 2-3 with an introduction to the current funding situation in Canada, highlights the Naylor report recommendations, and a brief overview advocacy strategies. We additionally provide you with additional resources on this topic on page 4.