2016
2016 Canadian National Postdoctoral Survey Results
On November 19, 2016 By J Sparling

CAPS-ACSP is excited to officially release the 2016 Canadian National Postdoc Survey Report and Executive Summary. The survey and report were funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The survey covered a wide range …

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Announcing the agenda for the 2016 CAPS/ACSP AGM
On October 17, 2016 By J Sparling

The official agenda for our 2016 AGM has now been released. This image is in png format. To save or copy, simply right click and choose the option you prefer.

Sneak peek of 2016 National Postdoc Survey Results
On October 13, 2016 By J Sparling

CAPS/ACSP is proud to announce that the first public reveal of some of the data from our 2016 National Postdoc Survey will occur at this year’s CAPS/ACSP AGM in Toronto on Monday, October 31st. The deadline to register for the 2016 AGM is Friday, October 21st 2016. To register to attend the AGM, check out this post on our …

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A Unique Approach to the Start-Up is Ideal for Young Researchers
On October 08, 2016 By J Sparling

Over my years working with CAPS/ACSP (2011 – present), I have all-to-frequently witnessed postdocs frustrated with their employment opportunities. Both the 2013 CAPS/ACSP Postdoctoral Survey and the forthcoming 2016 survey (ask me in November) show that roughly 75% of postdocs are looking for a permanent position in the academy. Unfortunately, the reality is that there …

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SSHRC Report: Leveraging Knowledge for 21st Century Teaching and Learning
On October 08, 2016 By J Sparling

A message to all postdocs from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dear SSHRC Stakeholders, I am delighted to provide you with a link to SSHRC’s summary report Leveraging knowledge for 21st century teaching and learning, which is available in HTML or PDF format on the Imagining Canada’s Future web pages. The new report showcases insights on the future …

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Welcome to CAPS/ACSP’s new website!
On July 03, 2016 By J Sparling

As the Chair of CAPS/ACSP for 2016-2017, it is my pleasure to unveil our new and improved website! My sincere thanks to the many members of the CAPS/ACSP Executive Teams from 2014-2016 who contributed to the design and content of this site, and especially Dr. Monica Sesma-Vazquez, whose dedication to this task was central to its successful completion.

CRA Employment Status Rulings: Important information for all postdocs working in Canada
On June 17, 2016 By J Sparling

As a member of the Executive Board of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars / Association Canadienne des Stagiaires Postdoctoraux (CAPS/ACSP), I regularly respond to emails from postdocs working all over Canada, who contact our organization for assistance and advice. Far too often those emails are from postdocs who are pregnant (or their friends or colleagues), who contact us seeking information about sources of funds for support during maternity leave. I am sure that many of you know postdocs working in Canada who have faced these or similar challenges related

Organizations of interest
On April 26, 2016 By J Sparling

National: The International Consortium of Research Staff Associations (ICoRSA) – an international organization that provides a global voice for research staff and postdoctoral scholars with respect to international research policy. Future of Research (FOR) – A US-based organization focused on creating a public discourse about the major issues affecting the future of biomedical research, including …

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Educational Resources
On April 07, 2016 By J Sparling

HHMI Educational Resources   National Academies Press (US) – access to >6,000 publications (free to download as pdf’s) on a wide range of topics in science, engineering and medicine, including health policy.   To suggest links for inclusion in this list please email: communications@caps-acsp.ca

Articles of Interest
On April 07, 2016 By J Sparling

Canadian Content Restoring Canada’s Competitiveness in Fundamental Research: The View from the Bench – Global Young Academy (2017) – Report based on a survey of 1,300 Canadian researchers regarding how the decline in funding for fundamental research between 2005 and 2015 changed the course of researchers’ careers and their contributions to Canada University Affairs – …

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