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Register for the 2017 CAPS/ACSP Annual General Meeting!
On October 29, 2017 By J Sparling

For more information or to register for the CAPS/ACSP 2017 Annual General Meeting simply follow this link.

New Report on Postdoctoral Policy in Canada Calls for Action
On October 17, 2017 By J Sparling

CAPS/ACSP is proud to share this report, written by one of the At-Large Members of our Executive, Dr. Peter Clark. The report provides a wealth of information about postdoctoral policy at the federal, provincial, institutional and funding body levels and focuses on the effect of those policies in terms of labour conditions, statutory benefits, and …

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Happy National Postdoc Appreciation Week!
On September 19, 2017 By J Sparling

                    In recognition of the National Postdoc Appreciation Week, and to acknowledge the universities, institutes/departments, PDAs, and other organizations celebrating the contributions of their postdocs this week, CAPS/ACSP presents the following list of NPAW 2017 events in Canada. To include your event(s) on this list, please …

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Alberta Postdocs Gain Employee Status and Collective Bargaining Rights
On August 02, 2017 By J Sparling

Based on input from the Postdoctoral Associations of Alberta, including the Postdoctoral Association of the University of Calgary (PDAC), the University of Alberta Postdoctoral Fellow Association, and the University of Lethbridge Postdoctoral Fellows Association (ULPA), the Alberta Government included some major changes in postdoctoral policy in recent provincial legislation. On the afternoon of May 4th, …

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CAPS/ACSP Brief Survey: National Group Health/Dental Insurance for Postdocs
On July 05, 2017 By J Sparling

Based on benefits data from the CAPS/ACSP’s 2016 National Postdoc Survey, we estimate that of the nearly 10,000 postdocs currently working in Canada: ~4,000 postdocs have no drug plan, dental benefits, family coverage, extended health benefits, or vision coverage ~5,000 postdocs have no long-term disability or life insurance coverage This type of support is essential …

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Introducing the 2017-2018 CAPS/ACSP Executive Council
On July 05, 2017 By J Sparling

Dear Postdocs, Belated Happy Canada Day!! Thanks to all of you who voted in the 2017-2018 CAPS/ACSP Executive Council Election! The results are in and the elected positions on the 2017-2018 Executive Council will be as follows: Chair Dr. Joseph S. Sparling (University of Calgary)   Past Chair Dr. Mohamad Nadim Adi (Bitcash Inc. / …

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Canada’s Fundamental Science Review: How you can help to #SupportTheReport
On June 18, 2017 By J Sparling

Release of the Naylor Report The Advisory Panel for Canada’s Fundamental Science Review headed by Dr. David Naylor officially submitted its final report to the Government of Canada on April 10th, 2017. The report entitled INVESTING IN CANADA’S FUTURE: Strengthening the Foundations of Canadian Research (aka: the Naylor Report) provides a comprehensive list of evidence-based …

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CAPS/ACSP Submission to the Advisory Panel for Canada’s Fundamental Science Review
On June 18, 2017 By J Sparling

In the fall of 2016 the CAPS/ACSP Executive Council submitted a report to the Science Secretariat in response to a request for input from the Chair of the Advisory Panel for Canada’s Fundamental Science Review, Dr. David Naylor. This was one of many reports submitted during the Advisory Panel’s consultation process, but unlike most groups, …

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Mitacs Elevate accepting applications until July 5, 2017
On May 18, 2017 By J Sparling

Mitacs Elevate is now accepting applications for two-year postdoctoral funding: $55,000 annual award (plus $7,500 per year non-cash value in training) Exclusive, customized professional development training Long-term collaborative research project with a non-academic partner Deadlines: Letter of intent and Conflict of Interest declaration: June 7, 2017, at 5 p.m. PDT Letters of intent are not …

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Changes to CAPS/ACSP Membership and Email Lists
On March 25, 2017 By J Sparling

CAPS/ACSP has revised our membership structure and email list access to accommodate: – Current postdocs (Active Members) – Former postdocs (Alumni Members) – All other interested parties (Adjunct Members) We also added Affiliation forms so groups/organizations (e.g., PDAs, PDOs, etc.) can now register as CAPS/ACSP-Affiliates for the purposes of recognition and information sharing. All current …

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