The first FoR meeting in 2017 will be in Vancouver on February 20th, 2017.


Information about the meeting is continually being updated here at our FoR Vancouver 2017 page.



FoR Vancouver represent early-career researchers from across Vancouver and British Columbia, from Simon Fraser University to the University of British Columbia to the University of Victoria. Current job structures in science, and opportunities for funding, training, and support make careers in research unpredictable and insecure for many of Canada’s most passionate young scientists. However, a more sustainable career environment could secure world-leading science in Canada and BC, which will be vital to deal with health, environmental, agricultural, and economic challenges to come.


The Future of Research Vancouver Symposium 2017

On February 20th, 2017, we will be holding the first FoR Vancouver symposium, bringing together early-career researchers from across BC to discuss challenges facing the future of Canadian science, including:

1) Funding for early career researchers

2) Training and transparency of career outcomes of early career researchers

3) Increased connectivity – how to promote and strengthen conversations about research and infrastructure between research institutions and provinces

4) The structure of the scientific workforce


We are proud to announce our speakers and panellists for FoRVan 2017!

  • Keynote address: Hon. Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Advanced Education
  • Dr. Liisa Galea, neuroscientist and science policy advocate
  • Dr Laya Boyd, neuroscientists, Canada Research Chair and CIHR delegate

Other panellists will include representatives from local industry and not-for-profit groups; to be announced!


Preliminary Schedule:

February 20th, 2017

2:00 – 2:30 – Registration

2:30 – 3:15 – Keynote

3:20 – 4:30 – Interactive Panel Discussion

4:30 – 4:45 – Coffee break 

4:45 – 5:30 – Breakout sessions:

  1. How can trainees be better prepared for careers in science in 2017?
  2. How should the supply of postdocs and graduate students be matched to demand to create sustainable, secure career pathways for young researchers?
  3. How can the funding of science research in Canada be structured to balance and promote basic research, knowledge translation, and training the next generation of scientists?
  4. How can the current system of incentives be fixed so that scientists and institutions are rewarded for the behaviours that are believed to support good science?

5:30 – 6:00 – Wrap-up remarks

6:00 – 8:00 – Reception


Want to get involved?

Questions? Comments? Want to join the FoR Vancouver team?


Twitter: @FOR_Van


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