Vancouver 2017

FoR Vancouver

You can see more details at FoR Vancouver here.

Who are we?

FoR Vancouver represent early-career researchers from across Vancouver and British Columbia, from SFU to UBC to UVic. 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.


These are internationally vital issues. We stand with Future of Research, and Future of Research Canada, to help change the face of science.


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!


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

  • Keynote address: Prof. Santa Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of British Columbia
  • Keynote address: Dr. Terry Thomas, Chief Scientific Officer, STEMCELL Technologies
  • Panelist: Dr. Liisa Galea, University of British Columbia
  • Panelist: Dr. Lara Boyd, University of British Columbia
  • Panelist: Dr. Eric Hsu, Istuary Innovation Group
  • Panelist: Dr. Marcia MacDonald, Genome British Columbia

Find out more about our speakers here


Preliminary Schedule:

February 20th, 2017

1:00 – 1:30 – Registration

1:30 – 2:30 – Keynotes

2:30 – 3:30 – Interactive Panel Discussion

3:30 – 4:00 – Coffee break

4:00 – 5:00 – 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


Get involved!

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


Twitter: @FOR_Van


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