UBC fully endorses the recommendations made by the Fundamental Science Review and we encourage the UBC community to continue to tell Canadians why research and the Review’s recommendations are so important to Canada.
Read UBC president Santa Ono's statement on the release of the report and the joint opinion piece, Ottawa must improve research funding – or risk losing the innovation race.
The final report was published in April, 2017.
The review was led by an independent panel of distinguished research leaders and innovators including Dr. David Naylor, former president of the University of Toronto and chair of the panel. Other panelists included:
- Dr. Robert Birgeneau, former chancellor, University of California, Berkeley
- Dr. Martha Crago, Vice-President, Research, Dalhousie University
- Mike Lazaridis, co-founder, Quantum Valley Investments
- Dr. Claudia Malacrida, Associate Vice-President, Research, University of Lethbridge
- Dr. Art McDonald, former director of the Sudbury Neutrino Laboratory, Nobel Laureate
- Dr. Martha Piper, interim president, University of British Columbia
- Dr. Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist, Quebec
- Dr. Anne Wilson, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Successful Societies Fellow and professor of psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University
In forming an institutional response to the Fundamental Science Review and the innovation Agenda, UBC consultation with faculty, staff and students took the form of four roundtable meetings. At these meetings, input was received on the issues relevant to the mandates of the two federal initiatives.
- Structure of granting councils and peer review
- Balance between elements funded
- Big science
- Internationalization of research
- Develop, recruit, and retain talent
- Clusters for innovation
The roundtable meetings were held on:
- Tuesday, August 30, 1–3 pm, UBC Vancouver Campus
- Thursday, September 1, 1–3 pm, UBC Okanagan
- Tuesday, September 6, 1–3 pm, UBC Vancouver Campus
- Wednesday, September 7, 2–4 pm, Blusson Lecture Hall, ICORD
We recently invited a number of our researchers to talk about their research and why the recommendations of the report matter to them.
If you are a UBC researcher and would like to produce a similar video, please let us know.
Social media discussions around the report have mobilized largely around the hashtag #supportthereport.
The Association of Canadian Early Career Health Researchers: Guide for faculty wishing to engage further with MPs.
Canadian Association of University Teachers advocacy: “Get Science Right”
Science and Policy Exchange: #Students4theReport campaign
UBC Postdoctoral Association: Overview of the report's relevance to postdocs and how to take action in support
Universities Canada have created a webpage showcasing their call for action on the report, including the publication Improving lives and building a stronger Canada through research.
On June 21,2017 UBC welcomed Dr. Martha Crago, Vice President, Research at Dalhousie University and member of the Federal Science Review Panel, to UBC for a town hall to discuss the recent report of Canada's Fundamental Science Review.
The town hall attracted over 250 participants in-person at the Life Sciences Institute and via webcast. Colleagues at universities across BC were invited to participate.