Science Leadership Program 2017

About the Science Leadership Program

April 19-21, 2017 

The Science Leadership Program (SLP) is “an amazing and transformational” 2+ day workshop designed to give faculty members the tools they need to be better communicators and more effective leaders, both on and off the University campus.

Joined by colleagues from the University of Toronto (U of T) and other Canadian universities, faculty members are invited to participate in a series of hands-on training sessions on communications, outreach, and leadership in research. Internationally renowned experts in science communication and science leadership will deliver a series of sessions and panel discussions.

The workshop will begin with a reception at 4:30 pm on April 19th, 2017, and will end with a group dinner on April 21st, 2017.

Application and Selection

Applications for April 2017 are now open! Click here to apply!

Normally 11 participants from U of T and about 8 more from other research-intensive Canadian universities are selected.

Selection criteria include:

  • excellence in scientific/engineering/medical research and teaching;
  • passion and capacity to exercise leadership and enthusiasm for communicating science;
  • interest, willingness and appropriate professional position to engage with stakeholders; and,
  • commitment to participate fully in the training program and follow-up activities.

Given the intensity and the nature of the training, participants are expected to commit to the full three evenings and two days of the program.

Over the course of the following year, the SLP Fellows (including participants of the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 programs) are encouraged to put into practice what they learn at the SLP to further their vision for broad engagement through outreach initiatives, community partnerships, mentoring programs or writing/speaking to the public. They are also invited to attend a gathering to share their experiences and best practices with the other Fellows.

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Congratulations to the April 2016 Science Leadership Program Fellows

The 2016 Science Leadership Program brought science leaders from around the country to engage in an intensive two-and-a-half day set of exercises, panels, games and learning activities designed to hone their communication and leadership skills.

The program began with a reception on the evening of Wednesday, April 13th and ended with a group dinner on Friday, April 15th. In between, there were a series of hands-on training sessions on communications, outreach and leadership, discussion panels and opportunities for interaction. Experienced trainers and prominent practitioners lead the sessions and participated in the panels. Participants were inspired by:

  • Opening remarks by Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost, U of T
  • Nancy Houfek, formerly head of voice & speech at the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University, whose session entitled The Performance Art of Science Presentation provided creative instruction on effective communication and presentation skills.
  • Peter Redstone and Dr. Martin Bloxham of The Barefoot Thinking Company, a world leader in delivering leadership programs for scientists and researchers, focused on three key leadership areas:
    • How to influence others
    • The power of giving and receiving constructive feedback and
    • How to plan for critical strategic communications issues.
  • Panel discussions with leading communicators on effective communication moderated by Jim Handman, Executive Producer, Quirks & Quarks
  • Primer on science communication with Penny Park, Executive Director, Science Media Centre of Canada