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Congress 2014 Highlights
Congress 2015: "Capital Ideas" - Save the date
Fall 2014 Big Thinking Speakers announced
Federation initiates strategic planning consultations
Federation's 2015 pre-budget submission
Draft policy consultation for ASPP and Open Access ends in September
11th annual Conference of the ISSOTL in Quebec City
Antonia Maioni in International Innovation
Federation blog highlights innovative SSH research
Congress 2014 Highlights

The Federation is proud to have brought you our 83rd Congress, the largest multidisciplinary academic gathering in Canada-indeed, one of the largest such gatherings in the world. Congress 2014 took place in an outstanding setting at the beautiful Brock University campus in St. Catharines, Ontario in the heart of the Niagara region. It will be remembered for its interdisciplinarity, the 75 scholarly association meetings that took place and the 5,000+ papers presented.


Go to the Congress 2014 highlights flyer.


Congress 2015: "Capital Ideas" - Save the date

Planning is well underway for Congress 2015, which will take place at the University of Ottawa from May 30 to June 5, 2015. 


Registration will open in January 2015.


The website has been launched, and association material is being posted in real time as programming is decided and announced.


"Capital Ideas", the theme for Congress 2015, will invite us to reflect on the power of ideas: ideas captivate our hearts and minds; ideas connect people and ignite discussions and debates; ideas create knowledge and spark discoveries. Ideas represent an invaluable currency capable of changing our lives and our world. Congress 2015 will be an exciting intellectual hub where ideas will be expressed, shared and implemented!
Fall 2014 Big Thinking Speakers announced

The Federation is excited to announce three fall 2014 speakers for Big Thinking on the Hill:


Registration has already opened for Why Don't We Get Along? by University of Saskatchewan professor Jim Miller on September 18, 2014. Professor Miller will examine the evolution of Native-newcomer interaction in Canada, paying particular attention to economic relations, treaty-making and the role of the Indian Act. He will also offer hopeful insight for future relations.


Read more about Jim Miller's lecture and register here.


Our fall 2014 Big Thinking calendar also includes:


October 9, 2014

Bringing Québec Back In

Guy Laforest

Professor in the Department of Political Science, Université Laval

Please note that this lecture will be in French.


October 30, 2014

The Impact of "Big Data": What to expect?

Bartha Knoppers

Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Human Genetics, McGill University; Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine


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Federation initiates strategic planning consultations

The Federation has initiated a strategic planning process that is taking place over the next year. We are reaching out to Federation members, key partners and other interested parties to solicit their input. We want to build on the successes of our current strategic framework while strengthening our ability to allocate resources to key activities. Our goal is to develop a strategic plan that benefits from a high degree of buy-in from all parties and will be implemented with energy and focus.


Learn more about strategic planning consultations and give your feedback by Monday, September 22, 2014. 


Federation's 2015 pre-budget submission

The Federation has prepared a 2015 pre-budget submission. Our recommendations this year include the following:

  • Investment in research by increasing funding to the granting councils and the Canada Foundation for Innovation
  • Creating opportunities for Canadian post-secondary students through awards for international study and internships
  • Expanding social innovation through increased funding for social innovation in universities
  • Improving access to post-secondary education for First Nations, Métis and Inuit by expanding funding to scholarship and bursary programs

Read the full pre-budget submission or the Federation's blog on this topic.


Draft policy consultation for ASPP and Open Access ends in September

Consultation on the Federation's draft policy for the Awards for Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) and Open Access is open until September 18, 2014. The Federation's draft policy for the ASPP is: The ASPP will actively support Open Access publishing of ASPP-funded books.


The consultation aims to collect feedback from the Federation's community, including scholars, authors, publishers and editors. This feedback will be part of the final development of the policy, which will be released and implemented in 2015.


11th annual Conference of the ISSOTL in Quebec City

The Federation will be supporting a panel at the 11th annual Conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), taking place in Quebec City on October 22-25, 2014. The conference, hosted by Université Laval, will be held at the Québec City Convention Centre.


At this major, international conference, approximately 600 scholars of teaching and learning from around the world will gather to expose their inquiries, perspectives and research outcomes on issues related to the nurturing of creativity and passion in higher education.


Go to the 11th annual ISSOTL Conference website.

Antonia Maioni in International Innovation

In an enlightening interview Federation president, Antonia Maioni, outlines to International Innovation how the humanities and social sciences contribute to a better understanding of today's greatest challenges. Here is a brief quote, in Maioni's words, from the article:


"One must never overlook the crucial contribution of the humanities and social sciences, and even the arts in any endeavour in the natural sciences. As Canada transitions from an industrial to a knowledge-based society, success lies in cross-disciplinarity, creative approaches to complex and rapidly-evolving challenges in areas such as climate change, energy policy, ageing and a shared prosperous future with our Aboriginal peoples. Now, more than ever, we need to bring together content, context and technology in forging new dynamic pathways and cultures of entrepreneurship and innovation."


Go to the full article in International Innovation.


Federation blog highlights innovative SSH research

The Federation is proud to highlight the exciting work and achievements of students, researchers and scholars in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) through our blog. Recent stories have included:

The Federation welcomes guest blog contributions from members who have an exciting story to share about their SSH work. By staying informed, we can better advocate for the immense value of the SSH in Canada. Our blog policy can be found here  and all ideas for contributions can be sent at



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Off the Shelf

This section features past activities and initiatives that warrant another mention. 


As we gear up for another season of Big Thinking lectures, we take a moment to revisit some of the most memorable lectures from the past. Last fall, Richard Hawkins, Professor at the University of Calgary and Fellow of the Institute for Science Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa, spoke about innovation policy in Canada. Watch the lecture here.