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Early bird gets the worm at Congress

Early bird registration for Congress is ongoing until March 31 - register now! You can also save up to $120 a night from regular hotel rates by booking early and taking advantage of special Congress rates. Hotels are filling up fast and some are near capacity, so make your booking soon!

International programming highlights at Congress

The global community is interconnected in many ways and Congress programming reflects this reality. For example, this year the Federation invites Congress attendees to learn about social sciences advocacy in Canada, the US and the UK (in partnership with SAGE) or find out what temporary foreign workers mean for the Canadian labour force (in partnership with On the Move Partnership and CBC Ideas). 

Federation announces results of Board elections

Open positions have been filled on the Federation's Board of Directors following elections. The Federation is also pleased to welcome its new President, Stephen Toope, assuming office in March 2015. Antonia Maioni will hold the position of Past-President until March 2016. Access the full list of election winners and appointments here.

Preparing for extreme weather - upcoming Bacon & Big Thinking, March 26

Hear perspectives from the social and physical sciences on how government and communities can better plan for impacts on people, communities and the economy at this Bacon & Big Thinking discussion on Parliament Hill by Professors Ronald Steward, Department of Environment and Geography, University of Manitoba, and Daniel Scott, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo. Read more about and register for this event, jointly organized by the Federation and the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering and sponsored by Engineers Canada.

Federation welcomes appointment of Ted Hewitt as President of SSHRC

Responding to the February 12 announcement, President Antonia Maioni stated in a Federation media release that Dr. Hewitt "brings a deep-seated understanding and appreciation for how research and learning in the humanities and social sciences can positively benefit the social, political and economic landscape of Canada." Dr. Hewitt's appointment was effective March 1. 

Federation welcomes Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications

Announced February 27, the policy introduces a new requirement for peer-reviewed journal articles resulting from Tri-Agency-funded research to be made Open Access within one year of their publication. The Federation was pleased to participate in the consultation for this policy, and will track its implementations to identify challenges and opportunities for journals in the humanities and social sciences. Read the Federation's media release here.

Big Thinking on the road at Ontario and Canada Research Chairs Symposium in Toronto, April 1

The Federation has teamed up with the Council of Ontario Universities to bring a Big Thinking panel event to the two-day Ontario and Canada Research Chairs Symposium, on April 1 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Three researchers will discuss how game-changing Ontario discoveries have impacted Canada and the global community: Michael Geist, Ron Deibert and Gerald McMaster. Click here to read more and register (free).  

Federation blog celebrates World Day of Social Justice and International Women's Day

The Federation's Equity Matters blog series seeks to highlight equity issues from diverse perspectives. Recently, we have invited Julia Sánchez, President-CEO of CCIC, and Nathalie Des Rosiers, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa to share their perspectives on two internationally-recognized events: World Day of Social Justice (February 20) and International Women's Day (March 8). Read their blog contributions here.

National Humanities Alliance Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., March 16-17

Participants will connect with humanities leaders from around the country, communicate the value of the humanities to Members of Congress, explore national humanities policy and become year-round advocates for the humanities. Click here for more information on the event and program.

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