The Federation publishes recommendations on new Chief Knowledge and Research Advisor
March 2016
Early bird gets the worm at Congress 2016
Only three weeks left to take advantage of early bird rates if you register by March 31! Hotels are also filling up fast and some of them are sold out: book now before it's too late. On the programming front, exciting news include the Career Corner workshops and an upcoming series of events on Reconciliation. Check our the online calendar of events!
Federation news & events
Big Thinking on assisted death in Canada
With Canadian lawmakers crafting new legislation on physician-assisted dying, the Federation was pleased to unveil its first Big Thinking event of 2016, featuring a leading scholar on the law and ethics of assisted dying, Jocelyn Downie. See the video and op-ed.
Big Thinking on electoral reform - March 22
André Blais will address Parliamentarians regarding a fundamental issue in our democracy, answering the question What would proportional representation change? at the next Big Thinking on the Hill on March 22.
Finalists for Canada Prizes announced
The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences has announced the 16 finalists for the 2016 Canada Prizes. "The Federation congratulates these finalists and is honoured to play a role in raising their profile to the Canadian public," says Stephen Toope.
Recommendations on new research advisor
The federal government has committed to the creation of a Chief Science Officer and The Federation has submitted recommendations on how this position should be designed, including arguing it should be created as a "Chief Research and Knowledge Advisor" to emphasize that research and evidence from all disciplines are necessary to inform public policy.
Bookmark It! 

Each month our new Bookmark it! blog series profiles books that are significant to Canadian culture, society and research. The ASPP-funded book Replacing Misandry: A Revolutionary History of Men challenges conventional notions about men and women. Read about it in our blog post.
2015 Canada Prizes finalist wins prize
ASPP-funded Canada Prizes finalist author Ron Williams has won the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize from the Foundation of Landscape Studies for his book Landscape Architecture in Canada, published by McGill-Queen's University Press. Congratulations!
Federation supports OA

We're pleased to see the results from our collaboration with Canadian Knowledge Research Network (CRKN) to facilitate Canadian library participation in the Knowledge Unlatched project, aimed at finding a new model to support open access publishing for monographs. 11 CRKN members have received grants to participate.

Member news
Members, this is your spot!

All members of the Federation are invited to submit ideas for special news stories or events to feature in the Member news section of the Communiqué by contacting Eveline Callupe, Member Relations Officer. We look forward to receiving and sharing your latest news.
The 2016 CHA Prize Ceremony
Every year, the Canadian Historical Association hosts a prize ceremony during Congress. This year's event will take place on Tuesday, May 31 at the University of Calgary. The awards recognize the best history books, articles and theses. More information here.
Highlights from the SSH community

International Policy Ideas Challenge
Global Affairs Canada announced the inaugural International Policy Ideas Challenge, designed to identify concrete innovative solutions to emerging international policy challenges by drawing on the network of talented graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in Canada. Application deadline: March 31, 2016

New Indigenous Art Awards Announced
Hnatyshyn Foundation announced the REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards program offering $1.5 million to Indigenous artists in 2017, with 150 awards of $10K each intended to honour Indigenous Canadian artists working in six artistic categories. Application acceptance began March 1.

New white paper on sustainable publishing
The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) issues a new white paper, Canadian Universities and Sustainable Publishing, by Martha Whitehead and Brian Owen on the scholarly communications landscape in Canada being on the cusp of transformative change.
Upcoming events
See more events in our Calendar of Events.
Ideas can....put you to the test!

The Federation History Quiz is in full swing! We've posted a new question this month so you can test your knowledge of the Federation's history and enter to win one of several prizes. 

Good luck! 

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