CAN 2024 Advocacy lunch

Monday, May 20 – noon to 1:30PM

Taking advocacy to new heights using the power of storytelling

We invite you to participate in the 2024 CAN advocacy lunch session, which will take place at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver on May 20th from noon to 1:30PM, as part of the 2024 Annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience https://can-acn.org/meeting-2024/.

The 2024 CAN advocacy lunch session will focus on the power of storytelling to strengthen our advocacy message. Scientists are experts in communicating science with their colleagues, but communicating to the public and decision makers in engaging and enlightening ways is a skill they must also develop. Stories are a powerful tool to engage the public, combat misinformation and increase research funding.

We are putting together a roster of diverse panelists with a broad range of expertise to help our members understand the elements to good storytelling and why it is so important.

The Canadian Association for Neuroscience advocates for better support for science in Canada and for increases in the budget of the three federal funding agencies, CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC. We have advocated through many avenues, including in-person and virtual days on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, letter writing campaigns, participation in government consultations, drafted Op-Ed contributions for newspapers and have invited our members to get involved in advocacy also on many occasions.

In this session we will learn how effective storytelling can bring us advocacy to new heights.

Registration required – Details to be communicated soon.