May 2019

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Government of Canada funds next generation of researchers
On May 13, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, minister of Science and Sport, announced the recipients of the first competition of the New Frontiers in Research Fund. Through the Exploration stream, a total of $38 million over the next two years will be awarded to 157 early career researchers from across the country. This funding will allow the researchers to conduct high-risk, high-reward, interdisciplinary research.

The announcement featured Anishinabekwe researcher Celeste Pedri-Spade, from Laurentian University. Her project aims to repatriate 200 Indigenous paintings and photographs by students of Indian day schools in the 1960s and 1970s to the creators or their descendants now residing in Anishinabe and Algonquin communities in northeastern Ontario.

The latest from SSHRC and its partners
Meet the new Canada Excellence Research Chairs

A total of eight world-renowned researchers have been named as the latest Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERCs). These researchers and their teams will be supported over seven years to conduct cutting-edge research at Canadian university campuses. This includes Anna Triandafyllidou, who is joining Ryerson University as the CERC in Migration and Integration. She is the first woman to be awarded a CERC in the social sciences and humanities.

Take part in an unconventional convention this June

The Worldviews conference will take place June 12 to 14, 2019, in Toronto. This annual gathering draws together a diverse and international group of thinkers, including academics, students, communications professionals and more. This year's discussion will focus on media and education higher education----- more specifically, the concept of expertise in a post-truth world and the voices amplified by emerging technologies. Ursula Gobel, SSHRC's associate vice-president, Future Challenges, will speak about how to promote media literacy and critical thinking.

Learn more about the conference.

Government of Canada makes bold moves to increase equity, diversity and inclusion in research

On May 9, Minister Duncan launched a new pilot program, charter and grants for increasing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in research. The program, Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada, and accompanying charter were inspired by the United Kingdom's internationally recognized Athena SWAN program. As well the EDI Institutional Capacity-Building Grants will help institutions advance EDI policies, plans and training. The first round of grants was awarded to 15 institutions across Canada.

Read the news release to learn more.

Don't miss it! SSHRC at Acfas 2019

The 87th congress of the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) will take place May 27 to 31, 2019, at the Université du Québec en Outaouais in Gatineau. This year's theme is "Engager le dialogue savoirs-sociétés." More than 5,000 participants are expected to attend the most important gathering of multidisciplinary francophone researchers. SSHRC President Ted Hewitt and Vice-President, Research, Dominique Bérubé, will participate in several panel discussions.

Learn more about the conference.

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Funding tip of the month: Become a reviewer

SSHRC research grants and fellowships are awarded through merit review. SSHRC is constantly seeking reviewers who represent the diversity in the social sciences and humanities research community. Reviewers may be from Canada or abroad; they may come from postsecondary institutions or organizations across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Consider making a lasting contribution to Canada's research enterprise by getting involved in the merit review process.
Featured stories, research profiles and events
What machine-made decisions mean for our society
Can a computer enter into a contract? That's one of the questions that got Ian Kerr, Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology, excited about human-robot interaction and its implications for society. Much of Kerr's work is geared towards shaping policies and laws governing artificial intelligence.    
Realistic Learning in the Digital Age
Students are clearly motivated to learn when activities reflect what occurs in the real world. That's why Susanne Lajoie, Canada Research Chair in Advanced Learning Technologies in Authentic Settings, designs realistic digital environments to help students learn.

Who will be this year's Final Five Storytellers? 

You've seen their videos; now see them in person: 25 young researchers will compete in SSHRC's national Storytellers contest.

Join us on June 3 at The University of British Columbia when we select the winners at this year's Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
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