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Agents of Change
in a New Era

STAN 2023 • Virtual Conference • February 14-16, 2023

Join us in February 2023 for three days of

professional development and networking opportunities.

This year’s STAN Conference theme, Agents of Change in a New Era, will be an opportunity to consider how our industry and work has evolved over the past few years. It will highlight the shifts we have experienced in our practices to reflect on how these changes affect the way we work and how we can embrace the change to build new ways forward. We will focus on breaking down barriers, new ways of thinking, and how to support youth and our future work. 


We invite you to join us at the 2023 Science & Technology Awareness Network (STAN) Annual Conference, which will be held primarily virtually. We hope to welcome over 150 delegates from across the country. The three-day Conference will include a mix of invited and member-proposed sessions, engaging and interactive sessions, panels, and keynote speakers. Opportunities to network with your Canadian peers will be offered throughout the program. STAN’s Annual General Meeting will be built into the proceedings.

Program Information

*Schedule displayed in Eastern Time

February 14, 2023

10:30-11:00: Welcome and Land Acknowledgement : Meet Your Fellow STAN Members


11:00-12:00: Building Confidence in Youth through STEM


                     Followed by open networking

13:00-13:30: Annual General Meeting


13:30-15:00: BIPOC in STEM spaces - How do we build a more inclusive space for us?


15:00-15:45: KEYNOTE: The critical role of science literacy and effective communication in our “Anthropocene” world, John P. Smol, OC, PhD,                            FRSC, FRS

                     President, Academy of Science, Royal Society of Canada

February 15, 2023

10:30-11:00: Check-in | Coffee & Open Chat

11:00-12:15: New Opportunities from New Tech


                     Followed by open networking

13:00-14:00  Decentering Dominant Narratives and Practices in Science Education: A reflective and collaborative journey

                     Simon Fraser University

14:00-14:45  Networking with Peers

February 16, 2023

10:30-11:00: Check-in | Coffee & Open Chat

11:00-12:15: Paddling together: Open conversation about the spectrum of science communication as a series of streams

                     Fuse Consulting

                     Followed by open networking

13:00-14:15: Aligning Indigenous Voices and STEM


                     Followed by open networking

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Call for Proposals - Closed

Submission Deadline Extended: October 28, 2022
Conference to be held on February 14-16, 2023


STAN's mission is to connect members so they have a shared platform for sharing their stories, trouble-shoot issues collectively, discuss best practices to enrich the national STEM culture. With your experience and expertise, we can jointly develop a unique conference experience. 


In order to support the growth and development of both attendees and the field at large, STAN encourages the development of session proposals that keep science literacy at heart. We are hoping to create a vision of the future of Canadian STEM. 

Please download the document below for all details.

Submit a document with the following information, by email to before end-of-day October 28, 2022 with subject line "Conference Proposal 2023"

Sponsorship Packages

Would you like to support the STAN conference, or promote your organization, project, or business? Consider becoming a sponsor. View and download the tiered options below. Contact us if you have any questions.

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