Mission & Mandate

Canada’s Science and Technology Awareness Network (STAN) enhances the profile and influence of the science and technology education and public awareness sector. STAN is a member driven organization comprising of public and private sector institutions, including government ministries, school boards, corporations, museums, science centres and individuals. The Science and Technology Awareness Network exists to strengthen science and technology culture across Canada. STAN serves as a catalyst for like-minded individuals, institutions, and government agencies to facilitate communication and collaboration, and to focus the power of their collective capacity on increasing Canada’s global competitiveness in the knowledge economy.

STAN has a number of basic goals:

  • Raise the profile of the sector, its members and activities

  • Provide a common voice before governments and industry

  • Promote public awareness of the importance of science and technology

  • Provide a forum for network members to communicate, collaborate, and partner

  • Develop common standards of measurement for the sector

Additionally, STAN has set out the following objectives:

  • Host a national conference to increase collaboration and networking among members

  • Broaden geographical representation by increasing national membership

  • Increase the funding available to support the sector and its activities