I feel honoured and privileged to have participated in the inaugural Science Meets Parliament event these past two days. 29 scientists in a broad range of fields around the country came to Parliament Hill to get to know MPs and Senators. Thank you to all the parliamentarians for their support of science and for being such gracious hosts!

After meeting the parliamentarians, I’ve certainly got a much better understanding of their jobs and how much hard work they put in, day in and day out, to serve the public. Their schedules are jam packed with meetings, committee work, votes, phone calls, media availability, etc etc. I’m very impressed with MPs’ and Senators’ mental agility, to switch gears between different topics from one thing to the next every half hour, every day on the job!

I’m hopeful this will kickstart ongoing dialogs between scientists and policymakers. Thank you to the organizers for putting together such a successful event and to my fellow scientists for their enthusiastic participation. You can find all tweets related to this fantastic event by searching the hashtag #SciParl2018!