Canadian science has always “punched above its weight” – accomplished more excellent science with fewer resources than many other countries due largely to a combination of excellent people, excellent infrastructure, and an attitude that reflects the fun and excitement of science.

But science has come under attack, not only in Canada but elsewhere around the world. Science has become not simply secondary to policy, but irrelevant to it. Prejudice fights against facts. And vested interests distort science for short term financial gain while risking long term consequences.

Our goal is to help counter these trends by showcasing the excellence of Canadian science, while helping expose those who would distort the science and damage the scientific ecosystem.

SpeakingUpForScience.ca is written and maintained by practicing scientists with a passion for science and pride in Canada’s contributions to it. We know science and we want to share it.

After all, why should scientists have all the fun?


For scholarship - if it is to be scholarship - requires, in addition to liberty, that the truth take precedence over all sectarian interests, including self-interest.

— John Charles Polanyi, University of Toronto Professor, Winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry