May 2019
Congress starts next Saturday!
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Did you register yet? It's not too late! Have you checked out your association's program? Or this year's arts-focused Big Thinking, the hundreds of events open to all, and The amazing programming The University of British Columbia has in store for us? If you will be presenting at Congress, congratulations! We have some information  to help you prepare and a whole series of blogs for you to read. We look forward to welcoming you all in Vancouver from June 1 to 7.
Congress is family friendly   
UBC is introducing the "Living Room," a beautiful lounge space with couches and kitchen facilities for families and companions to use as a meeting, play, and rest space all day, every day from 8:00 to 18:00.  Download the  UBC Family Programming brochure  to learn more. 
Welcome, Patrizia Albanese!  
This month, the Federation welcomes Patrizia Albanese as President and thanks Guy Laforest as he moves into the role of Past President. The 2019 Board elections took place at the Federation's first-ever virtual Annual Meeting, which also saw the election of four new Board members. Welcome Joel Faflak , Treasurer, Yolande Chan , Director, Institutions, Deanna Reder , Director, Associations, &  Annie Pilote , Director, Research Dissemination! 
SmartICE wins 2019 Governor General's Innovation Award
Dr. Trevor Bell's team, from Memorial University, was nominated by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences for a Governor General's Innovation Award and is a 2019 winner! SmartICE is a social enterprise that empowers Inuit communities to adapt to unpredictable ice conditions. Team members will travel to Ottawa on May 29 to receive their award in person. Congratulations to all of you on your big win!
Meet the 2019 Canada Prizes 
Head over to the Federation blog  to read about what the authors have to say about their prize-winning books. The Creator's Game by Allan Downey and Le piège de la liberté by Denys Delâge and Jean-Philippe Warren. If you're at Congress, the winner celebrations will take place on June 2 and June 4 at UBC -  see celebration times here
Storytellers: the 2019 edition   
Who will this year's winners be? On June 3 at 9:00 am in the AMS Nest - NEST 2301 at Congress at The University of British Columbia, come see the Top 25 Storytellers finalists compete on stage as they share the real-world impacts of SSHRC-funded research.

Members' Corner 
A vision for the future of  Canada's largest academic gathering
The Federation is pleased to release the report it received from a working group tasked with evaluating strategic directions, emerging risks and opportunities pertaining to our community's flagship event: the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The report is not an end-point but rather an invitation to keep the conversation going! So, why not have your say! Take stock of the report's 28 recommendations and share your feedback with the Federation, anytime, by writing:
Calling young science enthusiasts
The Canadian Science Policy Centre announces that the 5th competition of the Youth Science Policy Award of Excellence competition is now open. Creative ideas for policies or programs must be submitted by Friday, August 30.

Call for papers: On Public History
The National Council on Public History is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and planning on capping the party off with its 2020 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Interested in joining in on the fun? Consider submitting a proposal for the conference, which will run March 18-21, 2020. The conference theme will be "Threads of Change,"  and proposals are due July 15, 2019
Upcoming events
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