Safeguarding Science Initiative

Canada is a leader in innovation, research and development, thanks to the research community’s commitment to open science and international collaboration. However, this commitment has the potential to be exploited, leading to loss of expertise and trade secrets, damage to the integrity of Canadian academic and research institutions, and lost publication and patent opportunities. This loss has national and economic security implications, particularly if the knowledge is sensitive or has potential military applications.

The Government of Canada recognizes the immense short and long-term value of the research conducted in Canada and wants to keep it as open as possible while ensuring security measures are in place.


To raise awareness of research security issues, Public Safety’s Research Security Centre offers Safeguarding Science, a 90-minute workshop. The workshop focuses on:

This workshop is offered both virtually and in-person and is recommended as an introduction to the topic of research security. Additional modules offering a deeper dive into research security-related topics are also available.

Who should attend

The Safeguarding Science initiative is intended for researchers, research staff (including technicians, postdoctoral fellows and students), research security professionals, research administrators, information technology and information management staff, security personnel, biosafety and radiological safety officers, human resources personnel, supply chain personnel and senior management.

Learning Outcomes

The goal of the workshop is for participants to:

Description of training modules

Module 1: Safeguarding Science: Raising awareness of security risks and mitigation tools in the research ecosystem 

The purpose of the Safeguarding Science workshop is to raise awareness within Canada's scientific and academic communities about research security-related issues. The primary objective of this workshop is to explain the potential for misuse of dual-use research, technology and materials, along with possible risk indicators and mitigation tools to protect Canadian research assets.

Module 1 (English) – Tuesday July 9th 2024, 1-2:30pm (EDT)

Module 1 (English) – Wednesday August 7th 2024, 1-2:30pm (EDT)

Module 1 (English) – Tuesday, September 17th 2024, 1-2:30 pm (EDT)

Module 1 (English) – Tuesday, October 22nd 2024, 1-2:30 pm (EDT)

Module 1 (English) – Tuesday, November 5th 2024, 1-2:30 pm (EST)

Module 1 (English) – Tuesday, December 3rd 2024, 1-2:30 pm (EST)

Additional Modules (only offered virtually)

French virtual sessions are available and registration can be accessed from the French Safeguarding Science Initiative page.

Module 2: Dual-Use Technologies: Know Your Research – Know your Partners - Assess the Risk

The module elaborates on dual-use technologies and research with specific examples. These examples highlight the complex nature of dual-use technologies, and ways to recognize their sensitivities. The outcome of the module will enhance understanding of the dual-use nature of any research, whether in STEM or social sciences, and give frontline researchers and institutions tools to perform their due diligence and evaluate risks appropriately.

Module 2 (English) – Thursday, October 3rd, 2024, 1-2pm (EDT)

Module 3: Demystifying the International Student Immigration Process

The purpose of this presentation is to provide insight on the immigration process for international students and to explain how prospective applicants are security screened for admissibility.

The presentation will provide an overview on the immigration forms, supporting documents and requirements for a study permit. The roles and responsibilities of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and its security screening partners will be detailed. Case studies are included within the presentation to help demonstrate the process.

Module 3 (English) – Tuesday, November 19th, 2024, 1-2pm (EST)

Module 4: Know before you Export: Canada’s Export and Brokering Controls

The presentation aims to increase knowledge about Canada’s export controls regime, what is controlled and why; explain how research institutions and academia may be subject to export controls; show how to apply for an export permit; and provide a list of resources and contacts for reference.

Module 4 (English) – Tuesday, December 10th, 2024, 1-2pm (EST)

For more information

For additional information about the workshop or to inquire about scheduling one for your institution, please contact:

The Research Security Centre
National and Cyber Security Branch
Public Safety Canada  

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