Clear Language Research Summaries Go National! / Les résumés de recherches en langage clair à l’échelle nationale!

By Shawna Reibling (ResearchImpact, University of Guelph)

Clear Language Research Summaries are designed to remove jargon and create a description of a peer-reviewed  discovery that’s easy to understand.  Students and personnel from across the University of Guelph will be trained by York University in clear language writing techniques, beginning to write in September 2011.

Les résumés de recherche en langage clair ont pour objectif d’éviter le jargon scientifique et de fournir un résumé d’une recherche validée par les pairs qui sera facilement compris. Des étudiants ainsi que des membres du personnel de l’Université de Guelph recevront une formation offerte par l’Université de York sur les technique d’écriture en langage clair. L’écriture débutera en septembre 2011.

Two ResearchImpact member universities: University of Guelph and York University, are working together to create 144 clear language research summaries of peer-reviewed journal articles about research happening at the University of Guelph.

Working with the University of Guelph Atrium digital repository, and ResearchImpact local knowledge brokers, research summaries will then be made available throughout the ResearchImpact network (see figure below), for practitioners and members of the public to read. Farmers in British Columbia might be interested in research about the work of tree fruit expert Jayasankar Subramanian. Or the project “Nutraceutical Research on Local Berries in Central Labrador for the Development of New Activities in the Region”, based out of Memorial University,  might be looking for a partner at the University of Guelph Vineland Research Station. Profiling published research from across the university and making it accessible throughout a wide dissemination network, will allow ResearchImpact and the Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship to engage further, with more clarity, into what Canadian communities are curious to learn more about.  Visit the website, Clear Language Research Summaries: Moving From Peer-Review to Public-View for more information.

The project was supported by the Agri-Food and Rural Link, a program of Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Foods and Rural Affairs.

A program of the OMAFRA-U of G Partnership.

Please contact Shawna Reibling, Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator at the Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship for more information.

Via ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche, clear language research summaries will be more widely accessible

OLC Partners with KMb / Le réseau OLC et l’unité de MdC de York joignent leurs forces

This was first posted by Ontario Literacy Coalition on July 6. It features two of York’s KMb Interns undertaking research with the Ontario Literacy Coalition. Student interns are a great way to connect academic research talent to community knowledge needs.

Ce billet a été publié le 6 juillet par le Réseau Ontario Literacy Coalition (OLC). Il présente deux stagiaires de l’unité de mobilisation des connaissances de York qui travailleront avec le Réseau OLC. Les stagiaires sont d’excellents moyens de relier la recherche académique et les besoins de connaissances exprimés par les milieux.

Nausheen Quayyum and Shireen Rangwala

The OLC, in partnership with the Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) Unit through York University, has recruited two graduate student interns, Shireen Rangwala and Nausheen Quayyum, to work on research initiatives for best practices and new models of service delivery within the OLC and the literacy community. Knowledge Mobilization refers to the active, two-way exchange of information and expertise between knowledge creators and knowledge users, and continues to generate interest with researchers and organizations alike. While Shireen focuses on digital literacy, Nausheen is working on sponsorship and alternative forms of funding. Both Shireen and Nausheen, as well as a number of other graduate students at York are working with community agencies across the GTA thanks to grants made possible by the KMb Unit.

The KMb Unit at York, receiving grants from CIHR and SSHRC, has provided the mechanism for research from areas such as humanities and social services – an area primarily dominated by science and technology. York’s KMb Unit, along with the University of Victoria, has created ResearchImpact, Canada’s growing KMb network.

Michael Johnny, Manager of York’s KMb Unit, speaks enthusiastically about partnering with OLC. “There is incredible value in connecting the skills of graduate students in research with relevant issues in policy in organizations. I really hope it’s just the beginning to expand a greater pipeline with OLC.”

A research forum to be held in the fall will highlight the collaborative efforts of the KMb Unit, OLC, Shireen, and Nausheen as they present their research findings.

KMb Journal Club / Le comité de lecture de la MdC

The ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche journal club is a new web feature that will make KMb related academic research accessible to knowledge brokers.

Le comité de lecture de ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche est une nouvelle initiative en ligne qui va rendre la recherche académique sur la mobilisation des connaissances accessible aux courtiers de connaissances

What were you doing on April 30, 2010? It was a Friday and that day we posted the results of our web survey. Our respondents gave us great feedback and we have acted on some of those by adding to our KMb in Action and introducing Delicious KMb bookmarks of KMb associated web sites. We know that finding information on KMb is one of the top two reasons people come to the ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche website.

We are now pleased to introduce a new feature to our web services to help our stakeholders get KMb related information – the KMb Journal Club.

We have previously written that knowledge brokers need to practice what they preach and seek out KMb evidence on which to base their KMb practice. The trouble is, like so many of our community partners, we lack the time to seek out, digest, evaluate and apply research to our own situations. The journal club will present a summary of KMb related academic journal articles in a standard format that will make KMb research accessible to KMb practitioners. This won’t be a researcher’s perspective.

Each journal club will be presented with the following sections:

  1. Article reference
  2. url if the article is open access
  3. Abstract
  4. Article summary
  5. Key observations from practitioner’s perspective

We will be using a publicly accessible discussion forum on the ResearchImpact O3 site to host the journal club. Each journal club will be posted, with the paper attached if it is open access, and readers will be able to use the reply feature to comment or ask questions of the journal club author. We will be posting the first KMb journal club in a couple of weeks.

If you are reading a journal article that you think would be relevant to KMb practice you are invited to submit a journal club summary to us for consideration by e mailing to kmbunit@yorku.ca.

Knowledge Mobilization Officer Position Opening

We are excited to share the following opening for the position of Knowledge Mobilization Officer, Knowledge Brokering for Health and Wellness with the United Way of York Region and York University. Here is a summary of the position:

Knowledge Mobilization Officer, Knowledge Brokering for Health & Wellness, York University & United Way of York Region

Position Type
Contract – one year, with a possibility of renewal

Start Date
September 2011

Hours
8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday

Salary
Commensurate with experience

Closing Date for Applications
July 29, 2011

Job Purpose
Based in the United Way of York Region (UWYR) head office in Markham and working in partnership with York University’s Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) Unit, the Knowledge Mobilization Officer will be responsible for the development and delivery of community-based KMb services in York Region to maximize the impact of university research on public policy and professional practice, specifically in the area of social determinants of health. The Knowledge Mobilization Officer will have active liaison with York Region human service agencies and municipalities, community leaders, social entrepreneurs, York University (York U) faculty, students and staff within York U’s KMb Unit.  The position will be guided by the successful Canadian Institutes of Health Research grant – “Community-Based Knowledge Brokering to Affect Social Determinants of Health in York Region”.

Knowledge Mobilization Officer will report to the Director, Community Investment, UWYR and involve regular communication and interface with the Director, Research Services and Knowledge Exchange, York U, Co-Lead of this York U and UWYR partnership as well as with the Manager, Knowledge Mobilization for York University.

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Using Your WITS: KMb in Action at UVic / Le programme « WITS » : la Mobilisation des connaissances (MdC) en action à l’Université de Victoria

The Public Health Agency of Canada recently announced a $2.6 million grant supporting children’s mental health through a program designed by University of Victoria psychologist Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater, which teaches children conflict resolution strategies.

L’Agence de la santé publique du Canada a récemment annoncé une subvention de 2,6 millions de dollars pour la santé mentale des enfants par le biais d’un programme (WITS) développé par une psychologue de l’Université de Victoria : Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater. Elle enseigne aux enfants les stratégies de résolution de conflits.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has announced a $2.6 million grant supporting children’s mental health through research about and improved online access to the WITS program. WITS teaches children four simple conflict resolution strategies—Walk away – Ignore – Talk it out – Seek help—and was developed by UVic psychologist Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater.

The four-year grant will support online resources, lesson plans, training modules and resource guides for teachers across Canada. The funds will also go to further research in determining the effectiveness of the prevention program. Since 1998, the WITS programs have taught schools, families and communities four simple strategies that children can use to respond to peer victimization.

“We are very pleased to receive this funding,” says Leadbeater. “We want to ensure that schools and communities across Canada can access the WITS program to help prevent peer victimization, which also improves children’s mental health.”

The funding, announced by Federal Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq, is part of a funding package for innovative, community-based projects to improve the mental health of Canadian children and families, with a focus on vulnerable populations.

For more information on WITS, please visit: www.witsprogram.ca

Rethinking Research Impact / Repenser l’impact de la recherche

By David Phipps (ResearchImpact, York)

Some new thinking from researchers helps to refine our thinking about the impact of research and how we measure the “impact” (or “contribution”) research might have on policy and practice decisions.

De nouvelles réflexions de chercheurs nous aident à redéfinir notre compréhension de l’impact de la recherche et la manière dont nous mesurons « l’impact » (ou la « contribution ») que peut avoir la recherche sur les décisions en matiere de politiques et de pratiques….

Thank you Sarah Morton. Sarah Morton is co-director of the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships at the University of Edinburgh. She came to Toronto to visit ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche (York) for 2 weeks. During that visit she made a presentation to the Southern Ontario KTE Community of Practice, met with eight civil servants from Municipal Affairs & Housing, Health & Long Term Care, Education, Food & Rural Affair and Cabinet Office and with Ben Levin’s group at Research Supporting Practice in Education (RSPE). After a weekend in Barrie’s Bay, Sarah came back to Toronto and the world of KMb for a meeting with the International Alliance of Leading Educational Institutions, York’s KMb Expo and then the KTE CoP again where Sandra Nutley (Research Unit for Research Utilization, also the University of Edinburgh) also made a presentation.

As someone from CRFR tweeted “@CRFRTweets: Sarah Morton’s met more knowledge translators in the last 2 days in Toronto than in 10 years in Scotland” (June 7, 3:45pm).

Two meetings stood out for me. Amanda Cooper presented work on evaluation of 44 knowledge intermediary organizations in education including RIR. I won’t preempt her publication by disclosing her results but her evaluation framework was made public at the Canadian Society of the Studies in Education meeting at Congress 2011 in Fredericton. She evaluated the websites of those 44 knowledge intermediaries and scored them on their presentation of their efforts for KMb products, KMb events and KMb networks. Because KMb is a people mediated process, events and networks get weighted more heavily than products in their evaluation framework. This is one of the first quantitative evaluation frameworks for a system of KMb – most frameworks measure the effects of individual KMb interventions. I look forward to Amanda’s forthcoming paper so we can have a fullsome discussion of this methodology and seek to test it in other settings.

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KMb press release / MdC communiqué de presse

York University and United Way of York Region examine link between living conditions and health. Two funding announcements will move university research into communities.

L’Université York et United Way de la région de York examinent les liens entre les conditions de vie et la santé.  L’annonce du financement de deux projets va permettre à la recherche universitaire de rejoindre les communautés

First posted by York University.

TORONTO, June 15, 2011 −If where you’re born, live and work − and the healthcare system you access − determines a lot about how healthy you’ll be, what can local governments and community agencies do to improve your well-being?

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has awarded York University and the United Way of York Region $93,000 to develop research initiatives that will examine how living conditions − the social determinants of health − affect health.

The funding, being announced today at York University’s fifth annual Knowledge Mobilization Expo at the Markham Convergence Centre, will be used for projects that will draw on the university’s strong interdisciplinary health research to respond to community needs and systemic social challenges identified by United Way of York Region.

“Social determinants of health are experienced where Canadians live − right in their communities,” said Ian Graham, vice-president of Knowledge Translation at CIHR. “University researchers and their partners in community health agencies, including those supported by the United Way, are critical to developing novel health services and health policies that have a direct outcome on the health of Canadians.”

“Collaborating and making research more accessible to our community partners and co-developing knowledge is a cornerstone of York University’s research enterprise,” said Stan Shapson, vice-president Research & Innovation. “For the last five years, we have collaborated with the United Way of York Region to connect researchers and graduate students with community and government organizations to find novel approaches that impact health and human services. York’s faculty members and our partners in community health agencies continue to work together to create innovative solutions that benefit the quality of life in our community.”

United Way of York Region is also announcing funding during the Knowledge Mobilization Expo. It is committing $150,000 through Change Inc., a social innovation incubator that it developed with York University to invest in new solutions to persistent social and health challenges faced by York Region residents. Based at the university’s research offices in York Region, Change Inc. was launched in October 2010. The United Way funding, through its Strength Investments will allow Change Inc. to provide socially-focused entrepreneurs, organizations and collaboratives with seed funding, physical space, shared administrative services and access to mentors, York researchers and graduate students.

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post cards from congress – day 4

Day 4 started out with Chad Gaffield, President of SSHRC speaking about Research On the Digital Economy.  Researchimpact-RéseauImpactRecherche actively tweeted his remarks (a portion of which are shown below) throughout his talk which was followed by presentation from a number of the principal investigators of grants from the SSHRC Synthesis in the Digital Economy program.  These researchers presented their findings and recommendations for a Canadian digital economy. Stay tuned to SSHRC for a synthesis of the syntheses and for all the syntheses to be posted.  In the meantime, see the synthesis paper that involved David Phipps of ResearchImpact-York.  The last chapter of this paper reviewed the intersection of digital technologies, knowledge mobilization and the engaged campus.

The afternoon featured a tweet up of some KMb/Congress/RIR tweeps including @jovanevery, @mcshanahan and @qui_oui (left to right in the picture below) with @Kmbeing joining by skype.  Thanks to @qui-oui for organizing this.  Don’t forget the KMb at Congress tweet chat June 1 at noon Eastern.  More information can be found here.

After 42 visits and 24 substantive KMb conversations we headed to the Lobster cook and Kitchen Party.  Good music, good lobster and great company with friends from SSHRC and Johanne Provencal from Simon Fraser University who was co-author of the synthesis paper linked above. Great end to an invigorating day.

The Harris Centre launches The Regional / Le Harris Centre lance The Regional

ResearchImpact – Réseau Impact Recherche member The Harris Centre at Memorial University has launched a new quarterly newsletter called The Regional. Here is an excerpt from the first edition.

Le Harris Centre, membre du Réseau Impact Recheche – ResearchImpact vient de lancer une nouvelle infolettre trimestrielle appelée “The Regional”. Voici un extrait de la première édition.

Welcome to the first edition of The Regional! We’re excited to share some of the stories happening in our province.

When my family and I decided to move to Newfoundland and Labrador some three years ago, there were many raised eyebrows. Friendly advice ranged from warnings that the weather is unpleasant, to the ominous statements that “that place is going to hell in a hand basket, and that everybody with their head screwed on right is leaving for the greener pastures.”

Not that it matter much what they said.

We landed in St. John’s in 2008 and found a vibrant, welcoming community and blueberry covered hills. Our two-year-old couldn’t believe her luck.

Six months ago I landed the best job at Memorial University – manager of knowledge mobilization with the Harris Centre. It sounds like a mouthful, but don’t forget that this is academia you are dealing with – we never miss a chance to make simple things sound complicated. The job, and I’ll tell you a bit more about it, came with a major perk – I get to see Newfoundland and Labrador through a whole new lens of people who work across the province to make their communities and regions successful.

Read the rest of the newsletter here.

A community of 1000 and growing / Une communauté de 1000 membres… en croissance

1000 followers – it’s not a record but Twitter is an important part of connecting to a broader community of knowledge practitioners.

1000 abonnés – Il ne s’agit pas d’un reccord, mais Twitter représente une voie privilégiée pour rejoindre la communauté élargie des “praticiens du savoir”.

Lady Gaga has 7,941,444 twitter followers. Oprah has 5,549,842. CNN has 1,889,096. Charlie Sheen has 3,531,943. Sometime between 11:00 am and 11:45 am on March 26, 2011, @ResearchImpact hit 1000 followers. It took us 22 months to get there.

It’s not a competition and followers are only one measure of the impact of a twitter presence. Charlie Sheen might have 3,500 times the followers of ResearchImpact but I hope that in the world of knowledge mobilization we’re having more of an impact than he is. Impact is an interesting thing on twitter. There are a few services that allow you to measure your impact on twitter.

Klout: we score 52 out of 100

ResearchImpact is a Specialist
You may not be a celebrity, but within your area of expertise your opinion is second to none. Your content is likely focused around a specific topic or industry with a focused, highly-engaged audience.

TwitterGrader: we score 97.4 out of 100 and we rank 233,333 out of 9,157,539

Twitalyzer: we score 1.1 out of 100 which puts us in the 62nd percentile.

I have no idea what any of this means. Scores range from 1.1 to 97.4 out of 100. At the end of the day are we getting re-tweets, comments and mentions by our followers? Yes. And that’s what matters to me.

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UVic KMb award / Le Prix de l’Université de Victoria en mobilisation des connaissances

Dr. Catherine Mateer of UVic is the inaugural recipient of a new knowledge mobilization award from the BC Psychological Association, created in her name-the Catherine Mateer Scientist-Practitioner Award – to recognize her work in helping people who have suffered problems with memory, attention and self-regulation following car accidents, falls and blows to the head.

Le docteur Catherine Mateer de l’Université de Victoria est la toute première récipiendaire du nouveau Prix en mobilisation des connaissances remis par la BC Psychological Association. Il s’agit d’un prix créé en son honneur – le Prix chercheur-praticien Catherine Mateer –visant à reconnaître son travail auprès des personnes ayant souffert de problèmes de mémoire, d’attention et d’auto-régulation à la suite d’un accident de la route, d’une chute ou d’un coup à la tête.

Media Release

Award Honours UVic Psychology Pioneer Catherine Mateer

Acclaimed clinical neuropsychology professor and University of Victoria administrator Dr. Catherine Mateer is the inaugural recipient of a new award from the BC Psychological Association, created in her name-the Catherine Mateer Scientist-Practitioner Award.

Mateer is widely known for her groundbreaking work in the area of cognitive rehabilitation for survivors of head trauma. She has helped people who have suffered problems with memory, attention and self-regulation following car accidents, falls and blows to the head. Her work in neuroscience has demonstrated the tremendous neuroplasticity of the brain that can help people compensate for problems, leading to better recoveries and more independence.

“In my work with people who are experiencing cognitive impairments as a result of brain injury, I have always tried to use scientific theory and methods to develop new interventions and to evaluate their effectiveness,” says Mateer. “The work has been rewarding in and of itself, but to be recognized by a science-practitioner award named for me is an incredible honour.”

The BC Psychological Association created the award to recognize individuals who have made significant and distinguished advancements in the field of psychology using a scientist-practitioner model to bridge science with the application to real people in real situations.

Mateer is a professor in UVic’s Department of Psychology, a previous director of Clinical Training and former departmental chair, and is currently UVic’s associate vice-president for academic planning. She has authored three books and over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Most of them address the management of acquired impairments in memory, attention, executive functions, emotional adjustment and behavioural self-regulation. Mateer is also known for her kind heart, generous nature and willingness to “go the extra mile” for students, clients, colleagues and staff.

Read the media release here.

CU Expo 2011, May 10-14, 2011 / CU Expo 2011, du 10 au 14 mai 2011

We are excited to announce the upcoming CU Expo 2011 taking place in Waterloo this May, which will focus on Community-University Partnerships: Bringing global perspectives to local action. ResearchImpact will be leading a session on tools for knowledge mobilization on Friday, May 13th- hope to see you there!

Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer la tenue prochaine de la conférence CU Expo 2011. Cet événement aura lieu en mai, à Waterloo, et portera principalement sur les partenariats milieu-université, des perspectives globales à l’action locale. Le Réseau Impact Recherche organisera à cette occasion un atelier sur les outils de mobilisation des connaissances le vendredi 13 mai. Au plaisir de vous y voir!

CU Expo 2011 is a Canadian-led conference designed to showcase the exemplars in Community-University partnerships worldwide, and together to introduce creative ways of strengthening our local communities.

The conference is expected to draw over 800 people from Canada and around the world who are passionate about the power of community-university partnerships as a vehicle for social change. Students, community leaders, researchers, educators, funders, policy makers and others invested in community-building will be in attendance.

The CU Expo movement began in Canada as a response to individuals involved community-university partnerships needing a forum to share experiences, strategies and ideas. CU Expo 2011 will address the conference objectives, themes and streams through a variety of session offerings and opportunities for dialogue.

CU Expo 2011 will be held at Wilfrid Laurier University and throughout the Waterloo Region community from May 10 to 14, 2011.

Check out the programming schedule here.  Click here to register.

Partnering for a better community: Living in York Region – A Community Indicators Project / En partenariat pour une meilleure communauté: Vivre dans la Région de York – Un projet d’indicateurs communautaires

By Michael Johnny (ResearchImpact York)

York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit is partnered in a three-year project to support the development of healthy communities in York Region.

L’Unité de mobilisation des connaissances de York est engagée dans un projet en partenariat de trois ans visant à soutenir le développement de communautés en santé dans la Région de York.

The Knowledge Mobilization Unit at York is partnering on a project, Living in York Region, to support community development in York Region that links data, research and residents’ experiences to identify significant trends, and assigns ‘grades’ in areas critical to quality of life. The KMb Unit is pleased to be working with the project lead, the York Region Community Foundation.

Chris Traber of YorkRegion.com reported in his article on this project in late November,  “As York Region continues to grow in size and diversity, the project represents a joint interest in and commitment to working with others to develop a reliable, made-in-York Region understanding of the well-being of residents and communities”. Read the full article here.

The project has adopted a framework that numerous community foundations across Canada have used called Vital Signs. Vital Signs is an annual community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada that measures the vitality of our cities. Vital Signs is based on a project of the Toronto Community Foundation and is coordinated nationally by Community Foundations of Canada. The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation provided critical support for the national expansion of the Vital Signs program.

This is a three-year project that has been funded by an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant. The initiative will focus on key indicators, including arts and culture, learning, health and wellness, environment, transportation, the gap between rich and poor, safety, housing, work, belonging and leadership and the economy.

For the KMb Unit, and its commitment to provide program support in York Region, the fit was clear as the Vital Signs project is a research endeavour that can benefit from the support and input of the university. Participating in a project that can help systematically connect York research and expertise within diverse thematic areas, all merging to support the well-being of residents, neighbourhoods and communities, exactly aligned with the strategic objectives and practical application of knowledge mobilization. Already, this project has engaged two graduate students and one faculty member (with others expressing interest in future engagement).

While these quantitative outcomes are nice, it is the work that the students are doing and the leadership and expertise that York’s faculty are providing that will help build the connections to achieve the project’s objectives, and ultimately its vision- “Our priority is to make sure our communities are healthy and thriving.” It’s great to see research and researchers active in this process, sharing their expertise and access to data.

For me, this project embodies what knowledge mobilization is all about.

Knowledge Mobilization for Climate Change – Internship Programme Competition

York University’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit is excited to announce the start of the graduate student internship competition as part of the Knowledge Mobilization for Climate Change Project.


The goal of this project is to make York climate change research and expertise more accessible to policymakers, so that academic research can better inform municipal level climate change decisions. The project is engaging the City of Toronto; the Regions of York, Peel, and Durham; the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), and the Association for Canadian Educational Resources (The Gateway Project). This project is generously funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Placement Details

  • There are a total of five internship placements, each valued at $10,000 (before deductions)
  • One internship (York Region) will take place from March to June 2011. The 4 remaining internships will take place in Summer 2011 (May-August).
  • There is one placement each with the Environment and Policy offices of:
  1. The City of Toronto (toronto.ca)
  2. The Region of Durham (durham.ca)
  3. York Region (york.ca)
  4. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (trca.on.ca)
  5. The Gateway Project

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be eligible to work in Canada
  • Graduate students (Masters and PhD) currently enrolled or graduates who have fulfilled all degree requirements after January 1st, 2011.
  • For the York Region placement, only recent graduates are eligible to apply (please see job description for further details)

In order to apply, please send your resume and covering letter to:

Andrei Sedoff,
Knowledge Mobilization Officer, Office of Research Services
asedoff@yorku.ca
416-736-2100 Ext 44310

Candidates are allowed to apply to multiple placements. Please indicate which placement(s) you are applying to in the body of your application Email. Candidates are strongly encouraged to prepare separate covering letters for each placement application. Interns will be expected to complete a two-page report at the end of their placement. Interns will also receive training in clear language writing and design.

The deadline to submit applications for the York Region placement is Monday, February 28th at 4:30pm. The deadline for the four summer placements is Friday, March 4th at 4:30pm. For more information, please contact Andrei Sedoff at the coordinates provided above.

You may access the job descriptions by clicking on the links below:

  1. The City of Toronto
  2. The Region of Durham
  3. York Region
  4. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
  5. The Gateway Project

All applicants are also encouraged to attend the York University Climate Change Policy & Research Day. Full event details may be found here.

Partnership Practices Call for Posters

Shawna Reibling (ResearchImpact – Guelph) announces a call for posters for the upcoming Partnership Practices: Working with Community, Industry and Government event. See below for full details:

As a new mobilizer at the University of Guelph, I want to get to know the projects, ideas and practices, especially in the area of partnerships, that are on-going within the Colleges and Departments on campus.

Therefore, I am lucky enough to be involved in the Partnership Practices: Working with Community, Industry and Government event. As industry, community, government and university researchers work together in various ways to address complex issues, the need to learn from examples of successful partnership structures, processes, and outcomes, as well as examine challenges and outcomes of complex research collaborations is evident.

We invite poster submissions that have a link to the University of Guelph and have a strong partner, industry or community focus, identify strategies in partnership skills, structure and processes, and will provide clear understanding of the management and outcomes of their work. I hope that many people will submit posters by January 22nd, however please email me if you need an extension: sreiblin@uoguleph.ca.

As an extra bonus to allow people who maybe have not submitted a poster before, assistance will be available to selected submissions to produce the final poster. The full call for proposals is available at www.csahs.uoguelph.ca/pps

Hosts and Sponsors

This event is hosted by the Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship (ICES), the Business Development Office (BDO) and Co-operators Centre for Business and Social Entrepreneurship (CBASE) at the University of Guelph. It is supported by the Agri-Food and Rural Link KTT program, funded under the OMAFRA-U of G Partnership.