Centre for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) and Research Impact Canada (RIC) are partnering to host the 2021 Conference on Research Impact & Public Engagement at the Intersection of the Future Workforce – Virtual, May 10-13, 2021.
Plenary sessions, speakers, and panels will focus on research impact as drivers of economic and workforce development — including pre–collegiate and higher education, community, business and industry, workforce development stakeholders, and government partnerships. Participants will discuss how research can inform the community to career pathways in the STEM technical workforce, improving workforce diversity, government efforts to enhance workforce development, and the role of public engagement and research impact.
The meeting will be focused on four tracks.
- Public engagement in areas of emerging technologies (Automation, IoT, AI, and Information Technologies, etc.)
The worlds of work and education are changing. This track is designed to showcase public engagement as an entry point into or outgrowth of emerging technologies.
- Impact of Programs and Research on Workforce Readiness
Career readiness programs often begin in secondary school and career-integrated curricula can span PreK-12 into postsecondary education. This track is designed to showcase data-informed formal and informal learning opportunities that are helping participants improve workforce readiness, from social-emotional skills to technical skills and everything in-between.
- Engaging diverse and inclusive communities in STEM Careers
STEM disciplines are economic drivers, but STEM careers have traditionally not embraced diversity. This track will explore not only barriers but enablers of diversity and inclusion in STEM careers.
- Futurist Projections and the changing workforce
The workforce has always been changing but the pace of change is accelerating. Employers, employees, and jobseekers need to be forward thinking and imagining what the workplace will look like in the next year, in 5 or in 10 years? This track will encourage forward-thinking debate to understand what we need to do now to gain career resilience for the future.
Poster showcase, regular sessions (60minutes long), and workshop sessions (90 minutes long) are being accepted until 11:59PM ET January 29, 2021. Submissions should include a short abstract, and regular sessions and workshops also require a one-page session description included with their applications.
Submit your ARIS–RIC Summit 2021 Proposal Here, Deadline: January 29, 2021 at 11:59pm ET
Please direct any questions regarding the call for proposals and the 2021 Summit to MUResearchARIS@missouri.edu.
Why did ARIS partner with Research Impact Canada (RIC)?
Although we have collaborated over the last few years, this Summit represents the first time ARIS and RIC have brought our two communities together to learn from our collective expertise and network for future collaboration. Drawing on complementary expertise in research impact and public engagement in the United States and Canada, both ARIS and RIC are unique organizations in the world who are focused on broader impacts and knowledge mobilization outside of scholarly disciplinary restraints. Across sectors, we focus on building the capacity of individuals, institutions, and organizations to maximize the impact of research for change in local communities.
RIC recently joined the ecosystem for the Future Skills Centre (a pan-Canadian initiative dedicated to helping Canadians gain the skills they need to thrive in a changing labour market) and are delighted to co-organize a summit focused on impact at the intersection of the future workforce.
This collaboration for the ARIS/RIC Summit was a natural extension of a longstanding, 5-year relationship of ARIS and RIC mutually attending and supporting each others’ events. Recently we collaborated on a tool kit for research impact and stakeholder engagement. We’re thrilled to work together on the Summit and bring American and Canadian perspectives together to share learnings, compare systems, and build future partnerships.