ResearchImpact Road Show 2011 / La tournée 2011 du Réseau Impact Recherche For the first time in RIR history all six ResearchImpact universities will be engaged in our annual KMb road show. We shall present. We shall plan. And we will enjoy ourselves. Pour la première fois de l’histoire du RIR, les six universitésprendront part à la tournée annuelle de MdC. Nous présenterons, planifierons et aurons bien du plaisir! It’s spring. That means it’s raining, the birds are singing, the students are stressing over finals and it’s conference season. Spring also means ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche (RIR) is hitting the road. Our last road show blog was about our work in York Region. This blog takes us across the country. Every year at this time we exhibit and spread the knowledge mobilization gospel at the Canadian Association of University Research Administrators and the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. This year we’re at it again but bigger, better and busier. May 10-13: Community-University Expo (Waterloo, Ontario) RIR-MUN, RIR-UQAM, RIR-York, RIR-Guelph and RIR-UVic will be attending CUExpo 2011. See us on the exhibit floor. On May 12 we are hosting a plenary by Chad Gaffield (SSHRC), Tim Brodhead (McConnell Foundation), Daniele Zanotti (United Way of York Region) and Stan Shapson (York University) discussing the role of community – university collaborations for social innovation. On May 13 we are presenting a workshop on KMb tools. May 11: Canadian Association of Health Services and Policy Research (Halifax, Ontario) David Phipps (RIR-York) will be presenting in the session: The Changing Landscape of KT: Social Media, “Friend or Foe of Expert Knowledge?” Included in this will be a presentation of a video showing the results of our CIHR funded social media KMb grant, “Project Teen Moms” (see our previous blog post on this collaboration). May 13: Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) David Phipps has been invited to speak to his Alma Mater as they celebrate over 115 years of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. David will be speaking about his journey from graduate student to RIR broker. May 15-18: Canadian Association of University Research Administrators (Ottawa, Ontario) For the fourth year in a row RIR will be exhibiting and running a KMb session at CAURA, this year on KMb tools. For the first time all six RIR universities will be presenting. May 27-June 4: Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities (Fredericton, New Brunswick) Also for the fourth year in a row RIR will be exhibiting at Congress, a chance to engage with faculty and funders from across the country. We look forward to exhibiting as always but since all six RIR universities will be attending CAURA and five of the six attending CUExpo we shall take time to plan for the coming year. We shall also certainly make time to enjoy each others’ company over dinner and maybe a drink or two (not an eligible expense on anyone’s grant!). If you are attending any of these events look for the RIR booth or drop by our sessions and say hi. Tell us how KMb is making a difference in your world.