Social Media & Research Unconference: What works? What’s next? When is the Unconference?: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM (day before the Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum #CKF17) Where is the Unconference?: Four-Points by Sheraton Gatineau-Ottawa Will there be food? Yes! Refreshments (coffee/tea/juice/snacks) and lunch are provided. Who should attend? People interested in learning and sharing about social media and research. You might be a researcher, a student, a social media coordinator, or a knowledge broker. More specifically, this event is for people who are interested in using social media for research, for knowledge mobilization, or who are researching social media. The important part is that you want to learn from others in the field and share your own knowledge and experiences. What is an Unconference?: Good question! An unconference is a loosely structured conference where active participation, collaboration with peers, and idea sharing are essential. The program for this event will be set by you – the attendees – first thing in the morning on 16th of May. We’ll fit your ideas into some fun methods to support conversation and learning. Attendees are encouraged to give presentations, pitch topics of discussion, and actively participate in the conversations. With the assistance of a facilitator, a program will be created. In an unconference, the program is fluid and can change throughout the day as conversations continue and new ideas develop. To learn more about unconferences and how to prepare for them, click here. Attendees are encouraged to think about what topics they could contribute the Social Media & Research Unconference in advance. Possible topics may include: What are best practices in using social media (SM) for knowledge mobilization (KMb) and stakeholder engagement How do best practices and uptake of social media differ across sectors and disciplines? What are great examples of social media in the research process: For example: as a method for network analysis, dissemination channel, engagement strategy. Where has social media not worked well in the research process? Where is more research needed about the use of social media for KMb? What are the best SM platforms for KMb work? What are some of the innovative projects that have used SM for KMb work? What do researchers and students need to know about building a digital identity? Where can SM fit in the life cycle of a research project? What social media tools are new and exciting (live streaming, participant recruitment, etc.) -*We’re using the term “Knowledge Mobilization” to include knowledge translation, knowledge transfer, knowledge exchange, etc. Cost: $80.00 (includes lunch) To register: Click this link Hotel: If you’re joining us from out of town, there is a discounted hotel rate ($164/night) available for those participating in the #CKF17 and the SM Unconference. Just mention the Forum when booking at the Sheraton Four-Points Gatineau. The rate can be extended from Friday, May 12th to Monday, May 22nd.