Postcards from Congress – Day 7

Congress by the Numbers

As I was reminded while attending Tuesday’s Aboriginal Leaders in Education session, it is appropriate to give thanks to the Maliseet people. It is their traditional lands we had the pleasure of visiting over the last week. This is a beautiful part of the country! Since today is the last final day of Congress, and the ResearchImpact -  Rèseau Impact Recherche (RIR) travelling road show winds down for another spring season (more to come on that!!), it is appropriate to reflect on the week that was:

5000 – The approximate number of delegates registered and visited Congress. This includes graduate students and a significant number of non-academic delegates

2750 – Round-trip mileage from York U to UNB/STU universities. (And I loved every moment of it!)

194 – Visits to the RIR booth, including numerous visits from researchers from our Network institutions.

100 – I imagine this is how many hits we contributed to the 35 million views of Maple Bacon Dog on You Tube!! (I acknowledge this may be a conservative estimate)

63 – Number of scholarly associations present at Congress in 2011

9 – Total duration of Congress (days), including travel time.

7 – New project opportunities presented to RIR brokers while at our booth. Astonishing, given this is the first Congress in which anyone has shared a project opportunity with us.

5 – This is the 5th annual Congress which RIR has attended. We are always grateful for the booth location we are provided, set between the Federation, SSHRC, and across from CIHR

3 – Conferences within the last month – CU Expo, CAURA, and Congress. It is important for RIR to network and promote the work of its member institutions in delivering effective KMb service.

1 – Successful Tweet-up! RIR co-hosted with the Federation a conversation on Twitter about Why SSH Research Matters to Canadians.

But not all aspects of a memorable week are captured quantitatively. There are friendships – old and new; lilacs; lobster; grants; Tim Horton’s breakfast sandwiches; shiny beaver; fiddle music; fog; Picaroon’s; and great KMb conversations!

On behalf of the entire RIR network, our sincere thanks to the staff of the Federation, the great people of Fredericton, and our hosts at University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University! See you next year in Waterloo, Ontario.

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