Spring Travel 2014 and the Need for a Shared Calendar / Printemps 2014 : événements, déplacements… et calendrier commun

David Phipps, RIR-YorkPicture of globe, plane and suitcase

This spring Canada is hosting a number of key knowledge mobilization and related events….but can we please speak to each other so this confluence of riches doesn’t happen next year

Ce printemps, de nombreuses rencontres importantes pour la mobilisation des connaissances ont lieu un peu partout au Canada… On devrait discuter de planification, pour éviter que ce carambolage d’occasions se reproduise l’an prochain!

Below are 9 events happening across Canada, all with amazing content all featuring amazing people and all in the same 4 weeks:

CUVIC 2014 – Victoria, BC, May 20-22; Beyond Engagement: Creating Integration, Innovation and Impact; a conference on scholarship and practice of community engaged scholarship, Hosted by Institute for Studies and Innovation in Community University Engagement (ISICUE); RIR-UVic will be playing a key role as will RIR-UGuelph colleagues at ICES and Community Based Research Canada.

Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities – Brock University, St Catherine’s, ON, May 24-30; “Unrivaled in scope and impact, the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the convergence of over 70 scholarly associations, each holding their annual conference under one umbrella.  Now in its 83rd year, this flagship event is much more than Canada’s largest gathering of scholars across disciplines. Congress brings together academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to share findings, refine ideas, and build partnerships that will help shape the Canada of tomorrow.”; RIR always hosts a booth in the book fair and is a very visible example of Canadian knowledge mobilization.

Social Innovation Exchange Summer School – Vancouver, BC, May 27-29; How can we increase our impact – Shifting cultures, changing systems and preparing for surprise? A global event where some leading social innovation practitioners come to Canada to explore the intersection of the various meanings of culture and social innovation. RIR-York is sponsoring and David Phipps is on a panel on institutional change.

Social Frontiers – Vancouver, BC, May 30; “The next edge of social innovation research”; this is the research day accompanying the SIX Summer School. It will feature about 60 social innovation researchers mainly from Canada but with some global leading talent. RIR York is sponsoring and Robert Haché, Vice President Research & Innovation, is introducing one of the key note speakers.

Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER) – Brock University, St. Catherine’s, ON, May 28-30;  “ANSER brings together leading academic researchers, practitioners, consultants, policymakers and community organizations from Canada and internationally to discuss current and emergent issues, debates and challenges in the fields of civil society, social economy, and nonprofit research and practice. Join us for what promises to be an engaging and provocative conference. The theme for the seventh conference at Brock is: Nonprofits and the Social Economy, Pursuing Borders without Boundaries.”  Would love to be there but RIR doesn’t have any presence due to the competing priorities.

CACSL – Ottawa, ON, May 28-30; “As a pan-Canadian community service-learning conference and Volunteer Center Leadership Forum combined, the conference’s vision is to facilitate comprehensive, cross-sector partnerships between post-secondary institutions, volunteer centres, and community based organizations” Lead by colleagues from CFICE with friends from RIR-Carleton; RIR-York Michael Johnny will be on a panel.

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Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum – Saskatoon, SK, June 9-10; This is the big event in knowledge mobilization in Canada. All RIR universities will be represented, we are sponsors of the event and are having a dedicated RIR meeting on June 8.

3rd Annual Deshpande Symposium for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education – Lowell, Massachusetts, June 10-12; OK…it’s not Canadian but “This inspired gathering of higher education practitioners, academics and faculty focuses on engaging participants in an examination and discussion of emerging strategies and practices that encourage innovative and entrepreneurial education, campus culture and community/business engagement.” RIR-York David Phipps is on a panel with colleagues from the Pond Desphande Centre (UNB) and McConnell Family Foundation speaking about campuses and social innovation.

Canadian Association of University Research Administrators (CAURA) – Ottawa, ON, June 14-16; RIR has been participating in his annual conference since 2006. There is always increasing interest in knowledge mobilization as a service to researchers and their partners.  All RIR universities are present but often represented by research administrators and not necessarily knowledge brokers.

Amazing content, amazing people, a chance to create a national buzz in the field of knowledge mobilization and related concepts…but REALLY….does it all have to be packed in 4 weeks???? Next year you can add CUExpo 2015 to the mix. Thanks to our RIR colleagues at Carleton for hosting May 25-29, 2015…if you’re holding a conference next Spring 2015 please check your dates and consider something in the fall…please!

communityBUILD Mash-Up

United Way York Region, York University and ventureLAB have come together to create an entrepreneurial community event in York Region called the communityBUILD Mash-Up. 

Centraide de la région de York, l’Université York et ventureLAB ont travaillé conjointement à la mise sur pied dans la région de York d’un évènement communautaire pour entrepreneurs, le « communityBUILD Mash-Up ». 

communityBUILD posterJoin United Way York Region, York University and ventureLAB in the launch of the communityBUILD Mash-Up, a competition searching for social entrepreneurs tackling two York Region challenges: Food Insecurity and Youth Unemployment.

Are you a non-profit looking to launch a new program, or have you been keeping a project on the back burner? Apply for the communityBUILD Mash-Up, an intense two-day start-up workshop and competition created to tackle two challenges in York Region; Youth Unemployment and Food Insecurity.

Are you interested in tackling a challenge? Looking to create a difference in your community? United Way York Region, York University and ventureLAB have come together to launch communityBUILD Mash-Up. An intense two-day start-up workshop and competition created to help tackle two challenges in York Region; Youth Unemployment and Food Insecurity. Apply for a chance to win a $5,000 venture consulting grant and to become a ventureLAB client!

Apply to the communityBUILD Mash-Up for a chance to win a $5,000 consulting grant to pay for expert advice for your social venture and to become a ventureLAB client: venturelab.ca/communitybuildmashup

K* Scholarships for the Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum

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The following partners are proud to announce up to nine travel scholarships for the 2014 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum: Cloverleaf Foundation, ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche (RIR), Canadian Water Network, Institute for Knowledge Mobilization, and United Nations University Institute for Water Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH).

Details and forms are now posted.


Call for Submissions: AT-CURA Youth Strengths Conference, July 23-25, 2014

Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Metro Vancouver, BC, hosts SSHRC funded CURA project conference on July 23-25, 2014.

AT-CURA Youth Strengths Conference posterSubmissions due: February 28, 2014

What topics would be considered?

Here are some examples of topics that would be appropriate for the conference:

  • Youth resilience
  • Community engagement for violence prevention
  • Using youth strengths to help at-risk youth
  • Gang-prevention programs and initiatives
  • Youth character strengths and well-being
  • Youth violence reduction
  • Youth delinquency prevention
  • Programs for building youth strengths
  • Relevant pedagogy / education / curriculum
  • Relevant popular media research and implications

What other criteria are important?

In keeping with the conference goals, special consideration will be given to submissions that do any of the following:

  • illustrate collaboration between academics and community with a goal of promoting youth strengths to prevent violence and criminal activities such as gang involvement,
  • illustrate how evidence-based research may be used to develop programs and influence policy-making to promote youth strengths to prevent violence and criminal activities including gang involvement, or
  • report on evidence-based research about the relationship between youth strengths and gang/violence prevention.

Who should submit?

We encourage submissions from researchers, policy makers, service providers, police agencies, graduate students, youth, parents, and teachers.

What types of submissions will you accept?

Most accepted submissions will take place in 50 minute sessions or in a special poster session.  The following types of submissions are encouraged:

  1. Interactive workshop: Interactive workshops will involve extensive audience interaction and training in particular skills.
  2. Themed collaboration (symposium): A themed collaboration will involve a number of presenters who will be recruited and coordinated by you. Your session should allow some time for Q & A or other interaction with conference participants.
  3. Panel session: A panel session will involve a moderator and number of experts (panelists) who will be recruited and coordinated by you. The moderator will ask panelists to respond to questions on a particular theme. Conference participants should be encouraged to pose questions as well and to engage in dialogue with the panelists.
  4. Facilitated conversation: A facilitated conversation is similar to a panel session, but will involve less focus on the experts and a stronger role for the moderator in facilitating two way interaction between the panelists and conference participants.
  5. Individual talk: Individual talks will be 10-15 minutes long. They will be grouped with other talks on similar themes.
  6. Poster: Posters will be featured in a special conference session during which authors will be present to discuss their posters with conference participants. Posters should be designed to fit into a 4’ x 4’ space.

What is the deadline?

The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2014.  We will notify successful applicants by March 15, 2014.

How do I submit my proposal?

Your submission should include:

  • A title
  • A biography (100 words) of yourself and biographies of other presenters/authors, if any
  • An abstract (description of 150-300 words) of your session. You may also include abstracts for other presenters/authors in your session.

Use our online submission form to submit your proposal.


If you have any questions about the submission process, please email atcura2014@kpu.ca or call  Catherine Parlee at 1+ (604) 599-3163.

Visit the AT-CURA Youth Strengths Conference website for more details about this event.

Une équipe de chercheurs de l’UdeM reçoit 660 000 $ pour le développement d’une innovation clinique en oncologie / A team of researchers from l’Université de Montréal receives $660,000 to develop a clinical innovation in oncology

Ce récit a été publié la première fois sur le site UdeM Nouvelles, le 23 octobre 2013. Il est repris ici avec permission.

A team of researchers and health professionals led by Hélène Lefebvre and Isabelle Brault , professors at the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Montreal , and Odette Roy , Assistant to the Department of Nursing at the Maisonneuve -Rosemont Hospital , received a grant of more than $ 660,000 for the development of interactive clinical innovation in oncology. This story was originally posted on UdeM Nouvelles on October 23, 2013 and is reposted here with permission.

Une équipe de chercheurs et de professionnels de la santé dirigée par Hélène Lefebvre et Isabelle Brault, professeures à la Faculté des sciences infirmières de l’Université de Montréal, et Odette Roy, adjointe à la Direction des soins infirmiers de l’Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, a obtenu une subvention de plus de 660 000 $ pour le développement d’une innovation clinique interactive en oncologie.

La subvention a été octroyée dans le cadre du programme des Partenariats pour l’amélioration du système de santé des Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada (IRSC) et en partenariat avec la Fondation pour la recherche en santé de Rx&D et le Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec.

Le projet consiste en une stratégie interdisciplinaire d’échange des savoirs visant à développer un Portail d’Échange de Savoirs Web 2.0 en soutien aux équipes cliniques. Cette stratégie vise à réunir chercheurs, professionnels de la santé, patients et proches au sein d’un même espace pour partager les savoirs scientifiques, pratiques et expérientiels en matière de planification de congé en oncologie.

Ce projet vise à développer un outil de stratégies collaboratives pour renforcer les échanges et favoriser les apprentissages par les interactions entre équipes de soins, chercheurs et patients. La stratégie d’échange des savoirs vise également à créer un contexte organisationnel favorable à l’intégration des nouvelles pratiques et à une collaboration accrue. La subvention accordée permettra de documenter le processus de développement de la stratégie d’échange des savoirs  et d’en évaluer les effets sur la mise en application de pratiques exemplaires chez les professionnels de la santé et sur l’expérience de santé des patients.  À terme, elle pourrait contribuer à réduire l’utilisation de certains services et les coûts qui y sont associés.

Rappelons qu’au Canada, aucune norme ne régit la planification de congé. Pourtant, plusieurs études concluent qu’une planification de congé optimale peut réduire la durée des séjours hospitaliers, éviter les réadmissions et assurer aux patients une meilleure gestion de la douleur et des symptômes associés à leur maladie. Ces études soulignent l’importance de l’éducation aux patients, de la coordination des services et de l’implantation de suivis réguliers pour assurer une planification de congé optimale. Selon l’OMS, de 30 % à 50 % des patients reçoivent des soins dont l’efficacité n’est pas justifiée par l’évidence scientifique. L’intégration des nouvelles connaissances à la pratique clinique des professionnels constitue donc un enjeu prioritaire pour les systèmes de santé.

Recapping the Top Five Most Viewed Posts of 2013 / Résumé des 5 billets les plus lus de 2013

The Mobilize This! blog had a total of over 17,000 views in 2013. In this post, we recap the top five most viewed blog stories of 2013.

Le blogue Mobilize This! a reçu plus de 17 000 visiteurs en 2013. Revoici les cinq billets qui vous ont le plus intéressés.

#5 with 177 views

Communities of Practice and Communities of Definition / Communautés de pratique et communautés de définition

First published on March 14, 2013

What happens when a diverse group of academics and government staff get together to discuss the role of the knowledge broker in the research to action cycle?  Lots of different opinions of course!  And this is exactly what happened at a recent meeting of the Guelph Knowledge Translation and Transfer (KTT) Community of Practice. But perhaps, the more we differ, the more we might actually have in common.

Que se passe-t-il lorsqu’un groupe hétérogène formé de chercheurs et de travailleurs de la fonction publique se réunit afin de discuter du rôle de courtier de connaissances dans le cycle recherche-action. Un foule d’opinions diverses, évidemment! Et c’est exactement ce qui s’est produit lors d’une récente rencontre de la Communauté de pratique sur le circulation et le transfert des connaissances de Guelph. Peut-être qu’en fait, plus grandes sont les différences, plus le potentiel d’avoir quelque chose en commun est grand.

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I'm a researcher, why do I blog? post#4 with 181 views

I’m a Researcher, Why Do I Blog? / Je suis un chercheur, qu’est-ce que je fais ici à bloguer?

First published on August 7, 2013

This week’s blog post is a guest post from Dr. Will Gage. Dr. Gage is the Associate Dean, Research & Innovation in the Faculty of Health at York University the owner of the blog Don’t Fall, which shares on falls prevention research and expertise.

Le billet de cette semaine est signé par un blogueur invité, le docteur Will Gage. M. Gage est vice-doyen à la recherche et à l’innovation à la Faculté des soins de santé de l’Université York. Son cybercarnet intitulé Don’t Fall aborde des questions de recherche et d’expertise dans le domaine de la prévention des chutes.

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Valorization / Valorisation

First published on January 29, 2013

Valorization is a term that was recently used to describe social innovation. I think it describes what some seek to accomplish in knowledge mobilization quite well. Trouble is the term “valorization” is no easier to understand than the term “knowledge mobilization”.

La valorisation est un terme qui a été utilisé récemment pour décrire l’innovation sociale. Je crois que cela décrit ce que certains tentent d’accomplir par la mobilisation des connaissances également. Le problème est que le terme « valorisation » n’est pas plus facile à comprendre que celui de « mobilisation des connaissances».

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#2 with 232 views

The International School of Research Impact Assessment, Barcelona, September 15-19

First published on May 22, 2013

The International School of Research Impact Assessment was held in Barcelona, Spain, on September 15-19, 2013. Kathryn Graham, a co-organizer of the five day school, shares some information about this exciting event in this guest post.

La première rencontre de « l’École internationale d’évaluation de l’impact de la recherche » a eu lieu à Barcelone, en Espagne, du 15 au 19 septembre 2013. Notre blogueuse invitée, Kathryn Graham, coorganisatrice de l’événement, nous renseigne ici sur cet atelier de cinq jours qui s’est avéré très stimulant.

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Top post of 2013#1 with 476 views

2013 York KMb Learning Events / Les activités d’apprentissage offertes par York MdC en 2013

First published on January 15, 2013

York KMb is offering sessions for researchers, staff and graduate students to help make their research relevant to professional practice and policy development.

York MdC offre des séances de formation à l’attention des professeurs, du personnel et des étudiants gradués afin de les aider à accroître la pertinence de leurs recherches sur le plan de la pratique professionnelle et du développement de politiques.

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Merry Mobilizing from the KMb Unit at York!

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Merry Mobilizing from the Knowledge Mobilization Unit at York University!

From left to right:

Stacey Kimmett, Research Translation Assistant, NeuroDevNet KT Core

Elle Seymour, KT Coordinator,  NeuroDevNet KT Core

Michael Johnny, Manager, Knowledge Mobilization

Paula Elias, Research Translation Assistant,  NeuroDevNet KT Core

Anneliese Poetz, Manager,  NeuroDevNet KT Core

Christina Ransom, Data & Communications Assistant

Hilda Smith, Research Translation Assistant,  NeuroDevNet KT Core

David Phipps, Executive Director, Research & Innovation Services

Krista Jensen, Knowledge Mobilization Officer

Fall 2013 York KMb Learning Events / Les activités d’apprentissage offertes par York MdC en automne 2013

York KMb is offering sessions for researchers, staff and graduate students to help make their research relevant to professional practice and policy development.

York MdC offre des séances de formation à l’attention des professeurs, du personnel et des étudiants gradués afin de les aider à accroître la pertinence de leurs recherches sur le plan de la pratique professionnelle et du développement de politiques.

For Fall 2013, the Knowledge Mobilization Unit at York will be offering the following learning sessions:

Social Media

Social Media for Research 101 – This lunch hour session will provide an overview of social media tools and their relevance to collaborative research projects. September 9 noon-1:00; November 12 noon-1:00 Register now!

Social Media for Research 201 – This session will provide more detailed information on the strategies and tools for social media tools and their relevance to collaborative research projects, such as analytics and partnering strategies. October 9 9:30-noon Register now!

Social Media Strategy Building  – Want to start using social media tools but don’t want to fall victim to “shiny object syndrome”? This hands on session will focus on getting a plan together and planning steps to implement it. September 16 9:30-noon; November 18 9:30-noon Register now!

Facebook – Join us for this hands on session and learn how to set up a facebook page for your KMb efforts, and keep it separate from your personal account. October 3 1:30-4:00 Register now!

Twitter – A 2.5 hour hands-on session where Twitter is introduced within a research context. Participants can set up an account and learn about practical applications for their research. October 30 1:30-4:00 Register now!

O3 – O3 is an online collaborative tool for available free to researchers, which can facilitate effective and efficient collaboration (without flooding your email inbox!) November 27 9:30-noon Register now!

WordPress – Blogging is emerging as a popular medium to share information and express ideas. Researchers are finding interesting uses for blogs to complement their scholarship. Join us and learn what blogging can do to enhance your KMb efforts. September 24 1:30-4:00 Register now!

Knowledge Mobilization

Effective Community Engagement – What are successful practices in engaging community around research? What needs to be considered to effectively engage, build relationships and strong partnerships outside of the university? This 2.5 hour workshop will introduce values, examples of good practices and allow for dialogue to enhance your engagement efforts. September 19 1:30-4:00 Register now!

Good Practices in KMb – Learn from examples at York U and across Canada. What practices seem to work effectively? How can we determine effectiveness? How can I connect need to practice? This 2.5 hour workshop will engage participants in the context of their own research projects. November 20 1:30-4:00 Register now!

KMb and Communications – What are the intersections and where do these two diverge? This 2.5 hour session will introduce you to knowledge mobilization; explore the relationships between the two and share examples on how they can complement one another and how they are unique. October 8 9:30-noon; November 28 9:30-noon Register now!

KMb Strategy Building – Granting councils are asking more and more for research teams to identify their KMb strategy. In this hands on session, learn about strategic elements, create a draft strategy for your project, and tips on how to present your strategy. September 10 9:30-noon; October 10 1:30-4:00 Register now!

Clear Language Writing and Design – Sessions designed to introduce the principles and practical tips on writing for the reader, including diverse audiences. October 25 9:00-noon Register now!

To register for any of the sessions, please visit http://bit.ly/1fjASJn or contact Krista Jensen, KMb Officer, at kejensen@yorku.ca or 416-736-2100 ext 88847

Awards for Trainees: Gender, Sex and Health Knowledge Translation Supplements / Bourses aux stagiaires: Suppléments aux stagiaires pour l’application des connaissances sur le genre, le sexe et la santé de l’ISFH

Awards for Trainees:  Gender, Sex and Health Knowledge Translation Supplements

CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) Institute Community Support Program 2013-2014

Application deadline: October 1, 2013

In keeping with our commitment to investing in world-class research excellence, the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) is interested in training and sustaining a strong and diverse foundation of health researchers who integrate sex and gender considerations in their work.  The purpose of IGH’s Institute Community Support (ICS) Program is to build capacity for gender, sex and health research and knowledge translation among trainees, including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows across the full spectrum of health research disciplines.

The IGH Knowledge Translation (KT) Supplements (worth up to $5,000) support the capacity of trainees to engage in the knowledge translation (KT) of their own gender, sex and health research. KT initiatives eligible for this opportunity must directly advance the translation of research that is led by the applicant as part of a graduate thesis or postdoctoral project and that has a substantive focus on gender and/or sex and health. KT activities may either foster the engagement of knowledge users in the research process (integrated KT) or communicate findings from a completed research project to knowledge users (end-of-grant KT).

For more information, please visit the IGH Gender, Sex and Health Trainee Knowledge Translation Supplements page.


Bourses aux stagiaires: Suppléments aux stagiaires pour l’application des connaissances sur le genre, le sexe et la santé de l’ISFH
l’Institut de la santé des femmes et des hommes (ISFH) des IRSC Programme d’appui communautaire des instituts 2013-2014

Date limite pour présenter une demande:  1er octobre 2013

Fidèle à son engagement d’investir dans l’excellence scientifique de calibre mondial, l’Institut de la santé des femmes et des hommes (ISFH) des IRSC souhaite former et retenir une base solide et diversifiée de chercheurs dans le domaine de la santé qui tiennent compte des notions de genre et de sexe dans leurs travaux. Le Programme d’appui communautaire de l’ISFH vise à développer les capacités de recherche et d’application des connaissances sur le genre, le sexe et la santé chez les stagiaires, y compris les étudiants des cycles supérieurs et les boursiers postdoctoraux dans l’ensemble des domaines de la recherche en santé.

Ce supplément (d’une valeur maximale de 5 000 $) permet à des stagiaires de participer à l’application des connaissances issues de leurs propres recherches sur le genre, le sexe et la santé. Les initiatives d’AC admissibles à ce supplément doivent directement faire avancer l’application de la recherche effectuée par le candidat dans le cadre d’une thèse ou d’un projet de postdoctorat avec une orientation significative sur le genre et/ou le sexe et la santé. Les activités d’AC peuvent favoriser l’engagement des utilisateurs des connaissances dans le processus de recherche (AC intégrée) ou permettre de communiquer les résultats d’un projet de recherche achevé aux utilisateurs de connaissances (AC en fin de subvention).

Pour obtenir plus d’information, consultez la page Supplément aux stagiaires pour l’application des connaissances sur le genre, le sexe et la santé de l’ISFH.