Krista Jensen, RIR-York
Until next time!
It’s been another great Congress! Here’s what happened this year:
- Over the 7 days we had more than 170 conversations with researchers from 30 plus universities and 6 community organizations
- I had 2 great breakfast conversations about knowledge mobilization with community engaged researchers from RIR member universities Carleton and University of Saskatchewan
- I made good progress on the sock I am currently knitting and had 7 conversations with other knitters. Like knowledge mobilizers, knitters love to talk to each other about what they are working on and the different methods they use
- I had a great time exploring Brock’s campus and the surrounding area. Even though I have seen Niagara Falls many times before, it’s a site that always impresses me
Thanks to the Federation and Brock University for another great Congress!
Påske Sock #2
There are lots of pan-Canadian scholarly associations at Congress. There are lots of book sellers and publishers at Congress. There are lots of individual scholars talking about their projects at Congress. And there are three pan-Canadian organizations that support them with a presence in the book fair, the agora of Congress: Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC); Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) and ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche (RIR). Our good friends at the Canada Foundation for Innovation are also here but without a booth.
The Governor General spoke of the Community Campus Collaboration Initiative when he opened Congress with his Big Thinking lecture. The CCC Initiative is a big tent stretching across the country. It is big enough to welcome RIR along with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, Philanthropic Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada, SSHRC, Imagine Canada, Community Based Research Canada, CFHSS, Campus Community Partnerships for Health and Social Innovation Generation. A very pan-Canadian tent.
Last night RIR, SSHRC and CFHSS enjoyed dinner with University of Victoria, hosts of Congress 2013. We spoke of the need to bring the country to Victoria and build on the efforts of Congress 2012 that has a theme of social innovation and collaboration. UVic hosted Community University Expo 2008. UVic is home to Office of Community Based Research and a Knowledge Mobilization Unit. We are looking to UVic to create its own big tent not only for all of Canada but for its local communities as well.
Day 2 was a day of connecting and re-connecting.
We first welcomed Bojan Fürst to the ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche booth at Congress. In 2011, Bojan joined the Harris Centre at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador as manager of Knowledge Mobilization. You can read more about Bojan in the Harris Centre’s newsletter The Regional. In Bojan’s words, “As a manager of knowledge mobilization my job is to connect the needs of Newfoundland and Labrador communities and regions with the expertise that resides at Memorial. I am essentially a matchmaker and my tool of trade is our opportunity, research and expertise online database yaffle.ca. Yaffle is a true repository of ingenuity in this province. It is an essential component of a network of economic development practitioners, policy makers, experts, students and community champions. Yaffle would not be what it is without its users, so I do encourage all of you to register an account, and make it stronger with your own expertise and innovative ideas added to our collective knowledge.” Yaffle has been featured in a number of stories in Mobilize This! and we are pleased and proud to have a Yaffle banner and a Yaffle expert in the RIR booth.
Welcome Bojan, who fits right in not just as a knowledge broker but as someone who is always laughing and enjoying life.
Reconnecting with colleagues is always a joy of Congress. SSHRC, Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences, Centre for Community Based Research… all great colleagues who are great to reconnect to and are great knowledge mobilization colleagues you need to know to help connect your research with non-academic partners.
Don’t forget to save the dates of June 12-15, 2013, in Corner Brook Newfoundland for the next Community-University Expo.
One by car and the other by air.
Anyway that gets us from Toronto to Fredericton is a good way to go. Coming on the heals of CAURA, CUExpo and CAHSPR, ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche is happy to be ending our Spring Roadshow with the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. We have presented to health practitioners, community organizations and research administrators and now we get to speak with faculty, a key stakeholder group in knowledge mobilization.
Throughout this week you will read about our Congress adventures in this daily blog feature – Post Cards from Congress – in which we provide sort KMb insights and connections to academic social science and humanities research. Follow us on twitter (@researchimpact) and join the conversation June 1 at the RIR tweet chat jointly hosted with the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.