Apply Now: Research Meets Policy @ SFU Summer Institute

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Are you interested in developing your research communication skills?

Graduate students and post doctoral fellows are invited to apply to the SFU Knowledge Mobilization Hub Research Meets Policy @ SFU (RMP@SFU) summer institute. This exciting week-long virtual institute will take you beyond traditional scholarly outputs and increase your potential for policy engagement and impact.

The summer institute will be held from July 19th - 23rd, 2021, 9:00am – 12:30pm on Zoom. Applications are due on May 30th, 2021.

Why should you attend? 

  • Build your network: RMP@SFU is an opportunity to cultivate your network of policy makers and connect with a cross-disciplinary cohort of SFU peers.  
  • Develop your communications expertise: Academic writing and presentation conventions are not conducive to informing different audiences of your research. In this program you will learn how to engage, speak, and write for policy makers and peers in other disciplines.
  • Gain transferable skills: Being able to connect and engage across sectors and disciplines will contribute to success in work environments inside and outside academia.
  • Get recognized: All fellows who participate in the RMP@SFU summer institute will obtain a certificate of completion.

RMP@SFU agenda

The institute will include experiential learning opportunities, such as developing and sharing research communication plans, key messages, writing, and presentations.

Day 1 | Introduction to research communication: This foundational workshop will introduce how to identify your audience, purpose, and channels for communicating research beyond academia. The session will be led by Alan Shapiro, director of waterNEXT, with a public servant in the Federal government as the guest speaker.

Day 2 | Writing for policy makers: This workshop will teach why and how to write for a policy audience. The session will be led by Zafar Adeel, professor, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering, with an invited a public servant in the Federal government as the guest speaker.

Day 3 | Listening to and talking with policy makers: To be a good speaker, we must begin with being good listeners. Participants will explore their biases and assumptions and use empathy to identify priorities in order to communicate more effectively. The session will be led by Paola Ardiles, teaching fellow and lecturer, Health Sciences, with an invited city councillor as the guest speaker.

Day 4 | Getting the media involved: This workshop will focus on writing and interviewing for traditional and social media. The session will be led by Meghan MacKenzie, professor, International Law & Human Security, with an invited provincial government elected official as the guest speaker.

Day 5 | Celebration of learning: All participants will do a 2 minute presentation on their research that integrates the lessons from the week with time for brief feedback. The session will be facilitated by Lupin Battersby, knowledge mobilization officer. An invited senator will provide closing remarks. The day will end with a final discussion on next steps for the cohort and feedback on the program.

Apply now!

Spots are limited. Applications are due by 11:59pm PDT May 30th, 2021. Complete the brief application here. Successful applicants will be notified by June 11th, 2021.

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The RMP@SFU virtual summer institute is supported by Research Impact Canada and funded by The Conference Board of Canada through the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre.