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Scholarly Publishing and Open Access plus a stylized book with the open access symbol

If you would like to ensure that your research is read, understood, and discussed by the broadest possible audience, join us this fall for a series of hands-on, interactive workshops on knowledge mobilization.

Successful knowledge mobilization strategies ensure that academic research can be used by teachers, policy makers, health care practitioners, and the general public to make evidence-based decisions that will effect real world change

What is knowledge mobilization? 

Knowledge mobilization includes the processes by which research is translated or synthesized into plain language and made available for the public. SSHRC, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, defines it more broadly as "[t]he reciprocal and complementary flow and uptake of research knowledge between researchers, knowledge brokers and knowledge users—both within and beyond academia—in such a way that may benefit users and create positive impacts" (SSHRC, 2018). 

Knowledge Mobilization Workshop Series

Publishing Symposium

Are you interested in publishing your academic work, extending the reach of your research, and developing your online presence? The day includes three workshops which will give you everything you need to prepare to publish and share the word about your research.

Preparing to Publish
This workshop will focus on navigating the peer review process and will also touch on the topics of open access, working with an editor, and co-authorship.  It will include a discussion of copyright transfer agreements and licenses and provide insight into publishing venues for assuring your research has the best possible visibility, accessibility, and impact.

Who is looking at your research and how can you measure it?
Find out more about research impact – what it is, how to measure it and how to leverage it.

Raising Your Online Research Profile
This workshop will look at the big picture and context for developing your online academic narrative: why do you want a research profile? How do you get your work out there? The workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to tools for privacy, social media, and auditing and building your online academic portfolio.

Upcoming Workshops

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pmBurnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

An Introduction to Using Tableau for Data Visualization

Tableau is a data visualization tool that is being used to help analyze data and illustrate the patterns and insights behind them. This interactive workshop will introduce researchers or students to Tableau Public, a free access version of Tableau.


  • No prior experience with Tableau is necessary.
  • Participants will need to bring their own laptop preloaded with the latest version of Tableau Public

Upcoming Workshops

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pmBurnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Engage Your Readers with Plain-Language Writing

It's a myth that academic writing requires a dense style and liberal use of jargon. In fact, dense writing risks excluding interested readers who might benefit from academic research. Plain-language writing, on the other hand, expresses complex ideas clearly and concisely in ways that enable understanding after the first reading. This workshop covers five stylistic strategies central to plain language, with opportunities for discussion and practice. These five strategies help motivated readers engage with your writing and increase their chance of understanding it in the way you intended.

This workshop is led by Amanda Goldrick-Jones.

Amanda Goldrick-Jones started her writing life as a newspaper reporter in Toronto and Vancouver before receiving her BA and MA in English Language at UBC. After teaching writing and communication at UBC and Langara College, she studied rhetoric and professional communication at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, where she received her PhD. She then served as assistant and associate professor at the University of Winnipeg's Centre for Academic Writing and helped develop the major program in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications. When she moved back to the coast in 2006, she spent two years at Simon Fraser University as the SLC's first writing services coordinator. At UBC, she taught academic, business, and technical writing courses while designing online writing courses for the UBC Writing Centre. Amanda returned to the SLC in July 2013, where she focuses on developing and coordinating writing services for undergraduates.

Upcoming Workshops

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pmBurnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Explore New Ways of Sharing Your Work: An Introduction to the Media and Maker Commons for Researchers

Join us for a tour and overview of SFU Library's new Media and Maker Commons! Learn how you can incorporate 3D printers, a vintage printing press, laser cutters, or video and audio recording and editing suites into your research projects. The Media and Maker Commons is here to help you communicate your research findings in new ways:

  • synthesize your work into bite-sized audio or video media using the recording studios
  • record a podcast in the one-button podcasting studio
  • produce physical prototypes with the 3D printer and  laser cutters
  • …and more!

Upcoming Workshops

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pmBurnaby, Room TBA

How to Blog About Your Research (and Not Bore People to Death)

Interested in blogging about your research but not sure where to start? This hands-on workshop led by Alice Fleerackers will offer key tips and tricks for communicating your work to online audiences.

With a special focus on making academic content accessible, we'll take a deep dive into the world of web writing. We'll cover everything from "research storytelling" to Search Engine Optimization (SEO), outlining essential best practices for each. We'll also cover the challenges and opportunities of writing for non-academic audiences, and learn some simple tools and strategies for putting these lessons into practice. Whether you're an established academic or just starting out, you'll learn why it's never too soon to share your knowledge online.

Alice Fleerackers is a freelance writer whose writing has been published in digital marketing blogs, psychology journals, and everything in between. She's also a researcher at the Scholarly Communications Lab, an editor for the nonprofit Art the Science, and a PhD candidate studying science communication at Simon Fraser University. Find her on Twitter at @FleerackersA

Note: Participants are invited to bring one research article each — either something they've written or something they've read — that they would like to "bloggify" during the session.

Upcoming Workshops

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pmBurnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Data visualization with Tableau: The painless, programming-free way to build charts and graphs

Tableau is a data visualization tool that can help you analyze your data and illustrate the patterns and insights behind them. This interactive workshop will introduce researchers to Tableau Public, a free access version of Tableau.

You will leave this workshop with an understanding of how to:
  • connect datasets to your Tableau workbook;
  • create a variety of basic chart types (including bar charts, line graphs, and maps);
  • use Tableau's built-in analysis features, like reference lines, trend lines and calculated fields; and
  • publish and share publication-quality interactive charts and graphs.
Requirements: Participants will need to bring their own laptop and charger. Before the workshop, please download and install the latest version of Tableau Public to your laptop.

Upcoming Workshops

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 12:00pm to 5:00pmVancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

Registration information

This workshop series is free to attend, but registration is encouraged. Please register for each workshop individually using the links above. 

Contact for further information

For further information about the Knowledge Mobilization workshop series, please email Ali Moore: