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Mobilize knowledge by making your research public: Join us this November

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

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). 

Why is knowledge mobilization important? 

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

SFU and knowledge mobilization

SFU’s 2016 - 2020 Strategic Research Plan states that “SFU is committed to becoming a world leader in knowledge mobilization,” by “[s]eeking opportunities to transfer the results of our research to the broader society, including policy-makers, civil society leaders, and the community.”

The SFU Library Strategic Plan 2017 - 2021 highlights a number of ways that we are working to build capacity “from discovery to knowledge mobilization,” and that we will collaborate to “[p]artner in knowledge mobilization beyond the academy, particularly with community groups.”

Knowledge Mobilization Workshop Series

Make your research public: Pitching your work to The Conversation Canada

Are you interested in contributing to the public discourse? Would you like your research to be read, understood, and discussed both inside and outside the academy? Learn how you can pitch your work to The Conversation Canada, a trusted, independent, international media resource dedicated to highlighting the work of the academic and research community for the public. Publishing with The Conversation not only ensures that your work is translated and transmitted to the broadest possible audience; you will also gain access to information about how your work has been read and shared online. Join us for a discussion about author requirements and questions you should ask yourself when developing your story pitch. 

Scott White is Editor of The Conversation Canada. Previously, he was Editor-in-Chief of The Canadian Press and Vice-President, Content Strategy and Business Development at Postmedia Network. He has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the journalism program at Ryerson University.

Upcoming Workshops

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Communicate with Purpose and Intent

Do you feel lost or challenged when communicating your research to audiences who are non subject matter experts?  When you're asked about what your research is about, do you often feel it may be too complicated to explain, or you feel as though you must provide all the details for your audience to understand? In most situations, constraints with time limits what and how we can communicate with our research.  This workshop session will address some of those questions and provide strategies for communicating your research with purpose and intent.  If you are preparing for an upcoming presentation or just curious about how you can further develop your communication skills, we invite you to join us for this interactive workshop. 

Dr. Poh Tan is an entrepreneur, a stem cell biologist, an educator, a volunteer and a mother.  She has made substantive contributions to many different fields and has made positive impacts on many people’s lives throughout her career. Poh’s current focus is on inspiring young children and their educators to use scientific thinking as a tool to open up their world and courageously walk into a bright future full of limitless possibilities.  Poh obtained her first PhD from the Faculty of Medicine at UBC focusing on the biology of blood stem cells. Her experience led her to a successful career in the biotechnology sector and eventually, helped her become a successful entrepreneur with two businesses.  Poh's passion lies in developing scientific literacy in young children and is currently pursuing a second PhD at SFU.  Through her academic and industry experience, Poh has communicated her research to national and international audiences, including sharing her knowledge as a two time TEDx speaker.  She coaches graduate students to develop their oral and written skills to effectively communicate their research to different types of audiences.     

Upcoming Workshops

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Towards equal, accessible, and just scholarship: Make your work discoverable through ethical publishing

Making work publicly available and discoverable through open access publishing is the best way to ensure that publicly-funded work can benefit the wider community. The lack of access to scholarship due to paywalls impacts researchers, policy makers, activists, non-profit workers, and many others globally. This workshop will examine the sometimes complex world of open access publishing, including "gold" open access (through open access journals), "green" open access (self-archiving), hybrid journals, article processing fees, concerns about journal quality, and more.   It will include insight into publishing venues for assuring your research has the best possible visibility, accessibility, and impact.

A few questions this session will help to answer:

  • What are the options for making work open access at SFU?
  • How is SFU leading sustainable publishing initiatives through the Public Knowledge Project (PKP)?
  • How can you track the impact and reach of work deposited in Summit?
  • How can you assess potential publishing venues?
  • What rights can you retain to your published research?
  • What are predatory publishers and how can you avoid them?
Kate Shuttleworth is a Digital Scholarship Librarian at SFU. She has a Master’s in Library and Information Studies from UBC and a BA in Communications Studies from the University of Calgary. Kate’s passion for open scholarship originated from her work at cIRcle, UBC’s institutional repository, where she streamlined the organization of item collections and encouraged researchers to self-archive their work. In her role at SFU Kate is an advocate of ethical publishing practices and helps to administer the Central Open Access Fund and promote the Open Access Policy.

Upcoming Workshops

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

President's Dream Colloquium on Making Knowledge Public: Dr. Hebe Vessuri on Global Participation in Knowledge Production

Hebe Vessuri is a social anthropologist whose contributions to the social studies of science and technology have been continuous and growing for decades. She has authored 33 books and hundreds of articles, book chapters and governmental reports in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese on the dynamics of science beyond the Western core nations. Her analysis of the role of science in different social contexts appeals strongly to central issues of contemporary public policy. A pioneer of the anthropology of science with extensive experience of fieldwork in several Latin American countries, she has shown how the ethnographic studies of science can inform as much social theory as public policies. In 2006 she received in Caracas the National Prize for Science of Venezuela, in 2014 in Buenos Aires the Oscar Varsavsky Prize to the scientific trajectory in the field of Science, Technology and Society Studies granted by the Latin American Society for the Social Study of Science (ESOCITE), and in 2017 in Boston the John Desmond Bernal Prize to the Distinguished Contribution in the field of the social studies of science and technology of the Society for the Social Study of Science (4S), as well as Honourable Distinction to Scientific Merit in its first edition -2017- by the Senate of the Argentine Republic in Buenos Aires. She is currently an emeritus researcher of the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (IVIC), Visiting Professor of CIGA-UNAM Mexico, and is related to IPCSH-CENPAT/CONICET in Argentina.

Dates Location
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Presentation Studio ASB 10900)



November 8

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: