Knowledge mobilization webinar series

Friday, May 1, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

How governments and organizations use academic science

A dynamic discussion-style webinar featuring representatives from the government and non-profit sectors sharing stories about how they gather, analyze, utilize and communicate academic research to advance their organization’s mandate. Researchers will learn what they can do to make it easier to support the implementation of their research into policy, plans, and products.

Register for the webinar here.

Who should participate:
Researchers, students and young professionals who are interested in how to enhance implementation of their research and build partnerships with government agencies and non-profit organizations.

About the Panelists

Elizabeth Hendriks is Vice-President of the National Freshwater Program at WWF-Canada, one of Canada’s oldest conservation organizations. She has fifteen years’ experience working internationally and nationally on water policy and in 2017, she led the release of the first national assessment of the health and stressors to Canada’s freshwater. The Watershed Reports were created over two years in collaboration with academics and freshwater experts from across Canada. With her team she is now working to reverse the decline of freshwater ecosystems across the country in the intersection of policy, technology, and community building. She received her BA in International Development from Dalhousie University and her Masters from the University of Waterloo.

Chris Parsons has been working as a Stream and Watershed Biogeochemist at Environment and Climate Change Canada for the last eight months. Prior to that position, he was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo, where he worked on a number of Global Water Futures projects. His academic expertise is in nutrient cycling in freshwater sediments. Chris will offer his perspective as someone who recently transitioned from academia to government. 

Patricia Chambers is a Senior Scientist with Environment and Climate Change Canada at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington, Ontario. Dr. Chambers received her B.Sc. from Trent University and her Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Her research focuses on a variety of scientific problems, in particular the effects of human activity such as industrial operations, agricultural land use, and sewage discharge on the chemistry and biology of lakes and rivers. This research has contributed to the development of science-based policies with respect to the Great Lakes, Lake Winnipeg and Canada’s Oil Sands. Throughout her career, Patricia has maintained close ties with academia as a supervisor of PhD and MSc students as well as post-doctoral fellows, Adjunct Professorships with the University of Alberta and University of New Brunswick, and involvement with the Canadian Water Network and the Global Institute for Water Security.

This webinar is part of the 2020 KM webinar series, Partner Voices: KM Stories and Skills for Successful Collaborations. We are engaging the voices of partners, water practitioners, and KM experts to share a diversity of perspectives on how KM skills and engagements translate into successful collaborations with research impact. The series is hosted by The Knowledge Mobilization Core Team which provides advice and support for KM initiatives funded under the Global Water Futures program. Learn more about the webinar series here.