Save the dates: CESI Workshop (November 7) & Research Shop Symposium (November 8)

7 and 8 November 2019 in Guelph, Canada

For 10 years, the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute’s (CESI) Research Shop has trained graduate student researchers to work with community organizations, supporting them to design and implement research that addresses community-identified priorities. This milestone will be marked with a workshop and symposium.

Fostering and Sustaining Community-University Research in Changing Times: A Workshop with Science Shop Experts

Thursday, November 7, 2019
10am – 3:00pm
10C Shared Space; 42 Carden Street

Led by international Science Shop experts Emma McKenna (Queen’s University Belfast) and Henk Mulder (University of Groningen), this workshop will be tailored towards those currently engaged in, or interested in engaging in, community-university research and community engagement (including staff, faculty, students, community members, and research practitioners). It will aim to enable and inspire participants by building relationships and fostering an international knowledge exchange, tackling questions such as:

  • How can we effectively document the impact(s) of community-engaged research?
  • How can we be responsible, resilient, and flexible in times of institutional and/or political change?
  • How can we be responsive to community needs?
  • How can we use community-engaged work to create policy changes and/or culture shifts?

Guelph’s Research Shop in an International Context: A Symposium

Friday, November 8, 2019
9am – 3:30pm; Reception from 3:30-5:00pm
University of Guelph Arboretum Auditorium

This symposium will explore practical approaches to community-university collaboration and ground-level impacts of the work done through the Research Shop. CESI staff will share the findings of recent research about the Research Shop’s impacts for community organizations’ practices and student researchers’ learning and professional development. International Science Shop experts Emma McKenna (Queen’s University Belfast) and Henk Mulder (University of Groningen) will deliver an engaging keynote, and two multidisciplinary panels will explore the impacts of Research Shop collaboration and articulate the varying ways in which collaborators build and sustain productive relationships. Additional knowledge, research outputs, and stories of experience will be shared via digital stories and research posters.

We are looking forward to connecting with staff, faculty, students, alumni and community – this event will be open to all and will be offered free of charge.