The Next Generation: Students and Young Professionals in Knowledge Mobilization

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Presentation at 2014 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, June 9-10, 2014: The Next Generation: Students and Young Professionals in Knowledge Mobilization by …

Presentation at 2014 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, June 9-10, 2014: The Next Generation: Students and Young Professionals in Knowledge Mobilization by

Elizabeth Shantz
Knowledge Mobilization Officer
Canadian Water Network

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  • 1. The Next Generation:The Next Generation: Students and Young Professionals in Knowledge Mobilization Elizabeth Shantz Knowledge Mobilization Officer
  • 2. What do students and young professionals want to learn? #1: “Soft skills” training - knowledge mobilization, communications, social media
  • 3. 1. How do we build capacity for KMb? 2. What lessons have we learned? 3. What has the impact been?
  • 4. Research Project Involvement “It’s been part of our philosophy to get students, in the course of their research projects, to be actively involved with the end users or the public, instead of the professor doing all the contact work and the student working away in the lab.” – Graham Daborn, CWN-funded researcher
  • 5. Week-long Workshops Focus on watersheds and water issues - Ottawa: Water policy-making - Iqaluit: Northern challenges - Northumberland Strait: Estuaries and watershed management - Okanagan Basin: Managing resources for water sustainability
  • 6. Regional Workshops 2-day workshops, focus on soft skills - Communications and media training - Leadership skills - Community outreach
  • 7. “Through CWN workshops I have been able to broaden my network of water-related science professionals that I have been able to call upon in times of research needs [and] research translation for public consumption.”
  • 8. Lessons Learned • Energy and enthusiasm to learn KMb • Opportunities to meet and learn from end users is very valuable • Networking opportunities with a broad group• Networking opportunities with a broad group •Student directed activity
  • 9. “SYP taught me how to talk science to professionals, policy analysts and non-scientists; how to facilitate science-policy liaison.” “[The workshops] have helped further my sense of the need to acquire the best and most complete science and information… in such a way as to effectscience and information… in such a way as to effect informed debate and decision making.” “I think that CWN... piqued my interest in being involved in the bigger picture of water-related decision making.”
  • 10. “It really helped me learn how to work with people from other disciplines. We don’t always speak the same language and we don’t always approach a problem in the same ways... I [also] think it helped me learn... to work with end users, trying to understand what their needs are.” – Sarah Dorner “[CWN] gave us exposure to so many different aspects of not just research and working in the lab, but how to write a research proposal, how to prepare a scientific resume, how to deal with the media... to gain those soft skills that otherwise I wouldn’t have. And I’m using those very much in my job.” – Annie Locas
  • 11. 1. How do you build capacity for KMb? 2. What lessons have you learned? 3. What has the impact of your training been?
  • 12. www.cwn-rce.ca eshantz@cwn-rce.ca