Knowledge Exchange School

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You are invited to attend Western's inaugural Knowledge Exchange School, which will be held between December 10-12, 2019. We will be accepting applications for the 40 available seats until December 1.

While registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, we will be taking into consideration representation by faculty, staff and trainees/postdoctoral scholars, as well as by discipline.


Please register today, briefly describing your reasons for wanting to attend. All selected applicants will be notified on December 2, 2019.


For questions about accessibility, or to request accommodations, please contact Mariam Hayward (519-661-2111 ext. 84502).

Overall Goal

Foster increased learning about the practical aspects of effective knowledge exchange and available resources to advance research at Western. These sessions are hosted by Research Western, in partnership with Western Libraries, School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies and BrainsCAN.

Value Added

Attendees will learn about resources and tools that can give them an edge in grant applications by learning how to develop more robust knowledge exchange plans, integrate EDI considerations, develop a variety of research outputs tailored to different audiences, and tell the story of their research for increased impact!

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Develop an effective and feasible knowledge exchange research strategy
  • Integrate knowledge exchange into grant applications to strengthen the overall proposal
  • Plan and appropriately budget for knowledge exchange activities
  • Develop appropriate evaluations of research and knowledge exchange activities
  • Develop research data management plans
  • Develop and operationalize a five-year research program
  • Measure and report on research impact
  • Meet Tri-Council open access requirements and enhance the reach of scholarly outputs
  • Enhance writing of scholarly publications through strategies for increasing persuasiveness and clarity while demystifying grammar
  • Tell your research story through various tactics to reach a wide variety of audiences


All sessions are in the Kellogg Room, Taylor Library. Download a copy of the schedule.

Developing Successful Research Programs & Measuring Impact | Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Introduction to Knowledge Exchange

9-10 a.m.

Overview of knowledge exchange – what is it and why is it important? This session will discuss partnered research, knowledge exchange and feasibility considerations.
Nadine Wathen,
Faculty of Information & Media Studies and Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing
Measuring and Reporting Research Impact

10-11 a.m.
Overview of scholarly impact metrics and tools available at Western. This session will also explore broader research impact and integration into CVs.

Anita Kothari,
Faculty of Health Sciences

Qing Liu,
Research Western

Developing a Research Program

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

This hands-on workshop will walk attendees through the strategic planning required to build and maintain a research program. Mariam Hayward,
Research Western

Swati Mehta,
St. Joseph’s Health Centre

Networking Lunch

12-1 p.m.

Knowledge Exchange for Successful Grant Applications | Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Integrating Knowledge Exchange into Grants

9-10 a.m.

How do you create a robust knowledge exchange plan? This session will highlight tips and tricks of grant writing with integrated knowledge exchange.
Mariam Hayward,
Research Western
Knowledge Exchange Evaluation  

10-11 a.m.
This session will provide an overview of evaluation designs, methods and tools to assess the success of knowledge exchange efforts in achieving the intended impacts. Anita Kothari,
Faculty of Health Sciences

Research Data Management & Open Access

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

What is research data management and open access? What are the Tri-Council policies? This session will provide an overview highlighting resources available at Western. Time will be provided to connect with Western libraries on how they can assist. Kristi Thompson, Elizabeth Hill, Kristin Hoffmann and Courtney Waugh
Western Libraries

Networking Lunch

12-1 p.m.

Communicating Research Outputs To and Beyond Academia | Thursday, December 12, 2019

Writing Scholarly Output

9-10:30 a.m.

Instruction for writing for scholarly publication, strategies to increase persuasiveness and clarity, and demystify grammar.
Mark Goldszmidt,
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Communicating Beyond An Academic Audience

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
This session will explore the importance of storytelling in profiling research. A number of knowledge exchange activities will be explored including: 1) arts-based knowledge exchange, 2) video and website creation, 3) plain language research summaries, and 4) Western’s institutional repository Scholarship@Western. Douglas Keddy
Research Western

Eugenia Canas
Faculty of Information & Media Studies

James Shelley
Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing

Jonathan Deeks

Mariam Hayward
Research Western

Tom Adam
Western Libraries

Networking Lunch

12-1 p.m.


For more information, please contact Mariam Hayward, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Manager (519-661-2111 ext. 84502).