Campus-community collaboration

How can Academics and NGOs work together? Some smart new ideas

Duncan Green, Strategic Adviser for Oxfam Great Britain

This blog first appeared in and is reposted with the author’s permission. It reviews a new report published by Carnegie Trust in the UK, underscoring how academics and NGOs might better work together to affect policy and practice. Highly relevant to help inform discussions underway in Canada on how to build evidenced-based policy. Tell us what you think @ideas_idees!

Just finished ‘Interaction’, a thought-provoking report on ‘How can academics and the third sector work together to influence policy and practice’.en by ...

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The Power of the Arts

Jean-Marc Mangin Executive Director, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

This weekend, Carleton University and the Michaëlle Jean Foundation held the first Power of the Arts National Forum. It was a resounding success. I have rarely taken part in a conference that resonated with so much energy and hope for our country. The Forum participants, consisting of artists, researchers, community workers, students and various health professionals, developed an action plan for the following themes:

  • Physical and mental health
  • Citizenship and democratic...

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2013 Foundation of Endangered Languages Conference

The 2013 FEL Conference (The Seventeenth Conference of the Foundation for Endangered Languages) will be held at Carleton University, in Ottawa, the capital of Canada and headquarters of the country’s national Aboriginal organizations. The many endangered Indigenous languages across Canada make it an excellent setting for a conference that will explore collaboration, community involvement, and cross-disciplinary research on endangered languages. The conference will...

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Examining the growing trend of engaged research in the social sciences & humanities

This article first appeared in Re$earch Money.

By Dr. Ted Hewitt

Research conducted in the post-secondary sector has in the past been regarded as too inwardly focused. Yet there is increasing evidence of a broad "opening-up" of the academy to research collaboration with a wide variety of partners in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. This trend was recently underscored in the US by a National Science Foundation report released in August 2012.

The study found that the percentage of total R&D monies attracted by US universities and transferred to external research partners for the purposes of collaboration increased from 10% in 2000 to over 15% in 2009. Notably, funds passed by universities to the private sector for this purpose grew most quickly during the period, accounting for just under two-thirds of the more than $4 billion transferred in 2009.

In Canada, a similar trend is occurring across all disciplines...

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RSC Annual General Meeting: Celebrating 130 Years Spanning Three Centuries

Join us as we celebrate 130 years of: promoting Canadian research and scholarly accomplishment in both of Canada’s official languages; recognizing academic and artistic excellence; and advising governments, NGOs and the Canadian public, on matters of public importance. Three days of scholarly programming have been organized to interest Fellows, as well as their families and friends.

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RSC Annual Symposium: The New Science of Child Development

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) invites you to our Annual Symposium, The New Science of Child Development presented by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).
Our Symposium on early childhood development will explore in depth the multi-faceted factors that shape the health, education, and psychological well-being of our children. Dr. W. Thomas Boyce, as well as eight multidisciplinary experts will document different facets of this new knowledge, examine how it helps us understand the role of early environment in development, and discuss the extent to which it can be harnessed to guide current and new programs and policy in Canada. Please join this very important discussion on how we can improve the development and quality of life of our future generations.
This event is open to the public.

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Big Thinking, S&T report and community engagement

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Last week, Ken Coates, Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation, presented the first Big Thinking lecture of the season on inclusive innovation. You can now watch a video of the lecture above.

The Council of Canadian Academies released its report, The State of Science and Technology in Canada, today. CFHSS is pleased to note that the report highlights the contributions of research in the arts, humanities and social sciences to Canada’s research enterprise. Read CFHSS’s full statement on the report here.

Earlier this week, the...

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