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Interdisciplinary sessions at Congress

Published on May 5, 2016

Can we all get along? Bridging the quantitative-qualitative divide, co-hosted by SAGE Publishing: http://congress2016.ca/program/events/can-we-all-get-along-bridging-quantitative-qualitative-divide

The divide between numbers and stories has a long history in social science and humanities research, a tension highlighted by the advent of big data. But there’s a way out of this artificial dilemma – use the method that best suits your goal. In this workshop, eminent practitioners from all the methods camps – quantitative, qualitative and mixed – will come together to offer practical advice about using their individual tool kits and helping you make your research more insightful.

Speakers include: Alex Clark, Advisory Board Chair of International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, and professor and associate dean of research nursing at the University of Alberta.

The professor as social innovator – evolving roles on campus and in communities, co-hosted by Mitacs: http://congress2016.ca/program/events/professor-social-innovator-evolving-roles-campus-and-communities

Professors are essential, but often underappreciated actors within innovation systems. But constrained university budgets have contributed to increasing pressures on faculty. A new generation increasingly requires professors to not only equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to have successful careers, but also to have a meaningful impact in their communities and the world.

Amidst new challenges come new opportunities for social innovation. To explore the role of the professor as a social innovator, Mitacs will convene a panel of leading Canadian academics to discuss how the role of the professor has changed over the past two decades, whether universities/ governments/others are doing enough to support professors in their changing role(s), and what skills and resources are needed to promote social innovation.

Getting radically interdisciplinary with the sciences: The why and how of collaborations with natural and biomedical researchers, co-hosted with Genome Canada, http://congress2016.ca/program/events/getting-interdisciplinary-sciences-why-and-how-collaborations-natural-and

What’s the benefit of radically interdisciplinary collaborations between social science/humanities researchers and natural/biomedical scientists? How do these collaborations advance individual researchers’ work as well as larger societal goals? How can funders and academic institutions encourage such collaborations to be more frequent and productive? Genome Canada, a leading Canadian sponsor of radically interdisciplinary research through its Genomics in Society program, is convening this panel to share insights with social science and humanities researchers, university administrators and other funding agencies.

Panellists: Tania Bubela, School of Public Health, University of Alberta; Graham Carr, Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies, Concordia University;  Kari Doerksen, Director of Business Development, Genome Prairie.

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