Skills for Research Impact

Skills for Research Impact is a workshop series, spanning the fall and winter semesters, for University of Guelph faculty, research staff and graduate students interested in enhancing the impact of their research. Through sessions facilitated by impact experts, participants will learn how to successfully plan, execute and evaluate knowledge mobilization (or knowledge translation and transfer) activities. Sessions will cover topics key to effective research communications and engagement of non-academic audiences, including policy, industry and community stakeholders.

Throughout the series, participants will gain skills that can be applied to their own research contexts, goals and projects. Workshops will be highly participatory and will provide practical knowledge, skills and tools that can be used right away.

Join us online for one or multiple sessions! Letters of recognition are available upon request at the end of the series for those who attended a minimum of six sessions throughout the 2022-2023 year. Please contact for more details.

Webinar access information will be provided through the EventBrite registration page.

Workshop Speaker Date and Location

Planning for Research Impact

Knowledge mobilization 101! Become familiar with knowledge mobilization plans and conceptualize strategies adapted to your goals and audiences.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define "knowledge mobilization"
  • Identify why knowledge mobilization is important
  • Identify best practices for knowledge mobilization
  • Summarize the steps involved in knowledge mobilization planning
  • Compare and contrast End of Grant KT and Integrated KT
  • Apply the principles of knowledge mobilization to their research

Register for the Planning for Research Impact session

Valerie Hruska, Knowledge Mobilization and Communications Coordinator, Research Innovation Office

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

1-2:30 p.m.

Stakeholder Engagement

Actively engaging your audiences in your research process is one of the most effective ways to increase the uptake and impact of your research. But how does that work?

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify a range of key stakeholders and potential goals for engagement
  • Consider different levels and types of stakeholder engagement before, during and following the research process
  • Incorporate practical tips and important considerations in their own engagement efforts
Register for the Stakeholder Engagement session
Caroline Duvieusart-Déry, Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator, Community Engaged Scholarship Institute

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

1-2:30 p.m.

Event Planning and Facilitation

From small workshops to large conferences and online meetings, events are an essential part of the knowledge mobilizer’s toolbox. Join us to perfect your ability to organize, host and facilitate effective events!

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Consider a range of event structures, agendas and audiences
  • Identify key steps and considerations pre-event, on site and post-event
  • Choose facilitation strategies and activities to support their event goals

Register for the Event Planning and Facilitation session

Muriel Doherty, Events Manager, & Jeanna Rex, Education Coordinator, Arrell Food Institute

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

1-2:30 p.m.

Data Visualization

Help your audience understand the patterns and key insights hidden within your datasets by transforming them into meaningful and impactful visuals.

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand what data visualization can accomplish and why it matters for knowledge mobilization
    • Choose charts, figures and other visualizations appropriate for their data
  • Identify and implement good dataviz practices
  • Get started in creating effective charts
Register for the Data Visualization session
Jennifer Marvin, Research & Scholarship Librarian, University of Guelph Library

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

1-2:30 p.m.


Podcasts are a fun and popular mode of information sharing, and they are increasingly being used in research. This session will cover why podcasting is an effective knowledge mobilization strategy as well as practical tips to planning and recording your own.

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Consider when and how to create a podcast for knowledge mobilization
  • Understand best practices  for creating a podcast
  • Identify resources at U of G and beyond for podcasting

Register for the Podcasting session

Bronwyn Korb, McLaughlin Library Media Studio

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

1-2:30 p.m.

Social Media

Learn all about the web 2.0! Discover how to choose social media platforms that are appropriate for your goals and audiences, and get tips on creating engaging posts.

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the benefits of using social media for knowledge mobilization
  • Assess their own online brand and goals for social media
  • Understand best practices in creating content that resonates for target audiences

Register for the Social Media session

Melanie Parlette-Stewart, McLaughlin Library

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

1-2:30 p.m.

This workshop series is a collaboration between the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute (CESI) and the Research Innovation Office at the University of Guelph. For more information, contact us at