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Recap: Interdisciplinary Research Forum (Sept. 28, 2016)

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MEOPAR hosted an Interdisciplinary Forum on September 28, 2016 in Ottawa, ON.

On Wednesday, September 28 at the Delta Ottawa, MEOPAR hosted a forum about interdisciplinary (marine) research for marine (and other discipline) ‘experts’: our network researchers, external investigators, and our Highly Qualified People (our student ‘researchers-in-training’). This opportunity acknowledges the importance of interdisciplinarity expected of researchers (in practice and required by funding bodies) yet recognizes the gap in formal academic preparation about the topic.

The forum was co-facilitated by six of our HQP and is the third and final deliverable further to their sponsorship by MEOPAR in our first international interdisciplinary marine research initiative in Cape Town, South Africa (November 2015).  


Primary Objectives

1) to provide a venue for dialogue about research integration amongst marine research producers and marine research users

2) to produce researcher and research user-generated recommendations re: successful research integration strategies

3) to connect research integration with the knowledge transfer and exchange processes



  1. the participants were introduced to themes for an interdisciplinary research Call for Proposals developed by the six Forum HQP leads
  2. the participants co-developed recommendations for successful research integration with other discipline researchers
  3. a Call for Interdisciplinary Research Proposals will be announced by MEOPAR in its Cycle II (2017-2022)


Featured Speakers

Guest faculty speakers represented Canadian and international perspectives, and have demonstrated expertise in the ‘lessons learned’ from their successful interdisciplinary research integration:

Dr. Jackie Dawson, Honourary Scholar Chair & MEOPAR Principal Investigator, University of Ottawa
Dr. Leslie Mabon, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland
Dr. Barbara Neis, MEOPAR Principal Investigator, Memorial University, Newfoundland and Labrador


Event Agenda

7:30 a.m.: Breakfast/networking; Showcase setup

8:00 a.m.: Welcome & Introductions, Dr. Jackie Dawson

8:30 a.m.: Interactive icebreaker

9:00 a.m.: Remarks, Dr. Leslie Mabon

9:45 a.m.: Small group work

10:00 a.m.: Break/networking

10:30 a.m.: Remarks, Dr. Barbara Neis

11:45 a.m.: Small group work

1:00 p.m.: Lunch, presentation of Interdisciplinary Call for Proposals themes & networking

2:00 p.m.: Talking circles

3:00 p.m.: Break/networking

3:15 p.m.: World café

4:15 p.m.: Large group reporting back: ‘recommendations for integration’

5:00 p.m.: Closing/reflections


To learn more about this event, please contact MEOPAR Training Coordinator Tanya Crawford at tanya.crawford@meopar.ca.

When Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 7:30am

Where Ottawa, Ontario

*Event registration must be done before Wednesday, August 31, 2016.