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Webinar Series

MEOPAR is pleased to present our new webinar series for 2018-2019.

This free webinar series will cover a variety of topics that relate to working in marine research, including knowledge mobilization, professional development and navigating academia.

The webinars are designed to give a one-hour look at specific aspects of your career, whether you are a seasoned investigator or just starting out. The webinars supplement more formal MEOPAR opportunities such as the Annual Training Meeting and Annual Scientific Meeting. 

While the topics are chosen to relate to MEOPAR's Network of Investigators and Highly-Qualified Personnel, anyone is welcome to sign up and attend, free of charge. 

If you have ideas for future webinar topics, please send them to Laura Avery, the Training Program Coordinator.


Upcoming Webinars:

Choices and Opportunities for Academic & 'Academia Adjacent' Careers

Presented by the Kids Brain Health Network
Allison Brennan (Mitacs & Simon Fraser University) and Leslie Grad (Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research)
Thursday, October 25th, 2018 9:00-10:30 AM Pacific / 1:00-2:30 PM Atlantic

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This webinar will share stories and advice for early-career researchers to help them better understand career opportunities beyond bench and clinical research. Our guest presenters will share with us career paths that have taken them from the rigors of biomedical research to applying their skills to develop innovative research and training programs. They will also share how their organizations provide both academic and academic-adjacent (or alt-ac) opportunities for early-career researchers.

Responsible Conduct of Research

Robyn Roscoe, BC Cancer Agency Genome Sciences Centre
POSTPONED - Stay tuned for new date!

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This webinar covers what it means to create and participate in an environment that supports the responsible conduct of research. Topics include definition of responsible conduct, comparison of Canada and US approaches, and the role of the research management professional in the building a sustainable culture of responsibility.

What’s that Sound? Public and Official Perceptions of the January 2018 Tsunami Warning and Evacuation in the Alberni Valley 

Presented by MEOPAR’s Coast and Ocean Risk Communication Community of Practice (CORC CoP)
Ryan Reynolds and Alexa Tanner, University of British Columbia
Thursday, November 20, 2018 10:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Atlantic

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Imagine being woken up at 3AM by a loud siren and verbal warning to evacuate your home because a tsunami is expected to arrive soon. That was the situation the people of Port Alberni faced in the early hours of January 23rd of this year. It had been over fifty years since the Alberni Valley had been devastated by a tsunami following an earthquake in Alaska, and over 10 years since the last warning was issued.

Thankfully, this time there was no tsunami, but for many the events of that morning remain vivid. In this webinar we will talk about the responses we received from over 450 residents and 11 local officials about their experiences, how the event has changed their perceptions of tsunami risk, and what lessons can be learned from the event from a risk communication stand-point.

This research was funded by the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction.

Pitching and Presenting with Style 

Sylviane Duval, OpenTheBox - Research Navigation and Knowledge Transfer
Thursday, November 27, 2018 10:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Atlantic

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Note: This webinar will not be recorded. 

First impressions count! Because people form an opinion of you within 30 seconds of initial contact, creating a positive lasting impression is crucial—especially if you are (or want to be) an influencer. In this short session, you will learn key strategies to present yourself and your research with more impact, leaving your audience no choice but to be impressed from the start. Whether you are presenting your research at a conference or pitching it to a team of reviewers, this session is for you.


Past Webinars (2017-2018): 

From Research to Impact: Writing a Knowledge Mobilization Plan

Held on Wednesday, October 11, 2017

About the Webinar: Knowledge Mobilization (or Translation) is a burgeoning discipline in Canada and abroad. Many granting agencies, including MEOPAR, require research projects to submit a KM Plan as a part of their proposal, describing how research results will be communicated and transferred to non-academic stakeholders. In this webinar, Dr. Barwick introduced the concept of knowledge translation and provided guidance on how to develop a KM Plan for your research project. Watch the webinar below:


About the Presenter: Melanie Barwick, PhD, C.Psych is a Registered Psychologist with a primary role as Head and Senior Scientist in the Child and Youth Mental Health Research Unit (CYMHRU) within the Department of Psychiatry at SickKids Hospital in Toronto. Her focus is in implementation science, studying innovative knowledge translation and implementation strategies to facilitate the efficacy and effectiveness of research evidence use in practice across various sectors, including health, mental health, global health, and education. Her work in education and professional development includes the development of the Scientist Knowledge Translation Training program (SKTT) and the Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate (KTPC) - www.melaniebarwick.com.



"Plain Language: Make it easy for people to understand your science"

Held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Please note, this webinar is not available for rebroadcast.

Sylviane Duval, Consultant

About the Webinar: In today’s innovation- and research-rich world, we need to share complicated messages with a wide range of readers, such as granting agencies, colleagues, stakeholders and the public. Documents written in plain language offer a win-win solution for readers and writers. This session will present the background to literacy and plain language. It will also illustrate some basic principles at the structural, visual and sentence level with practical examples, and leave you with a handful of strategies that improve the clarity of your writing and visual style—and ultimately, your message. 

About the Presenter: After working at McGill University and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Sylviane grew the research communications business she launched in 2003 into a consultancy focusing on knowledge transfer, research navigation, and business/soft-skills training for scientists. Her clients—mostly university research networks and knowledge-based organizations—benefit from a reliable, focused partner who cuts through barriers so they don’t have to. She is a Co-founder of the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization. She sits on national and international boards supporting the ethical and accessible communication of science, and a national advisory committee promoting the protection of intellectual property. She is fluently bilingual (English/French). Her website can be found here.


Social Media: Building Your Personal Brand - In Partnership with the SMRTS Seminars Program

Held on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

Kate Headley, MsCommuniKate Public Relations

About the Webinar: Social media is a powerful information-sharing tool — and not just for cat memes and #fakenews. This webinar will outline basic approaches to maintaining a social media presence, audience growth and content marketing. Participants will gain concrete ideas for how they can use social media to best market themselves and their work to the right audiences, including potential research partners and employers.

About the Presenter: Kate has honed her strategic communications and marketing skills working with organizations such as United Way, the Canadian Nurses Association and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. She’s worked with the federal government, small start-ups and much in between. Since starting her independent consulting practice in 2016, Kate has lent her expertise to the House of Commons, Canadian Health Coalition, Canadian Medical Association, Reconciliation Canada, Export Development Canada and others. 

She has a special interest in associations, non-profit and health care, but is versatile in her ability to work with any sector. An avid reader of news and stories, Kate is a committed collaborator who brings fresh, big sky perspective and actions careful details to help clients realize meaningful success. 

Originally from Ottawa, Kate holds a bachelor's degree in communications and political science from the University of Ottawa and a public relations diploma from Toronto's Humber College. She is a board of directors member with Dress for Success Ottawa, and founder of Underpants Up, a charity project that collects underwear, socks and other personal items for local shelters.



How to Write an Effective Resumé

This webinar was held on February 7.

Michelle Fitzgerald, KBRS

About the Webinar: This seminar outlines a framework for developing a strong resumé, and provides a renewed ability to market to prospective employers. Key areas covered in this seminar are:
- Understand how to create an effective resumé
- Learn the components of a strong resumé
- Identify accomplishments and develop accomplishment statements
- Resumé do’s and don’ts
- How to craft a strong cover letter
- References and how to manage them

About the Presenter: 

Michelle has focused on organizational change, strategy, team effectiveness, engagement and facilitation throughout her 20-year career.

Prior to consulting, she held progressively senior roles in health care. It was as Director of Communications for one of Nova Scotia’s first health authorities and as a member of its senior team during a period of major health reform that she was first introduced to organizational change. She gained further experience as the Change Lead for a Canadian insurance company as it doubled its size and market presence through acquisition.

Michelle is a certified facilitator of Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge's Leadership Essentials suite of workshops -  including Coaching for Results, Change Solutions, Strategic Impact and Developing Personal Resilience – as well as the award-winning The Accountable Manager.

She is a certified to deliver DiSC assessments – including Leadership, Career Management and Job-Fit Hiring assessments - and has her accreditation from the International Association of Business Communicators (ABC.)