Workshops and Events at Research Hub

Writing Retreat Wednesdays

Writing a paper for class? Writing a journal article for publication or have you begun your thesis writing journey?  Join Research Hub's Writing Retreat Wednesdays every last Wednesday of the month.  At each retreat, you'll learn a variety of writing strategies, acquire a clear understanding of academic writing conventions and expectations, and an opportunity to practice key writing and learning elements on your own work. 

Place: Research Hub, Education Building 8515, SFU Burnaby Campus
Date:  Every last Wednesday of the month (except for December)
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


  • Workshop: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Facilitated Writing Support: 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Coming Retreats

November 27, 2019
What is Your Research Question?

One or several research questions (RQs) should be the backbone of your research process from start to finish. Your RQs guide your research, ground your analyses, and focus your writing. A project’s RQs may require slight adjustments here and there but should never be lost entirely. Come to this discussion to re-ground your research or writing process in this foundational element, and possibly even practice developing and clearly stating (or re-stating) your research questions.

Registration for each workshop opens three weeks before start date. Register early as spaces are limited to only 15 participants. Lunch, snacks, coffee and tea will be provided.

Past Retreat

September 25, 2019
Enhancing Your Academic Writing in Graduate Studies

Academic writing in graduate studies requires students to level-up their skills and focus to engage fully in scholarly discourse. General tips like “write every day” and “demonstrate critical thinking” can fall flat without more knowledge of specific approaches for writing and revising. Join today’s workshop to learn more about academic writing style, analysis, argumentation, and using sources in ways that will empower you to excel in your graduate writing projects.

October 30, 2019
Developing a Conceptual Framework for your Research

  • Define Theoretical and Conceptual Frameworks
  • Demonstrate how reading and thinking critically can help to understand others’ Conceptual Frameworks
  • Discuss and exemplify building a Conceptual Framework for a research project

Digital Publication and Copyright

Time: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Place: The Research Hub, EDB 8515, Burnaby Campus
Presenter: Donald Taylor, University Copyright Officer and Research Repository Coordinator

Are you interested in publishing your academic work, extending the reach of your research, and developing your online presence? 

Join us for tips and tools to increase your copyright confidence when publishing and sharing your work online. SFU’s Copyright Office will explain your rights as an author and describe how publishing agreements, copyright laws and SFU policies affect how and where you can post your work and how it can be used by others. We will also share sources of openly licensed images and other content that you can freely re-use in your work.

Bring your questions and experiences. Registration Required.

Reading/Thinking/Doing (RTD) Club

The Reading/Thinking/Doing (RTD) club is about discussion, dialogue and exchange of ideas on explorations in Education with posthumanist/new materialist scholarships.  We are three PhD students, (Magali, Jacky and Poh) who are interested in tackling this idea with others.  Our second meeting is on November 20, 2019 from 3:00pm - 4:00pm following Dr. Natalie Sinclair's presentation on "Imagining a Posthuman Education" in the Research Hub. We will focus our discussion on the topic of causality.  If you can't make it that day, we meet every third Wednesday of every month.  This is a drop-in club.

Place: Research Hub, EDB 8518, Burnaby Campus
Date:  Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

No Registration Required. Drop in.
To see the event's page on Facebook, click here.

The Languages, Cultures and Literacies (LCL) Public Lecture Series

Organized by Dr. Angel Lin’s Translanguaging and Trans-semiotizing Research Group with support from the Research Hub.

A series of public lectures will be given by leading researchers in Canada and from around the world in October and November. Click here for full schedule and details.

Tea Thursdays

Time: Thursday, November 28, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
EDUC 8515, Research Hub, Burnaby Campus

Connect, chat and collaborate with other graduate students Education about:

  • research ideas,
  • potential collaborations,
  • writing and finishing together,
  • challenges and highlights of the grad journey.

Tea Thursdays are open to all registered Education graduate students who want to make connections with others to build upon collaborative and collective relationships towards potential research partnerships.  Conversations and dialogue can begin as tiny sparks of common interest to roaring flames of research community.  If you feel you're still seeking your research and graduate community in your grad journey, drop-in to Tea Thursdays at the Research Hub every third Thursday of the month.  Each Tea Thursday is hosted by a guest graduate student(s) and occasionally Faculty. Tea and cookies are provided by the Research Hub.

No registration required, this is a drop-in event.  Bring yourself and let's start helping each other.

The Possible's Slow Fuse

Time: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m
Place: EDB 8515, Research Hub, Burnaby Campus

Speaker: Dr. Nathalie Sinclair

Imagine a Posthuman Education

Posthuman perspectives invite us to de-centre the human and thus re-think our understanding of identity, intentionality and causation. Within such a perspective, we can ask: how to imagine what it might mean to think, to be, to feel and to learn in less human-centric ways? What forms of agency are we prepared to give up? How can different disciplines, such as mathematics, help students appreciate and live in a more-than-human world? Given the environmental conditions of the Anthropocene, we might also ask, what might the world look like without humans? And as educators, we can further ask, what role does education plan in preparing students for such a world?


The Possible’s Slow Fuse is a scholarly dialogue series organized by the Centre for Imagination in Research, Culture & Education (CIRCE) and the Research Hub of the Faculty of Education. Our 2019 series offers six stimulating discussions about the nature and role of imagination in research and education, facilitated by scholars from diverse fields in education–arts, indigeneity, technology, teacher education, mathematics, and aesthetics. We invite you to bring your ideas and questions, and share and celebrate learning and discovery together. Learn more