Research with Social Impact: Sharing Stories, Strategies and Best Practices

When: Tuesday, June 7 from 6.15 to 7.30 pm
Harbour Centre, Room 1510 (SFU Vancouver Campus)

As junior scholars with big ideas, how do you do, design and disseminate research for and with social impact? Specifically:

  • How do you translate your findings in a way that people without a PhD can understand?
  • How do you get media and other outlets to care?
  • How do you work with communities to ensure that your research is relevant and useful to those communities?
  • What do you do if your words/findings are misrepresented or misunderstood by media/communities?

This informal roundtable brings together Postdoctoral Fellows from various disciplines at Simon Fraser University for an open and candid discussion on 'Research with social impact: Sharing stories, strategies and best practices'. The following Postdoctoral Fellows will kick-off the discussion by sharing their experiences:

  1. Emma Griffiths, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, will share her experience interacting with the BC Centre for Disease Control, the National Microbiology Laboratory and other public health agencies on different human health data sharing and integration projects.
  2. Shayna Plaut, School for International Studies, will be discussing her work with various media and journalistic outlets including: Global Reporting Centre, CBC, the Tyee and Global News
  3. Jon Thomas, Beedie School of Business, will discuss his experience as the first business postdoc at the Centre for Drug Research and Development, examining S&T commercialization at the intersection of biotechnology and nanotechnology.
  4. Jemma Tosh is a postdoctoral research assistant in the Faculty of Health Sciences and author of 'Perverse Psychology: The Pathologization of Sexual Violence and Transgenderism' (Routledge, 2015) and 'Psychology and Gender Dysphoria: Feminist and Transgender Perspectives' (Routledge, 2016). Jemma will be talking about her research and campaigning against gender conversion therapies with transgender youth.

We are looking forward to having an informal conversation and skill-sharing with a variety of people in different fields and with different linguistic, disciplinary and Indigenous/non-Indigenous, and national backgrounds. If you are interested in joining the discussion next to the three Postdoctoral Fellows mentioned earlier, please contact us at

All Postdoctoral Fellows at SFU and other institutions are welcome to attend. We will have an opportunity to continue the conversation afterwards at a local pub/eatery.