Catalyst Conference Fund for Public Engagement

2023-24 Funding Cycle
Fund Opening January 8, 2024. Closing February 16, 2024. 

The Catalyst Conference Fund for Public Engagement supports conference organizers in creating opportunities for public engagement as part of large events. The fund is designed to support academic conferences that align with the goals and objectives of Memorial’s View the Framework (Vision, Values, Goals and Objectives) by encouraging opportunities for public participation in conference activities.

Amount of award
The fund offers up to $5,000 to support academic conferences that demonstrate public involvement and engagement.  A total of $25,000 is available in the fund for the 2022-23 fiscal year. 

Please see the Catalyst Conference Fund Guide for more information about fund eligibility and other details.

For program questions, please contact:

If you are looking for support in planning/executing your event, the team at Memorial’s Conference and Event Services can help. Email to inquire or visit to learn about onsite, virtual and hybrid convening options as well as conference management services.

Awarded Conferences

2022-23 Funding Cycle

  • Jennifer Donnon and Lisa Bishop (School of Pharmacy). Evidence to Policy Symposium.
  • Evan Edinger and Simone Cominelli (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences). NL ENGO Conference 2023.
  • Nancy Pedri (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences). The Aesthetics of Contamination: Oceanic Environments, Identities, Intermedial Research Creation.
  • Stephen Ellenbogen (School of Social Work). Exchange 2023 Conference.
  • Kelly Vodden (School of Science and the Environment, Grenfell).  Shift in Consciousness Conference.

2021-22 Funding Cycle

  • Chelsee Arbour (The School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies). The Labrador Research Forum 2022.
  • Amanda Bittner (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences). Resetting the Agenda: Discursive constructions of Gender, Race, Indigeneity and Disability.  
  • Tony Fang (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences). Enhancing and Celebrating Workforce Diversity in NL.
  • David Gill (Faculty of Education). PATT on the Edge, Technology Education and Innovation.
  • Bojan Furst (The Harris Centre). Waste to Value Forum.
  • Len Zedel (Faculty of Science). Acoustics Week in Canada.

2020-21 Funding Cycle

  • Margo Wilson (Faculty of Medicine. Discipline of Emergency Medicne).  Creating Space: The Canadian Association for Health Humanities.
  • Bojan Furst (The Harris Centre).  ISISA 2021: Sharing Lessons: Sharing Stories.  (The International Small Islands Studies Association).
  • Sulaimon Giwa (School of Social Work). LGBTQ2S+ Community and Police Action Dialogue.
  • Atanu Sarkar (Faculty of Medicne. Division of Community Health and Humanities). Regeneration: Soil, Food, Community
  • Anne Burke. (Faculty of Education). Augmenting Reality-Enhancing the Reach of Visual Arts and Literacy.