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Read the Office of Public Engagement's 2021 Annual Update

The Office of Public Engagement (OPE) is happy to share our 2021 Annual Update. Hear from our leadership, learn more about our funds, and get a sense of what we're planning for the next 12 months. 


Relationships, Reciprocity and Relevance: Building Healthy Community-University Partnerships

More and more students, faculty, and staff at Canadian universities are exploring ways to make their research, teaching and learning, and public engagement relevant, accessible and aligned with the community. It’s a positive development, but how do we ensure that these efforts are equitable, respectful, and useful to the communities that we serve?

Join us April 5th for a virtual panel. 


Training Opportunity for University Leadership

Are you a university leader seeking to make public or community engagement a priority within your institution, faculty or department? Consider attending this leadership and executive focused training opportunity, presented by Engagement Academy for University Leaders and Memorial University, July 13-15, 2022.



Into the Spotlight: A Conversation about Being a Public Academic

Public scholarship can have a powerful impact.

Join us for a panel hosted by Dr. Isabelle Dostaler, Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration and frequent media commentator, featuring experienced public scholars from Memorial for a discussion about their experiences.


Engage Memorial Webinar: Building the Future of Collaboration between Rural NL and Memorial

The connections between rural Newfoundland and Labrador and Memorial University run deep. Join our panel host, Dr. Kelly Vodden, rural researcher and Associate VP (Grenfell Campus) as she leads a conversation about where we have been and where our public engagement relationships need to go in the future.



New funding for public engagement at conferences and events

The Catalyst Conference Fund offers up to $5000 to help conference organizers include opportunities for public engagement in large events.  



Nominate an outstanding community-university partnership for a President's Award

Nominations for the 2020 President's Award for Public Engagement Partnerships are open now! 


UPDATED INFORMATION: Classrooms, teaching labs and study rooms closing on all campuses

Updated opening hours and occupancy limits for computer labs that remain open for students who do not have personal computer access for remote learning.


Faculty Unite over Public Engagement

The upcoming edition of the Faculty Club on Thursday February 20, will feature Dr. Lisa Rankin and Dr. Shannon Lewis Simpson discussing their experience incorporating public engagement into teaching and learning, field research and how and why students benefit from the approach.

Read more about this initiative in the Gazette.



President's Choice

The Innu Language Project has been named the recipient of the 2019 President’s Award for Public Engagement Partnership.

Read more about how Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie and Mamu Tshishkutamashutau/Innu Education (MTIE), the Labrador Innu School Board's are collaboratively working on their common goal of maintaining Innu-aimun as a living language passed on from one generation to the next.

Survey says ...

Developing and administering a public engagement survey has been a game changer for Kelly Greenfield, Scott Taylor and Kirstan Dyson. 

 “Every student should be encouraged to think about their research in terms of whether they can engage a public partner ... And the public should be viewing Memorial as a resource and a place to reach out to if they need help.”

Read more in the Gazette



Conference on higher education

The Role of Universities and Other Institutions of Higher Education in Facilitating Economic, Social and Cultural Development in Peripheral Regions, Nov. 14th and 15th. This conference will take place at the Emera Innovation Exchange, Signal Hill Campus of Memorial University, 100 Signal Hill Road, St. John’s, NL.

This conference is jointly sponsored by the CARE (Collaborative Applied Research in Economics) initiative, the Department of Economics (MUN), SITA (Scholarship in the Arts), and the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Waterford, Ireland.

Those interested in attending should register by emailing or


Nominate a Partnership for the President's Award for Public Engagement

Nominations are now being accepted for the President’s Award for Public Engagement Partnerships. 


Survey on Public Engagement

Our public engagement survey is now open!
Click here to find out more.


Quick Start 2019 is now open!

The Quick Start Fund for Public Engagement offers up to $2500 in support for public engagement projects involving new university-community collaborations, such as preliminary meetings, events and service learning projects.



The Office of Public Engagement has moved

It's official: we've moved into our space at Memorial's new Signal Hill Campus.

If you've got a meeting booked with us at our space, make sure you head to 100 Signal Hill Rd. instead of our old location. You can find us in office 2006 of the new facility. We can't wait to show you around!



Memorial’s Battery Facility to host international conference exploring community-university collaboration

This October, Memorial’s new innovation and public engagement hub on Signal Hill will open its doors to researchers and community members from across the province, country, and world, for People, Place, and Public Engagement, a conference exploring community-university collaboration.


The Quick Start Fund for Public Engagement is now open!

Are you looking for funding to support your new university-community collaborations? Look no further! The Quick Start Fund for Public Engagement is now open!



The Public Engagement Accelerator Fund is open for applications!

The Public Engagement Accelerator Fund offers up to $10,000 in support of the initiation or extension of public engagement projects that link to Memorial’s mission. 

President's Award for Public Engagement Partnerships - Accepting Nominations

Do you know of an exemplary university-public partnership? The President's Award for Public Engagement Partnerships is accepting nominations until July 7


Quick Start Fund for Public Engagement - the clock is ticking!

Time is running out to apply for the Quick Start Fund for Public Engagement! For the best chance of success, apply for funding for your preliminary meeting, event or service learning project  by the April 30 deadline!



Yaffle Reimagined

Yaffle has received an upgrade to better connect community needs with university expertise.


Deadline Extended: Nominations for the President's Award for Public Engagement Partnerships

The nomination deadline for the President’s Award for Public Engagement Partnership has been extended to Friday, July 15th



The Public Engagement Accelerator Fund is open for applications!

Do you have a public engagement project that links to Memorial's mission? Then check this out!


Call for Proposals: Engage Memorial, 2016

The Office of Public Engagement is seeking applications from students, faculty, and staff to host an event for Engage Memorial 2016. 





Post-doctorate Opportunity: Vital Signs and the Jarislowsky Chair in Cultural and Economic Transformation

Memorial University’s Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, the Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Jarislowsky Chair in Cultural and Economic Transformation are seeking a Public Engagement Postdoctoral Fellow.

You're invited to the St. John's launch of the Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge

The Faculty of Arts, Office of Public Engagement and The Centre for Newfoundland Studies cordially invite you to the launch of Pam Hall’s Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge,



The First Look at Memorial's Battery Facility Graduate Accommodations

 Now that construction is wrapping up on the Harbour Wing of Memorial University’s new Battery Facility Graduate Accommodations, the first look inside the re-modelled space is ready to share. Major work on the wing, which includes 42 rooms, is now complete, with only finishing touches remaining prior to the first students moving in.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity: agricultural safety research and knowledge mobilization

The SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health & Safety Research (, is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow (funded in part through Memorial’s Office of Public Engagement, Faculty of Medicine and Grenfell VPR, with additional support from Agrivita Canada Inc. and Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada), to develop and carry out a research and knowledge mobilization program on occupational health and safety for the Newfoundland and Labrador agricultural sector.


Memorial's Battery Facility Graduate Student Accommodations offering broad views, seeking the same

Applications for Memorial University’s Battery Facility Graduate Student Accommodations are now being accepted.


Strengthening the relationship between the Botanical Garden and academic units

Building the relationship between the Garden and Memorial's academic campuses and units.


Engage Memorial: Share, Learn and Connect

Join us for an enlightening series of workshops & learning events about public engagement at (and with) Memorial.


Quick Start Fund for Public Engagement is now open

Need a little help for a big idea? The 2015 Quick Start Fund for Public Engagement is now open! 


Engage Memorial: Call for proposals

Calling for expressions of interest for Engage Memorial 2015




Memorial Unviersity's 2014 research report celebrates collaboration and community

The report’s theme, We Are Research, is prevalent in each of the stories as a celebration of and testament to the impact that research will have on society. It also reflects the collaborative effort and teamwork that is required to make extraordinary research happen.


Memorial University names Pam Hall as inaugural Public Engagement Post-doctoral Fellow

Dr. Pam Hall is most at home among the unique and colourful towns and villages of Newfoundland and Labrador. In fact, they are from where she draws much of her creative inspiration.

Decoding Newfoundland culture

“I’m feeling right mauzy. Been ‘eaving and I’m all plugged up.”

Translation:  I’m feeling ill and am experiencing vomiting and constipation.

The recent Newfoundland film The Grand Seduction showcased the challenges of attracting and keeping a doctor in a small town. But imagine how different the film would have been if the young doctor wasn’t from mainland Canada but from China. And English wasn’t his (or her) first language. 


Touch tank visit helps child overcome sensory issues

Seven-year-old Jayden Druggett has something in common with his favourite animal, the moon snail. Both need a little extra coaxing to come out of their shells.

And even though his mother, Jenny Purcell, says he is completely obsessed with snails, one thing she never, ever thought he would be able to do was hold one.

Memorial researchers awarded funding for social sciences research

Researchers at Memorial University have been awarded significant funding to support research on behalf of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).


Hibernia investment grows enrichment programming

Memorial University will help cultivate the next generation of innovators in Newfoundland and Labrador thanks to a $2.85-million investment from the Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC).

Proposed uranium mine creates opportunity for unique research collaboration

Ordinarily Dr. Derek Wilton, a professor Earth Sciences, might not be expected to have much in common, with Dr. Atanu Sarkar, a public health physician in the Faculty of Medicine.

But a potential uranium mine in Labrador is bringing together these two very different researchers at Memorial.

Colony of Avalon recognized by Faculty of Arts

The Colony of Avalon Foundation has been named the 2014 recipient of the Faculty of Arts' Newfoundland and Labrador Community Research Engagement Award.

Engaging Youth in Ocean Sciences

On June 19th, Ocean Sciences’ Dr. Patrick Gagnon and two of his graduate students, David Bélanger and Anne Provencher St-Pierre, had the pleasure of communicating, in French, their passion for oceans and marine life to 30 first-grade students from École des Grands-Vents (a K-12 French school located in St. John’s).


Knowledge mobilization is On the Move: Faculty of Arts research project forges ground-breaking partnership with Canada's public broadcaster

Mobilizing knowledge effectively can present a significant challenge for many researchers and many universities. Even for projects that have very practical implications for people and communities, it is not always easy to get good research out there. Memorial’s On the Move Partnership, led by Dr. Barbara Neis of the Department of Sociology, has come up with an innovative solution to the challenge, and forged a unique partnership directly with the long-running CBC Radio documentary program, Ideas.  


Engage Memorial Week Update: Friday Edition

Will you be our Valentine? From public engagement, to a great big thank-you, Engage Memorial Week continues!

Engage Memorial Week Update: Thursday

It's Thursday, but Engage Memorial Week is still going strong!

Engage Memorial Week Update: Wednesday

Hump day? No way! We've got a big Engage Memorial Week Wednesday planned.

Engage Memorial Week Update: Tuesday

What's on the go for Engage Memorial Week today?

Full Engage Memorial Week, 2014 program now available
From Feb.10-15, Memorial University invites all members of the public to Engage Memorial Week 2014.
With more than 25 public events planned in St. John’s, Corner Brook and Northwest River, it’s a chance to share the many collaborative projects and initiatives taking place between Memorial and the people and organizations of this province and beyond.
Partnership to advance oceans and economic development in Holyrood


The Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Town of Holyrood to provide a framework for advancement of oceans-related education, training, applied research and economic development.


Engage Memorial Week, 2014 is on the way!

Engage Memorial Week is February 10th-15th, 2014!

Public engagement has always been a key element of Memorial's role in the life of Newfoundland and Labrador. Join us as we explore and celebrate the opportunities and benefits of public engagement- with an entire week of events, there's something for everyone!


School of Nursing earns recognition and scholarships at annual event

Memorial's School of Nursing was well-represented at the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador's (ARNNL) annual education and research trust presentation held recently in St. John's.



New fund for public engagement now open

A new fund supporting public engagement activity for Memorial staff, faculty and organizations is now accepting applications.

Arts award highlights community contributions to research

The Mamu Tshishkutamashutau/Innu Education (MTIE), the Labrador Innu School Board, was recently honoured as the first recipient of the Faculty of Arts' Newfoundland and Labrador Community Research Engagement Award.



Fly-in/Fly-out: Community tensions and planning approaches in Canada and Australia

Fly-in/Fly-out is now common practice among resource sector workers. However, transient workers may be a cost to host communities through their use of infrastructure and services and contribute little to community development.  Addressing these problems is the focus of this research.


Nunatsiavut speaker to discuss sustainable Inuit communities

Tom Sheldon, Director of Environment of the Nunatsiavut Department of Lands & Natural Resources, will be speaking in the department on Friday, November 22 at 1:00 p.m.

Now seeking ideas and input for Engage Memorial Week, 2014

We're seeking ideas for Engage Memorial 2014!

Engage Memorial is a week of learning about, and celebration of, public engagement collaborations between the Memorial University community and the broader community. Memorial’s Office of Public Engagement is working with individuals and groups throughout the university to plan a week of exciting and informative events; we’re requesting expressions of interest from departments, units and groups who wish to lead an Engage Memorial activity.



Translating decades-old data into a media-rich environment

Newfoundland and Labrador dialects are known worldwide for their distinctiveness and regional diversity.

The online Dialect Atlas of Newfoundland and Labrador ( will help preserve the rich cultural heritage of this province by documenting the regional distribution of the many traditional linguistic features that characterize English in Newfoundland and Labrador.


Citizen scientist detects sighting of mosquito thought to be carrier of West Nile

A website set up by researchers at Memorial University,, has demonstrated the power of citizen science to provide early detection of novel species in the province.

A member of the public recently posted a sighting of a mosquito thought to be a possible vector of the West Nile Virus.


Memorial partners with St. John’s community alliance to address drug addiction

A community challenge requires a community solution. That’s the approach a St. John’s community alliance has taken to address the issue of drug abuse and addiction among youth.

Opening up oceans to province's schoolchildren

The Digital Oceans Project is currently prototyping a web portal for schools that will use real-time data and video content from underwater equipment, offshore vessels and onshore sites, including Memorial’s Bonne Bay Marine Station and the Marine Institute’s Holyrood Marine Base, to allow students to participate in real-life university research.


New funding to study community impact of arsenic poisoning in North West Territories

A researcher in Memorial University’s Faculty of Arts has received a major grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Dr. John Sandlos of the Department of History has received $200,000 over three years for his project, Toxic Legacies: Community Perspectives on Arsenic Pollution at Yellowknife’s Giant Mine.


Collaboration is key to successful regional governance, says Memorial University report.

A report released by Memorial University’s Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development (the Harris Centre) takes an in-depth look at communities across the province and identifies successful approaches and challenges to regional governance. The report examines regional collaboration as an important strategy for rural communities facing social, economic and ecological change.


Tapping into the source

Folklorists Dr. Philip Hiscock and Dale Jarvis have teamed up for a perfect summer research project.

They will be tapping into traditional knowledge around wells, springs and natural water sources within the St. John’s area with help from the Harris Centre’s RBC Drinking Water Research and Outreach Fund.


Researchers work with students to create space experiments

Just before Commander Chris Hadfield blasted off in December 2012 for a five-month mission on the International Space Station, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) invited young Canadian students to design their own science experiment for him to do while on board. Memorial researchers helped one Newfoundland school make it into the contest's top 10 - twice!


Marine Public Education Program to re-open at Ocean Sciences Centre, Logy Bay

The Department of Ocean Sciences’ Marine Public Education Program will re-open Saturday, June 1, and will run until Labour Day weekend. The program, which is located at the Ocean Sciences Centre in Logy Bay, is a complimentary interactive and interpretive outdoor activity for tourists, school children and local visitors.

Memorial and Shorefast Foundation establish partnership

On Thursday, May 16, Memorial University and the Shorefast Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The signing is the initial step in a pilot project, administered by Memorial’s Office of Public Engagement, that will inform the development of a model for future MOUs between Memorial and public engagement partners who have multiple connections with the university.

Graduate Student Engages Youth in Ocean Sciences

Katie Gale, M.Sc. student with Dr. Annie Mercier helps grade 4 student with school project.


Writers' Fair taking place at Centre for Newfoundland Studies

The Centre for Newfoundland Studies’ (CNS) mandate is to have a copy of every book ever published by a Newfoundland and Labrador writer and a copy of every book ever published about Newfoundland and Labrador.

It’s not surprising, then, that the centre enjoys great relationships with numerous writers and publishers. 

The CNS will be hosting a Writers' Fair for the general public on Sunday, May 5, to celebrate this long-standing partnership.


Newfoundland Quarterly returns to Memorial

As of April 1, Newfoundland and Labrador’s oldest magazine, the Newfoundland Quarterly, will officially become a public engagement unit of Memorial University.


Botanical garden rejoins Memorial University as public engagement unit

With spring on the way, the Memorial University Botanical Garden is happy to announce a new beginning of its own: as of Monday, April 1, the garden will officially become a public engagement unit of the university.

The Marine Institute and WWF-Canada partner to advance fisheries and oceans education

The Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University of Newfoundland has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-Canada to provide a framework for the advancement of fisheries and oceans related education, training and research and development.

MPs visit St. John's campus to discuss marine biodiversity

NDP MPs Ryan Cleary and Jack Harris came to Memorial last month to meet with researchers involved with the Canadian Healthy Oceans Network

Graduate student conference features public engagement theme

Public engagement is one of the themes of this year's Aldrich Conference. Abstracts are currently being accepted for the $1000 Memorial University Graduate Student Public Engagement Prize.

Memorial’s purchase of former Battery Hotel property complete; property use planning commences

President Gary Kachanoski has announced that the purchase of the former Battery Hotel property has been finalized.

World weather expert to lecture at Memorial

A public lecture on Newfoundland and Labrador’s favourite subject – the weather – will take place at Memorial University.

Dr. Gilbert Brunet, head of Weather Science at the Met Office, will deliver a lecture titled The Mathematical Challenges of Earth-System and Weather Prediction on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, Room IIC-2001 on the St. John’s Campus.


Computer Science Society code-a-thon to benefit Autism Society
The Computer Science Society is getting ready to launch a new community initiative they hope will be a great benefit to parents of children with autism. The group is planning a 48-hour code-a-thon Feb. 17-19 to design, develop and test a web-based software application to connect families and therapists.
Henrietta Harvey lecturer discusses reconstructing language of the first humans
Dr. Frederick Newmeyer, professor emeritus of linguistics at the University of Washington and an adjunct professor of linguistics at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, will deliver the Henrietta Harvey Lecture at Memorial University on Tuesday, Feb. 26.


Engage Memorial- A week of events celebrating public engagement at Memorial
Engage Memorial is a series of launch events intended to introduce Memorial’s new Public Engagement Framework, and help educate stakeholders, both internal and external, about what public engagement is about.



Applied Research Fund Information Session
Come to an information session on our Applied Research Fund to find out more about the funding, applied research, and regional policy and development issues in NL. The fund opens on Jan. 18, 2013 and closes on Feb. 15, 2013.


MSW Students Convocate
Dima Dupere and Laura Hiscock cut the cake at a reception held to celebrate the fall convocation of 10 MSW graduates.


Inaugural presentation of Lien Memorial Scholarship
The inaugural presentation of the Dr. Jon Lien Memorial Scholarship took place recently on the St. John’s campus of Memorial University. The award was established to commemorate the lives of Dr. Jon Lien, and his student Dr. Deane Renouf, both formerly with the Department of Psychology at Memorial. Chelsey Lawrence, a masters student with the Department of Biology, is the first recipient of the award.


Public Engagement Framework Endorsed by Senate
Memorial University's new Public Engagement Framework was endorsed by Senate at its meeting on Sept. 25. Developed through an extensive consultation process including Memorial students, faculty and staff as well as external individuals and organizations, the framework will help guide and support Memorial's public engagement activities.
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Public Engagement

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