How Public Engagement Makes Research Better

Memorial’s Research Week, a celebration of the internationally renowned research work collaboratively carried out by our research community and public partners, takes place November 21st – 25th. As part of that programming, the Office of Public Engagement and the Harris Centre are collaborating on an Engage Memorial session with a focus on faculty.

Memorial University is, and always has been, home to faculty, students and staff who make public engagement a fundamental aspect of their research. According to the results of the soon-to-be published Public Engagement Framework evaluation, public engagement has been successfully incorporated into many aspects of the fabric of Memorial’s academic work. 

Public engagement is a key part of the academic’s toolkit: not only does it support academic success, but it also helps faculty fulfill more intrinsic goals, including making a positive difference in the world, and contributing to the province and our communities. That said, as with all human relationships, public engagement can be complex and challenging too.

Join us for a multidisciplinary panel discussion, and hear how Memorial researchers have incorporated and navigated public engagement in their research, and what they’d like to see for the future of engaged research at Memorial.


Margaret Steele, Dean, Faculty of Medicine


Sevtap Savas, professor, Human Genetics and Oncology, Faculty of Medicine

Amy Hudson, Assistant Professor, School of Arctic and Sub-Arctic Studies, and Governance and Strategic Planning Lead & Associate Negotiator, Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self Determination, NunatuKavut Community Council

Peter Ride, dean, School of Fine Arts, Grenfell Campus

Rose Ricciardelli, Research Chair in Safety, Security and Wellness, School of Maritime Studies, Marine Institute

Joe Daraio, associate professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science