Research on the Rock

 Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA)        

Memorial University is hosting Research on the Rock, a Fall 2017 professional development conference organized in partnership with the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) – East.



Full registration details are available online. Please note: registration closes on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017


$100; $80 early-bird rate until Oct. 27, 2017.


Tuesday, Nov. 14 and Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Medical Education Centre. Photo by HSIMSLocation

Sessions will take place on Memorial's St. John's Campus in the Medical Education Centre.


The conference schedule is available online.

Session summaries and speaker biographies are available here. Please note, sessions are subject to change. See below for information on our keynote speakers.


  • Handouts provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), for the session titled Tri-Agency Research Funding Updates on Tuesday, Nov. 14, are available in English and French.


Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

Why you should attend?

  • Join upwards of 150 delegates from post-secondary institutions throughout Atlantic Canada;
  • Informative sessions and presentations;
  • Networking opportunities; and
  • Educational keynote speakers.

The conference is an educational event designed to provide an opportunity for colleagues and stakeholders in the fields of research administration and ethics in the Atlantic Provinces to consider and discuss complex, challenging, and current issues in university research today.

Who can attend?

Research administrators; grants facilitators; members of the research and ethics communities in Atlantic Canada.

Where to stay

For those travelling to St. John's, the hotel, Courtyard by Marriott, located at 131 Duckworth St., is the official conference hotel. A block of 30 rooms has been reserved for the conference. The rate is $145/night, plus applicable taxes. The rate covers the time period of Nov. 11 to Nov. 18. The group code is: MUNC. Please reference CARA East upon booking. The group rate is in place until Nov. 1.

Memorial University also has guest accommodation options available for its St. John's campus. More information is available online. Email or leave a message at 1-877-730-7657.


Visitors to campus may submit their request(s) for a Visitor Parking Permit through the online Visitor Parking Request form.

Check back for further updates and information.

A committee – consisting of employees from the St. John’s Campus, the Marine Institute, Grenfell Campus and the provincial Health Research Ethics Authority (HREA) – is helping organize the conference in conjunction with a working group composed of regional representatives from post-secondary institutions from the Atlantic Provinces.


Julie Rideout
Manager of Operations
Ocean Frontier Institute
Memorial University

 Thank you to the following for their support:

City of St. John's Logo  Memorial University Logo
Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research   Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research  
Terrapure Environmental  Process Pathways 
Springboard Atlantic Inc.  VWR logo 


 Keynote speakers
Captain Christopher HearnTuesday, Nov. 14
Captain Christopher Hearn
Director, Centre for Marine Simulation
Marine Institute of Memorial University
Topic: Centre for Marine Simulation…More than Painted
Ship upon a Painted Ocean

The Centre for Marine Simulation (CMS) provides the most comprehensive suite of maritime simulators in Canada, and is utilized well beyond simulation-based training. Mission rehearsal, equipment evaluation, and port design evaluations are also key activities performed by the Centre. This presentation will describe how the use of simulation systems to represent highly challenging and complex operations is a widely accepted means to conduct training and rehearse operations safely and efficiently. The presentation will also give an overview of a future initiative of CMS to create an integrated operation where by the personnel with responsibility or vessels, platforms, and shore based support can participate in a common simulated environment that aims to increase safety and operation continuity in extreme circumstances such as management techniques and practices involving icebergs and pack ice The capacity will assist industry to better prepare for ice management, assist developers in study methodologies and technology applications, and regulators to evaluate procedures.

Captain Christopher Hearn began his career after graduating from the Marine Institute’s Nautical Science Program. He advanced through the marine ranks and certification to Master Mariner and obtained command of vessels in the deep sea and subsea sectors as well as operations in the Arctic. He also held positions ashore as a Marine Superintendent of operations with companies engaged in subsea cable laying and repair, seismic work, and general cargo operations.

Captain Hearn returned to the Marine Institute in 2008 as the Director of the Centre for Marine Simulation (CMS). The centre is the one of largest and most comprehensive marine simulation facility in North America and covers an entire range of training, industrial projects, and research and development capabilities through the use of simulation technology. CMS’s particular areas of expertise include the modeling and simulation of harsh maritime environments including navigation in ice, simulation of offshore oil and gas operations, and port design evaluation and operational risk analysis.


Jennifer KellyWednesday, Nov. 15
Jennifer Kelly
Trainer, Educator and Independent Facilitator

Topic: Happiness at Work: Using Positive Psychology for a Better Work and Life

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of wellbeing. It studies the
conditions and mental attitudes that best lead to wellbeing and life
satisfaction. In the workplace, it studies the factors and conditions that
boost productivity, motivation, and engagement. In this session, attendees will be introduced to scientific research about wellbeing in the workplace (what does a positive workplace look like? how is it achieved?) and discover proven workplace engagement tools and strategies.

Jennifer Kelly is a facilitator and instructional designer with over nine years’ experience designing, developing and delivering training workshops to small and medium-sized businesses and academic institutions.

In addition to degrees achieved in Adult Education and Instructional Design, she is a certified Positive Psychology coach. Jennifer is co-owner of Coast2Coast Training, a coaching and training business offering coaching and workshops in business communication, leadership and Positive Psychology.

Coast2Coast Training is unique - its courses are offered across the country, from one coast to another.

Jennifer’s training and instructional design clients have included Eastern Health, Memorial University, College of the North Atlantic, Keyin College, Academy Canada, and several private businesses.



230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000