Research Week 2020

Events will be added as details are submitted.

Research Week runs virtually Nov. 23-27, 2020

You're invited to a variety of virtual events as we celebrate Research Week during the week of Nov. 23-27.

Those who are organizing virtual events should send the title of the session, date, time, virtual log-in instructions and a short description, to Please send no later than Nov. 9 in order to have details added to the event calendar below.

Monday, Nov. 23
Quick Pitch: Research for UndergradsAll dayThis event begins on Monday, Nov. 23 and runs throughout Research Week. The Faculty of Science is promoting research opportunities for undergraduates and potential future graduate students. Faculty members will submit short video ‘pitches’ from their research groups about their work, allowing students to virtually explore different science topics being researched at Memorial. The videos will be available online for viewing throughout Research Week.
Faculty of Science Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition10am-noonThis event will be held via Webex. More details coming soon. Please check back.
Pursuit of knowledge: How Newfoundland and Labrador benefits from Memorial’s innovative research activities11am-noonDr. Neil Bose, vice-president (research), invites members of the university community to this special virtual event to kick-off Research Week 2020. He's hosting an informative panel discussion with four of Memorial’s leading Canada Research Chairs.

Joining Dr. Bose are:

Dr. Michelle Ploughman, Canada Research Chair in Rehabilitation, Neuroplasticity and Brain Recovery, Faculty of Medicine;
Dr. Uta Passow, Canada Research Chair in Biological Oceanographic Processes, Faculty of Science;
Dr. Baiyu (Helen) Zhang, Canada Research Chair in Coastal Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science; and
Dr. Julia Christensen, Canada Research Chair in Northern Governance and Public Policy, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

2020 marks 20 years of Canada Research Chairs Program support for research excellence. Through this event, you will learn how the federal program supports leading-edge research at Memorial. Please email to RSVP. Login instructions for this Webex session will be shared with those who RSVP.
Critical (Radical) Interdisciplinarity1-4pm               Researchers are invited to this virtual networking session co-hosted and organized by the faculties of Business Administration, Education, Engineering and Applied Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Medicine and Science, and the schools of Human Kinetics and Recreation, Social Work, Pharmacy and Nursing. Researchers are invited to share their research and research interests with Memorial colleagues and stakeholders. This event builds on a similar session held last year where after sharing research projects, presenters were asked to identify unlikely collaborators This year it’s Critical. In fact, it’s Critical Distal Interdisciplinarity. Talk with your unit's grant facilitation officer to register, or email Lisa Charlong at Log-in instructions will be shared to those who register for this event.  
Tuesday, Nov. 24
2020 Brosnan Lecture in Biochemistry12-1pmYou are invited to attend this year's lecture entitled The Journey of Insulin Through the Body: From Secretion to Action, a virtual lecture presented by Dr. Amira Klip, senior scientist and professor, The Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto. Login instructions and further details are available here online.
Women Leading Startups: Fireside Chat1230-130pmThe Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship is hosting this free exciting event. There is a lot of exciting momentum going on in the startup community in Atlantic Canada and this is your chance to be part of it! Hear from established women leading high growth startups in Canada. This series is supported and co-ordinated by the Canadian Ecosystem Gathering in partnership with a number of Atlantic Canadian universities including Memorial. Registration details are available here.
Elsevier Author Workshop2-330pmMemorial is delighted to partner with the internationally-respected Elsevier to host an exciting author workshop during Research Week 2020. Elsevier is a leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical books and journals. The workshop will feature an editor from Cell Press, an imprint of Elsevier, which publishes several highly-regarded biomedical journals. This free virtual session is open to members of the university community including researchers, postdoctoral fellows, PhD and master’s students, librarians and staff members. The editor will cover a wide range of topics including: steps needed to be taken before starting to write a paper; planning and writing manuscripts; what editors, reviewers and publishers look for in scientific papers; dealing with referees’ comments; and sensitive areas such as publishing ethics and plagiarism. Elsevier will host the workshop via Zoom. Login instructions will be shared to those who register. To register, please send your full name, unit (department and faculty) and email address to no later than noon on Thursday, Nov. 19. Those who register will have their name entered to receive a prize, courtesy of Elsevier.
Wednesday, Nov. 25
Research Grant and Contract Services (RGCS) Virtual Coffee Break10-11amRGCS will be holding a virtual coffee break to reconnect with faculty research offices. There is no set agenda for the break but rather an opportunity for faculty grant facilitators and associate deans to drop-in and say hello to/chat with RGCS members. Those interested in dropping into the coffee break can email by Nov. 24 for the login instructions for this virtual meet-up. 
CFI and Memorial – Processes, Experiences and Insights11am-noonStrategic Institutional Research Initiatives (SIRI) and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science are co-hosting this session. More details, including log-in instructions, will be added. Please check back for updates. 
Supporting N.L.'s Response to COVID-19 by Pivoting Health Research Skills12-1pm                                                                                                         Join Quality of Care NL, NL SUPPORT and the Centre for Health Informatics & Analytics (CHIA) for a one-hour webinar about how their work has pivoted to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Newfoundland & Labrador. Learn about the process of data modelling to help inform decision-making regarding lockdown and phased re-opening of businesses, schools, etc. You will also learn how their research has shifted to include global scans of pandemic responses and outcomes in jurisdictions similar to N.L. (such as Australia) and how patient partners are working to understand the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions on long-term care residents and their families throughout the province. Register for this free event here online. Virtual login instructions will be shared with participants when they register. 
Faculty of Medicine Panel Discussion: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the COVID-19 Pandemic3-5pmJoin five researchers from the Faculty of Medicine for an interactive, interdisciplinary dialogue on the COVID-19 pandemic. The researchers are:

Dr. Catherine Donovan, Community Health & Humanities – Public Health
Dr. Michael Grant, BioMedical Sciences – Immunology
Dr. Daryl Pullman, Community Health & Humanities – Bioethics
Dr. Proton Rahman, Medicine – Clinical Medicine & Modeling
Dr. Rod Russell, BioMedical Sciences – Virology

While this event is open and free for all to attend, registration is encouraged. Please email to register and receive login instructions.
Thursday, Nov. 26
Empowering Backbenchers in Canadian Legislatures1030-1145amJoin MUN political scientists Drs. Kelly Blidook and Alex Marland as they discuss ways that members of Canadian legislatures can offer effective representation within the constraints of party discipline. Dr. Blidook will draw on his research about how Members of Parliament represent constituents, including his book Representation in Action: Canadian MPs in the Constituencies (UBC Press 2018). Dr. Marland will discuss findings from his new book Whipped: Party Discipline in Canada (UBC Press 2020). Login instructions available here.
Byte of Science: How Exercise is Brain Food12-130 pmWe humans aspire to live long and vibrant lives while keeping our intellects intact. However, our brain health is continuously being threatened by aging, stress, and injury. Join Dr. Michelle Ploughman for a discussion about how the brain is affected by injury and aging and new research suggesting that aerobic exercise protects against brain degeneration. What steps can you can take to shield your brain against damage? While this event is open and free for all to attend, registration is encouraged Please email to register and receive login instructions.
Ask a Lawyer, a workshop hosted by the Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship1230-130pmPresented by McInnes Cooper, this free workshop is for anyone who wants to learn the basics of early-stage startup incorporation, protecting intellectual property, and much more! You will also get a chance to ask all your burning questions to a lawyer from McInnes Cooper. This workshop is part of MCE’s Virtual Networkshop Series. Registration details are available here.
Friday, Nov. 27
Virtual brown bag lunch with the VPR and the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation1230-130pm                                        Members of the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation are invited to join Dr. Neil Bose, vice-president (research), for a virtual brown bag lunch. Please note the revised date and time for this session. There is no set agenda for the brown bag lunch other than an opportunity to have an informal discussion with Dr. Bose. Faculty, staff, graduate students and postdocs are invited to attend. Please email by Friday, Nov. 20, for the login instructions for this virtual meeting.    

Please check back for updates, additional events and information. Please note, sessions are subject to change.

We acknowledge that the lands on which Memorial University’s campuses are situated are in the traditional territories of diverse Indigenous groups, and we acknowledge with respect the diverse histories and cultures of the Beothuk, Mi’kmaq, Innu, and Inuit of this province.



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