Building Better Research workshops back for second year

The Office of Research Services and the Brock University Library have launched the second year of the Building Better Research (BBR) professional development workshop series.

This year’s sessions will touch on a variety of topics, including open access publishing; intellectual property and commercialization; equity, diversity and inclusion; and community engagement, among others.

“The basis of the BBR series is to respond to researchers’ needs and questions and offer current and timely support in a complex and evolving research environment,” says Nicole Nolan, Associate University Librarian, Research.

Co-organizer Sharlee Cranston-Reimer, Research Officer in the Office of Research Services, says the workshops aim to make it easier for researchers to apply for grants, improve grant outcomes, build a culture of research, help to onboard new researchers and support graduate students.

“Last year’s series brought together groups of people who have a lot of overlap but don’t have a lot of opportunities to connect,” she says. “Through the workshops, we saw people making connections and building relationships, and we are thrilled to continue with that momentum.”

The 2021-22 line-up so far consists of:

Intellectual Property and Commercialization: Bradley McLean and Iva Bruhova — Wednesday, Oct. 20, noon to 1 p.m. Register here.

Opening up graduate scholarship via the Brock Digital Repository: Tim Ribaric and Elizabeth Yates — Tuesday, Oct. 26, noon to 1 p.m. Register here.

The PIVOT database: Suramya Mihindukulasuriya — Wednesday, Oct. 27, noon to 1 p.m. Register here.

Maximizing Access and Impact: Support for Open Access Publishing at Brock: Elizabeth Yates and Cal Murgu — Thursday, Oct. 28, noon to 1 p.m. Register here.

Using the McMaster Research Data Centre (RDC): Peter Kitchen (Statistics Canada) — Nov. 4, noon to 1 p.m. Register here.

Academic-industry partnership funding through OCI and NSERC: Iva Bruhova, Suramya Mihindukuylasuriya, John Jackson (NSERC Alliance) and Amir Pahlevanpour (OCI VIP) — Wednesday, Nov. 10, noon to 1 p.m. Register here.

Policies and Practices for Responsible Conduct of Research: Michelle McGinn, Associate Vice-President, Research — Nov. 17, noon to 1 p.m. Register here.

New Faculty Orientation: Research Services at Brock University: Bradley McLean, Sharlee Cranston-Reimer, Cathy Baillie, Giulia Forsythe and Nicole Nolan — Tuesday, Nov. 23, noon to 1 p.m. Register here.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research Proposals: Sharlee Cranston-Reimer — Friday, Dec. 17, noon to 1 p.m. Register here.

Introduction to Proposal Writing: Vincent Annibale, Sharlee Cranston-Reimer, Karen Espiritu, Julie Gregory, Danusha Kalinga, Suramya Mihindukulasuriya, Monika Ovsonka and Laura Smithson — Friday, Jan. 21, noon to 1 p.m. Register here.

Hands on Introduction to Text Analysis: Tim Ribaric — Wednesday, Jan. 26, noon to 1 p.m. Register here.

Community Engagement in Research: Julie Gregory and Jayne Morrish — Wednesday, Feb. 16, noon to 1 p.m. Register here.

Harvesting Social Media Data: Tim Ribaric — Wednesday, Feb. 23 noon to 1 p.m. Register here.

Establishing and Maintaining Your Research Team: Michelle McGinn, Associate Vice-President, Research — March 1, noon to 1 p.m. Register here.

Knowledge Mobilization – The Basics: Jayne Morrish — Wednesday, April 13, noon to 1 p.m. Register here.

Workshops will be posted online shortly after they occur for those unable to attend the live session. These, and previous workshops, are posted on the Building Better Research web page.

To suggest topics for the series, or for more information, contact Nolan at or Cranston-Reimer at

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