Summit 2021

2021 Summit: Research Impact & Public Engagement at the Intersection of the Future Workforce

Summit 2021, May 10-13, 2021 - virtual

ARIS and Research Impact Canada (RIC) are working in collaboration to host the 2021 Conference on Research Impact & Public Engagement at the Intersection of the Future Workforce. This Summit represents the first time ARIS and RIC have brought our two communities together to learn from our collective expertise and network for future collaboration.

Plenary sessions, speakers, and panels will focus on research impact as drivers of economic and workforce development -- including precollegiate and higher education, business and industry, and government partnerships. Participants will discuss the community to career pathways in the STEM technical workforce, improving workforce diversity, government efforts to enhance workforce development, and the role of public engagement and research impact.

The meeting will be focused on four tracks.

  1. Public engagement in areas of emerging technologies (Automation, IoT, AI, and Information Technologies, etc.)

    The worlds of work and education are changing. This track is designed to showcase public engagement as an entry point into or outgrowth of emerging technologies.

  2. Impact of Programs and Research on Workforce Readiness
    Career readiness programs often begin in secondary school and career-integrated curricula can span PreK-12 into postsecondary education. This track is designed to showcase data-informed formal and informal learning opportunities that are helping participants improve workforce readiness, from social-emotional skills to technical skills and everything in-between.

  3. Engaging diverse and inclusive communities in STEM Careers
    STEM disciplines are economic drivers, but STEM careers have traditionally not embraced diversity. This track will explore not only barriers but enablers of diversity and inclusion in STEM careers.

  4. Futurist Projections and the changing workforce
    The workforce has always been changing but the pace of change is accelerating. Employers, employees, and jobseekers need to be forward thinking and imagining what the workplace will look like in the next year and on through the next decade. This track will encourage forward-thinking debate to understand what we need to do now to gain career resilience for the future.

Types of Sessions Accepted

  • Poster Showcase (5 to 10 minutes)
    Poster presenters are required to create 5 to 10 minute asynchronous videos of their poster content for participants to view ahead of their session. The showcase session will include the opportunity to create a virtual 'exhibit,' where presenters can curate materials such as, but not limited to the PDF of poster, supporting documents, and videos.
  • Regular Sessions (60 minutes)
    Regular session presentations will be viewed synchronously. Presenters should include a short 3 to 5 minute video introduction for asynchronous viewing ahead of their session.
  • Workshops (90 minutes)
    Workshop sessions will be viewed synchronously. Presenters are highly encouraged to incorporate virtual learning techniques that engage their audience and move beyond a traditional seated lecture. Presenters have the option to include a short 3 to 5 minute video introduction for asynchronous viewing ahead of their session.

Proposal Submission Instructions

Proposals will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. January 29, 2021 (extended deadline!). Please submit any questions or technical concerns related to proposal submission here.

  • All submissions must include a 150-word or less abstract.
  • Regular Session and Workshop Submissions will also require a one-page session proposal that includes an overview of the session topic, target audience, a description of the session format, goals and activities that participants should anticipate if attending.

Submission Format

  • Abstract (Regular Sessions, Workshops, Poster Showcase) limited to 150 words, uploaded as a PDF, DOC, or DOCX file
  • Proposal (Regular Sessions and Workshops) One-page limit, uploaded as a PDF, DOC, or DOCX file

Submit ARIS 2021 Proposal