Announcement: Workshop on Pathways for Research Uptake
To achieve this goal, we have carefully selected speakers from policy, business, academic and funding communities to animate discussion on three key topics. These include:
- Transferring Knowledge: Research Agendas, Challenges, Visions and Good Practices;
- Emerging Lessons from CAAST-Net Plus and DRUSSA; and
- Building Partnerships for Research Uptake and Knowledge Transfer.
The event is organised as a session forming part of the Research and Innovation for Global Challenges conference, to be held at the Indaba Hotel, in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 10-14 May 2015.
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The meeting aims to explore contemporary issues and emerging lessons for better evidence-based decision making and better uptake of research for innovation in goods, services and technologies for global challenges.
Global challenges can be addressed effectively when the use of research outputs are applied and adopted in partnership with and between business, industry, end-users and researchers.
Discussions will explore the significance of research-influenced policy and decision making, and ways in which governments and research institutions can collaborate to implement such policies.
DRUSSA and CAAST-Net Plus work in a complementary fashion to strengthen the use of research in addressing global challenges, as a result, extensive lessons and recommendations can be derived from both initiatives.
Draft Session Structure
Session 1: Transferring Knowledge: Research Agendas, Challenges, Visions and Good Practices
The first panel will seek to address the following topics:
- the most pressing challenges to research uptake for global challenges;
- actions required for the advancement of evidence-based knowledge for global challenges, for research and policy institutions at implementation level; and,
- good practice examples for optimal uptake of research.
Session 2: Emerging Lessons from CAAST-Net Plus and DRUSSA
The second panel will focus on CAAST-Net Plus and the DRUSSA programmes as case studies for research uptake and knowledge transfer. Both initiatives seek to contribute to policy-making by offering recommendations and support to the formal and informal dialogue on issues concerning societal challenges.
Session 3: Building Partnerships for Research Uptake and Knowledge Transfer
The third panel will focus on:
- the diversity of partnerships;
- the challenges faced by these partnerships; and,
- good practices in forming sustainable partnerships for global challenges through research and innovation.
Both the DRUSSA and CAAST-Net Plus projects are led by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, which aims to promote excellence in higher education for people and societal advancement in the UK and beyond.
The DRUSSA project has received funding from the UK Department of International Development (DFID). CAAST-Net Plus is supported through the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
For more information, send an email to CAAST-Net Plus project coordinator Dr Andrew Cherry at andy.Cherry[at]acu.ac.uk, or write to DRUSSA on info[at]drussa.net.
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Disclaimer: CAAST-Net Plus is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n0 311806. This document reflects only the authors’ views and the European Union cannot be held liable for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.