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Only a month to go! You won’t want to miss AIC 2016’s speakers and workshops

boxAIC2016The Agricultural Institute of Canada’s upcoming conference AIC 2016: Disseminating Agricultural Research is set to take an in-depth look at the way we communicate and utilize agricultural research.

With only a month and a half left to register make sure you check out the 6 expert panels and in-depth workshops taking place at the conference below.

Don’t miss your opportunity to have a say in a robust agricultural research dissemination agenda that can help set Canada on the path to becoming a global leader in agriculture.

Session 1: Dissemination Strategies and Participation Channels for Agricultural Research

Workshop 1-A: Dissemination Strategies and Policies

A scientific breakthrough that could dramatically change how farmers harvest or manufacturers prepare a certain product is discovered in a lab: how do we get this vital information from the research lab to benefit the end user?  This workshop will explore the policy opportunities and latest strategies associated with how researchers transfer and disseminate knowledge.

Drew Black, Director of Environment and Science Policy, Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Dr. Andreas Boecker, Associate Professor, University of Guelph

Tracy Herbert, Beef Extension Coordinator, Beef Cattle Research Council

Workshop 1-B Bridging the Gap Between Research and the Public

While agriculture research findings may not be discussed at dinner tables across the country, it affects Canadians on a daily basis, whether they know it or not. In our era of instant news, building public trust in research and effectively communicating it to the public has never been more important.  This workshop will discuss how to take complex research findings and effectively communicate them to the public.

Gabrielle Bauer, Consultant, Award-winning writer

Mary Ann Binnie, Manager, Nutrition & Food Industry Relations, Canadian Pork Council

Session 2: Knowledge Transfer and Extension

Workshop 2-A Models of Extension in the 21st Century

In recent years, funding priorities for governments and other entities have shifted focus and led to a redefinition of the role of extension services for agricultural research. What used to have only a few players, suddenly has many more. This workshop will examine various extension models and collaborations and what the roles of these new players are in the 21st Century.

René Mongeau, Président, Ordre des agronomes du Québec

Michael Toombs, Director of the Research and Innovation Branch, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and General Manager, Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario

Workshop 2-B Maximizing Technological Transfer

How can we be assured that our findings are being used to their full potential by those who would stand to benefit the most? This workshop will discuss ways that agricultural researchers can better engage end-users in the research and development process in order to have a higher return on investment.

Amy Argentino, Manager – Projects and Programs, Canadian Horticultural Council

Dr. Bronwynne Wilton, Consulting Project Lead, Synthesis Agri-Food Network

Session 3: Intellectual Property Protection, Cooperation and Collaboration

Workshop 3-A IP management in interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral partnerships

Intellectual property rights (IPR) add complexity to any partnership, and agricultural research is no different. This workshop will examine the challenges and opportunities that present themselves in agricultural research partnerships, as well as the key issues that need to be addressed before entering into licensing agreements.

Lana Culley, Director, Business Development, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

Dr. Chidi Oguamanam, Full Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

Workshop 3-B IP 101

Intellectual property rights (IPR) affect nearly every part of the research process – from initial development to sharing results with other researchers. This workshop will demystify IPR and help you to better understand how the strategic use of patent information and exploitation routes can contribute to greater innovation in the sector. Presenters will also discuss how the Trans Pacific Partnership’s provisions on IP may impact agricultural research.

Christine Piché, Director of Business Support, National Research Council of Canada

Christine Teixeira, A/Project Coordinator, Examination Practice, Patent Administrative, Policy and International Affairs Division, Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Jonathan Roch, Partner, Patent and Trademark Agent, MBM Intellectual Property Law LLP

Learn more about the conference workshop and speakers


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