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VIU CARES - Collaborative Applied Research Engagement Symposium Thurs. Feb. 18th, 2021

SRCA Symposium: VIU CARES: Collaborative Applied Research & Engagement, Thurs. Feb. 18th, 2021

VIU CARES is an online (via Zoom) symposium that will be held on Thursday Feb. 18th during Reading Week and will feature presentations and panel discussions about projects supported through VIU's Regional Initiatives Fund (RIF). 

The RIF is a partnership with the Province of British Columbia and the Real Estate Foundation of BC to enable communities of Vancouver Island to collaborate on community-based research projects with VIU Faculty and students.

Since it's inception in 2017, VIU has engaged with over 100 partners and leveraged over 1.8 million dollars in funding via the Regional Initiatives Fund. This funding has enabled collaborative applied research on community planning with Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners, air and water quality, affordable housing, fish health and habitat, marmots, tourism, impacts of COVID-19, and more. Projects directly respond to community needs and promote innovative and sustainable solutions while at the same time providing meaningful involvement in applied research to over 300 students

Join the Symposium to hear about the approaches and impactful work that has transpired as faculty, community partners and students have collaborated on projects. Participants will be invited to contribute their ideas on how to expand this successful model in the future.

Thursday February 18, 2021  Draft Agenda




9:00-9:10 am 

Open, Welcome and Housekeeping notes 

Nicole Vaugeois, SRCA and Geraldine Manson, Elder 


The RIF story – A made at VIU initiative to enable university-community collaboration on applied research in the VIU region 

Nicole Vaugeois 

9:30 – 10:30 am 

RIF Success Stories via Pecha Kuch 




Screen Break 


Panel Discussion: RIF Impacts 

from Community partners 

Community Partners 


Panel Discussion: RIF Impacts 

University faculty and students 

Faculty/Student teams 


Wrap up of morning’s activities 

Nicole Vaugeois, SRCA 


Lunch: on your own 


RIF Success Stories via traditional presentation 


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