New Research Uptake Initiative: ResUp MeetUp Symposium and Training Exchange

The aim of the Symposium is to explore emerging issues within and develop a deeper understanding of the evolving concept of ‘research uptake’. It will likely include a mix of individual presentations, focused discussions, participatory debates, and keynote speeches.

The Training Exchange will centre around a range of skills associated with research uptake activities. The training sessions will vary in duration, and attendees will be able to choose which sessions to attend.

The trainings will be provided by a mix of relevant individuals or organisations for a set fee of ' training tokens'. Tokens can either be earned through delivering a training (which is why it is considered a training exchange!) or purchased for US$25 each.

By coupling the Symposium with the Training Exchange, it is hoped that the initiative breaks down the traditional trainer/trainee dynamics and bring everyone’s shared expertise to the table.

In order to develop a relevant programme, the initiative are welcoming those that might be interested in the event to complete a short survey.

As an incentive, at the end of the survey you'll be invited to participate in a drawing for four training tokens for the ResUp MeetUp Training Exchange. Three prize winners will be selected, and the value of each prize of four tokens is US$100 if claimed at the Training Exchange (though please note they are not redeemable for cash).

The survey will close on 3 July 2013! Please help us spread the word before then.

If you have any questions, would like to find out more information, or are interested in attending or providing a training, don't hesitate to get in touch at resupmeetup@gmail.com.

The ResUp MeetUp community is designed to to help research uptake and communication professionals keep up-to-date with this rapidly evolving field. The main initiative in 2013 will be a Symposium and Training Exchange this November in Nairobi, Kenya. The event is a partnership between IDS and AFIDEP, with financial support from the UK Department for International Development.

The ResUp group is a great peer group of people in research uptake is a google group, coordinated by Jeff at IDS, to find out more contact Jeff: Jeff Knezovich J.Knezovich@ids.ac.uk.

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