First-Ever UAlberta Innovation Showcase and Connect Events

 The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR), Future Energy Systems (FES), Graduate Students' Association (GSA), Science2Business UA Chapter, and the University of Alberta Alumni are coming together to launch the Innovation Showcase and Connect Events. 

Researchers from all disciplines will present virtual posters through Twitter, sharing knowledge and breakthroughs in an accessible format, and engaging with fellow researchers, members of the public, industry and more. 

The University of Alberta's Inaugural Digital Innovation Showcase is open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and will launch on Monday, May 10, 2021, at noon, and you can expect presenters to be actively tweeting until 2:00 p.m. Posters will be available until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 14, 2021, and we encourage you to "drop-in" and engage the presenters over the week. 

We look forward to your tweets at #UAlbertaInnovationShowcase and for a further breakdown, we have added subcategories that best capture the research domain of the poster.

  • #UAlbertaInnovationShowcaseHealth - medicine, health
  • #UAlbertaInnovationShowcaseSciEng - science, engineering
  • #UAlbertaInnovationShowcaseArtsSS - arts, social science, humanities
  • #UAlbertaInnovationShowcaseFES - members of Future Energy Systems

To register for the Innovation Connect Mixer event (May 13), please click here.

  • For more information: Information Handout
  • Registration opens for intent to enter a poster: Friday, April 9, 2021 | Register here
  • Registration closes: Friday, April 30, 2021, at noon
  • Notification of acceptance: Friday, April 30, 2021
  • Optional Training Session: Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. | Register via Zoom
  • Marquee Event: Monday, May 10, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
  • Innovation Showcase: Monday, May 10, 2021, 12:00 p.m. to Friday, May 14, 2021, 4:00 p.m.
  • Innovation Connect Mixer: Thursday, May 13, 2021, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Register Here
Information For Submission
This document will guide you through all steps to participate and create your poster.
Why Submit a Poster
  • Learn new skills for working in social media and a new venue;
  • Twitter is very common for researchers and professionals—this is a great opportunity to build up a reputation online;
  • Tie social media to LinkedIn—creating great networking opportunities;
  • A great way to share research with the public—in a world with so much information, it is essential to be able to share your work effectively with the public; and
  • Connect with stakeholders (many will be attending the Innovation Connect Mixer).
Innovation Connect Mixer

This virtual event will be held on Thursday, May 13, 2021, from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Participants and attendees of the Innovation Showcase are encouraged to meet with alumni and members of the community who will have had an opportunity to see some of the posters. This will also be a great opportunity to learn more about the industries and organizations they represent. The event is coordinated with the University of Alberta Alumni, and we hope that you use this opportunity to grow your network.

Alumni guests will include:

  • Jessica Vandenberghe, 2002 MSc, Assistant Dean, Topics: Career changes, stress management, authentic life approach, underrepresented minority in profession, engineering                                                   
  • Ryan Thompson, 2013 MA, Topics: Financial sector, consultant on projects relating to software, economics, and more. Transferable skillsets and networking
  • Christy Ciezki, 2009 MEd, Topics: Management consulting, Human Resources, working in consulting, transferable skills from graduate studies, and softskills
  • Matthew Hebert, 2017 MBA, Topics: Executive leadership; careers in public sector employment based on experience in support roles to Executive Directorship
  • Laura Kerslake, 2015 DMus, Topics: Career Development, government administration, transferable skills, working in student/career services, getting noticed in a competitive hiring environment
  • Amie Filkow, 2000 MA, 2014 PhD, Topics: What I wish I knew I could do with my life, how to market your graduate (humanities) degree, what to unlearn about academic writing and communications
  • Joel Dacks, 1995 PhD, Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary Cell Biology, Topics: Academic positions, research as an international endeavour
  • Anneka Bakker, 2019 MBA, Topics: How to lead change/Understanding Canadian small businesses, How to build a grassroots brand
  • Ali Grotkowski, 2014 MA (Humanities Computing), 2014 MLIS, Topics: Transitioning to the world of work, government job opportunities, transferrable skills and opportunities, work/life balance and networking
  • Nandini Raghuram, 2018 PhD (UToronto), Medical Writer, Topics: Transitioning to a postdoc, science communication and outreach, transferrable skills 

Registration now open, sign up here. 

Contact Information

Questions regarding the Innovation Showcase can be directed to:

Renee Polzieh, PhD
Director or Professional Development
Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research