Impact of COVID-19 on Research and Scholarship: Town Halls

The impacts of COVID-19 on the research and scholarly activities of the UBC community continue to be felt acutely by many. This is true whether these activities have restarted, refocused or remain largely curtailed. It is also likely that many research areas will be dealing with impacts of the pandemic for some time to come.

To better understand the ongoing challenges and concerns of UBC scholars and researchers, the Vice-President Research and Innovation (VPRI) portfolio has scheduled a series of town halls. Our aim is to better understand how we can help both internally and by working with appropriate external bodies, such as funding agencies.

The town halls are open to faculty members at our two campuses and our affiliated health research institutes. We are organizing the townhalls around Tri-agency areas as a way to hear from sections of our research community facing similar challenges: two will have an NSERC focus, two will have a CIHR focus and two will have a SSHRC focus.  Please note that these town halls are not intended to address specifics of the planning process for an increase in on-campus activity in September.

If you are unable to attend but would like to share your thoughts in writing, please email your thoughts and concerns.

Session Registration

As the intention is to listen to and better understand concerns and issues, we are facilitating more effective online dialogue by limiting registrations for each session. These sessions will be Zoom calls, not webinars. 

All times listed are in Pacific Time.

  • CIHR research areas # 1 April 27, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
  • CIHR research areas #2 May 10, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
  • SSHRC research areas #1 April 28, 9:00–10:30 a.m.
  • SSHRC research areas  #2 May 6, 11:00 a.m–12:30 p.m.
  • NSERC research areas  # 1 April 29, 9:00–10:30 a.m.
  • NSERC research areas  # 2 May 3, 1:30–3:00 p.m.

Once dates are fully subscribed, they will not appear as an option below.

Additional sessions may be added depending on demand.

If you are unable to attend but would like to share your thoughts in writing, please email your thoughts and concerns.


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