UBC researchers have an outstanding track record of generating a range of impacts from their research outputs and discoveries.
UBC support services assist this process in several ways:
This commercialization process involves the assessment of all invention disclosures to determine how best to advance each individual discovery.
This may involve a form of intellectual property protection, such as patenting, and further development of the technology. Ultimately the goal is the licensing of technologies to commercial partners or the creation of a spin-off company around the technology.
Research discoveries and outputs generate impacts through knowledge mobilization.
Frequently this is through traditional academic channels such as conferences and presentations, or journal, book or periodical publications.
Many of these channels are evolving in the digital era, and UBC's Scholarly Communications website provides insight into topics relating to publishing and metrics.
Other non-commercial mobilization channels are also being developed and identified so that research findings can be shared and distributed for academic, societal and economic impacts. These include:
- Support for knowledge translation, so that research can impact policy and practice, often in the field of social and health sciences. Much of this support is provided at the faculty level, but UBC researchers also partners with groups such as the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research when considering training needs and requirements, and developing best practices.
- Click-wrap licensing solutions such as Flintbox, originally developed at UBC, to allow dissemination of outputs such as software and research tools at modest or zero cost.
- Data and materials repositories, open source and other forms of non-proprietary dissemination.
In 2007, UBC became the first university in Canada to develop a broad strategy to ensure global access to its technologies. Read more about the principles and a history of global access at UBC.
In April 2013, UBC ranked first out of 54 institutions, with an A- grade in this first report card published by UAEM evaluating the top U.S. and Canadian research universities on their contributions to urgent global health research and access to treatment worldwide.Read more
UBC supports the distribution of research discoveries that may impact developing nations through its licensing practices, membership of groups such as WIPO Re:Search, and by supporting dedicated research groups such as the Neglected Global Diseases Initiative.
Copyright is the exclusive right of the creator, or subsequent copyright holder, to reproduce a work.
At UBC we have significant resources to help faculty, staff and students negotiate copyright in terms of their teaching, their writing and their research.
Visit www.copyright.ubc.ca to learn more about how copyright relates to all aspects of university work and to find contacts, identify workshops and presentations and access support and guides.
The UILO provides additional information on copyright as it relates to research outputs.
The University of British Columbia Press is Canada’s leading social sciences publisher. With an international reputation for publishing high-quality works of original scholarship, its books draw on and reflect cutting-edge research, pushing the boundaries of academic discourse in innovative directions.
Each year UBC Press publishes 70 new titles in a number of fields, including Aboriginal studies; Asian studies; Canadian history; environmental studies; gender and women’s studies; geography; health and food studies; law; media and communications; military and security studies; planning and urban studies; and political science.
UBC provides support at multiple levels to enable researchers to share their research stories with stakeholders and the general public through many channels.
In addition to raising the visibility and reputation of research at UBC, this public sharing of research findings is an increasingly common requirement of funding agencies.
Most faculties and some departments and centres have the support of a dedicated communications professional. While the exact role may differ from one unit to another, these communicators can assist with:
- content creation for faculty websites, publications and newsletters; internal newsletters and communications; and social media channels
- media support (via UBC Public Affairs) to create media releases and provide media training
- coordinating story submissions for institutional publications and website content such as the UBC annual report and ubc.ca
- working with UBC Government Relations to provide content for briefings and announcements, and coordinating visits
- liaising with Development & Alumni to provide content for alumni and fundraising publications and initiatives
UBC media relations
UBC Media Relations can work with researchers to provide the following support, often in partnership with faculty communicators:
- writing media releases and posting news to the UBC News website
- communicating through UBC This Week and UBC Reports
- providing media training
- guiding and coordinating the production of digital assets to support media activities
Communications & Marketing
UBC's Communications and Marketing team supports research communications by:
- providing brand guidelines and resources such as photography
- amplifying existing stories and digital assets via central social media channels
- featuring stories on ubc.ca and in the UBC annual report
The VPRI office frequently works with faculty communicators and colleagues across campus to:
- promote UBC activities to national and international audiences, including government stakeholders and per institutions and partners
- provide UBC administration examples of research for inclusion in briefing notes, profiles and impact reporting
- coordinate campus-wide research communications initiatives
UBC's Digital Media Technologies group provides a range of services to UBC's research community.
The team specializes in providing fast, quality wide format poster printing including easy to pack-and-go fabric posters, for the research and academic community. Offering a three-hour turn around and on-campus pick-up with print ready PDF uploads.
With experience in digital media, design and illustration, the team's goal is to provide clients with practical and visually engaging solutions for research and teaching projects. They provide custom presentations stacks, fly-through animations and infographics to help decipher complex ideas and information.
Use the power of video to communicate your research successes to your target audience, such as funding agencies, sponsors or the public through our on campus award winning media production team.
Websites & Mobile Apps
A compelling and engaging web site is a primary digital channel to promote research and to recruit researchers. Today it is critical to engage funding agencies and the research community across multiple channels by showcasing the story of your research and its impact. Mobile applications can also become a cornerstone on your research program by leveraging mobility, user interaction and analytics.
When engaging in web and mobile projects it is critical to work with a team that understands your needs and that has experience working with the research community. The web services team in UBC IT will work with you to create a high quality and engaging web experience while ensuring that you get the best return on your investment in a stable, secure and high performance environment. We look forward to meeting with you in order to better understand your needs.
UBC Research Presentation Capture and Webinar Services
Present research ideas and findings professionally and quickly using professional desktop capture tools, or using our walk-in studio and publish to the web the same day. Show full resolution supporting visuals. We integrate your poster-presentation or PowerPoint slides into your own self-delivered introduction that can be shown anytime, anywhere from your laptop, tablet or smart-phone.
Studio webinars to reach funding providers:
Invite major funder to view and interactively learn about your proposed research and findings using our studio webinar services.
See example: Transformation in the North American Forest Sectors
Contact: Web Event and Capture Services
18B 2194 Health Sciences Mall, UBC Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
604-827-2223 to book or inquire for details.