Engineering and Community Engagement

The webinar entitled ‘Engineering Justice: Transforming Engineering Education and Practice‘, presented by Jon Leydens and Juan Lucena from the Colorado School of Mines, took place on Wednesday, May 20th – and may be available for viewing at here! At this same site, you may also find another webinar of interest:  ‘Dean’s Panel on Scholarship in Engineering Service Learning and Humanitarian Engineering’ – featuring Dean Amr Elnashai (Penn State), Dean Leah Jamieson (Purdue), and Dean Stephen Silliman (Gonzaga).The ASEE Community Engagement Division’s Film Festival voting concludes at midnight, Saturday, May 30th.  You are urged to visit the website and vote for your favorite videos (  The top five vote getters will be named finalists.  In addition, a panel of ASEE CED committee members will also select five finalists.  These ten finalists will be announced on May 31st and will then compete for the a) Best Video Award ($1000) and the b) Community Impact Award ($1000).  Winners will be announced at the ASEE CED annual business meeting on Monday, June 15th.


Upcoming Events at McMaster University

1. SPRC & McMaster Colleagues Seeking Community Partners for Input to Community-Based Research Toolkit

Colleagues at McMaster and SPRC are putting together a list of 15-20 invitees to attend a workshop which willlead to the development of a community based research toolkit. If you have any names of people across various sectors in the community who have some experience working with academic researchers please pass these suggestions along to Erika Morton at SPRC at They’re seeking a range of voices/perspectives at this workshop.  Participants will be selected so that this range is assured:

  1. Range of roles in research projects (advisory board, collaborator, co-applicant, peer researcher)
  2. Range of types of communities (non-profit/social services sector; arts and culture sector; environment; health)
  3. Level of experience (from very experienced working with academic researchers to one-time experience)

Please note that peoples experience with academic research can include working with McMaster, as well as other other communities/cities. If you have any names of potential invitees during the next week that would be much appreciated. Feel free to send these directly to Erika.

2. 100in1 Day Hamilton | June 6

A dedicated team of Hamilton volunteers are working in collaboration to organize a city-wide event taking place on Saturday, June 6th called 100in1Day Hamilton. 100in1Day is a growing global movement that is changing how people interact with their cities. Originating in Bogotá, Colombia in 2012, it has encouraged hundreds of one-day community-based interventions in cities around the world. Interventions can include things like street art, urban gardens, beautification projects, social events, improvements in city infrastructure, or simply waving to strangers

All interventions are all being profiled on the same day in a city-wide festival which profiled on an interactive online map. This year, Hamilton will be joining cities around the world, along with Toronto, Vancouver, and Halifax, to strive for 100+ community led projects all being profiled on Saturday, June 6th. Register your urban intervention at!

3. Trailhead Ontario Conference – The Benefit of Trails|June 7-10 2015 @ McMaster

Ontario Trails, McMaster University and Hamilton Burlington Trails Council are thrilled to be releasing the Trailhead Ontario Conference 2015 Official Program Package. You will find the Program Package here. Please feel free to contact if you have any questions.

Call for Presenters: Accelerating Change – Engagement for Impact

On March 21-23, 2016, Campus Compact will hold a 30th anniversary conference in Boston; the conference’s theme is Accelerating Change: Engagement for Impact. It aims to bring together the wide range of people and organizations making engagement happen across the country and beyond. Campus Compact’s thirtieth anniversary will be an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the achievements of the last three decades, learn more about what needs to be done and what resources already exist to enable that work, and commit to take the steps necessary to accelerate and deepen our efforts.

Call for presenters is now open! Deadline for proposals is June 19th, 2015. Please click here for more information

TN Global Conference in 2017

Although the 2014 Talloires Network Leaders Conference just ended, the Talloires Network Leaders Conference is looking for a host for the next TN Leaders Conference that will be held in June, July or August of 2017. All Talloires Network member institutions and partner organizations are welcome to apply. If you are interested, please submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to host the 2017 Talloires Network Leaders Conference (TNLC 2017), either individually or in collaboration with other institutions by July 10th, 2015. Please click here for more information.

Infographic on Online Content Consumption

To those who use social media to help with research, or involved with advertising and/or marketing, online content consumption varies depending on the audience. How much online content do we consume? This infographic breaks down online content consumption by generation: Millennials (people who born in between 1981-1997), Generation X (born 1965-1980), and Baby Boomers (born 1946–1964).

Technique of the Week #10: Social Media

What you need to know

If you’re living in the modern world, chances are you’ve had some experience with the various forms of social media that are prevalent today. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest are just a few of the platforms that people commonly use to convey messages, ideas, thoughts, and feelings. One of the many reasons as to why social media is so ingrained in today’s society is the fact of how easy it is to use, and how effective it is at conveying one’s thoughts. If one wants to check their facebook, all they need do is open the application on their mobile device, or go to the website on their computer.

Resources, time, and skill

In order to use social media, one must have a certain degree of computer literacy. That being said, from personal experience that requirement isn’t very onerous – even my computer-wary grandmother uses facebook! Another aspect to keep in mind is the willingness to actually use the social media in the first place. Some people may be reluctant to use online platforms due to privacy concerns.

Key Considerations

With advances in technology and the ability for general consumers to use social media, many organizations are putting efforts into their social media campaigns. It isn’t unheard of that whole occupational positions are dedicated to managing a companies social media  network. That being said there are a few considerations that should be taken into account when using social media. Privacy is a big concern – with everything being online it is generally a good idea to go through several layers of editing before something is posted to the public. This will ensure that sensitive information and unintentional offensive messaging isn’t being posted. Furthermore, social media may not be the vehicle warranted for your KM strategy – if something is of a sensitive nature perhaps more formal routes of KM are needed.

Incorporating social media into your KMb

In order to incorporate social media into your KMb you need to decide what type of message you want to disseminate and what type of medium that message would need to be in. For example, platforms such as Instagram utilize solely images. In this case perhaps infographics would be best used. If short bursts of information are needed, then Twitter is an option as it excels in piquing people’s interests quickly and effectively. If you want a platform that is able to do a bit of each of these things then perhaps initiating a facebook page for you KMb activities is warranted.

The take away

Social media is an excellent way to disseminate information as it is relatively easy to use and widely adopted by the general population. That being said, the message you are wanting to spread, and the audience you intend to target need to be taken into account when deciding to incorporate social media into you KMb activities.


Here are a list of resources if you are interested in setting up a social media platform for your KMb strategy:

Free Webinar on Food Waste

Free Webinar

 Food Waste Reduction Practices and Policies – North America and EU




Free Webinar

About one third of all food produced for human consumption goes to waste. That amounts to more than one billion tonnes of waste around the world every year from production to consumption. Despite a growing attention from the academic world, civil society and policy makers, the debate on food waste is affected by a lack of a consensus over its definition and scope, the conditions that lead to its creation and the (lack of) quantification along the food supply chain. Analysis of food loss and waste in Canada, the U.S., and other developed countries shows that most of the food loss and waste occurs in households and in the food retail and service sectors. The quantifiable and unquantifiable costs of food loss and waste are huge and account for 30 percent of what the Canadian agriculture and agri-food system (AAFS) generated in 2012.

This webinar will discuss the need for an analysis of policy strategies and measures of food waste.

Matteo Vittuari

Matteo Vittuari, PhD in International Cooperation and Sustainable Development Policies is a senior researcher and lecturer in agricultural and food policy and agricultural policy evaluation at the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Bologna, Italy. His research interests include food policy with particular attention in food waste and losses, economic and social aspects of agro-food and bioenergy systems, rural development policy. He is currently coordinating the Policy WP within the FP7 FUSIONS: Food Use for Social Innovation by Optimising Waste Prevention Strategies.

Abdel Felfel 

Abdel Felfel is a Policy Analyst with the Strategic Policy Branch at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in Ottawa. At AAFC, Abdel has worked on analysing several agricultural policy issues including international trade, competitiveness, productivity and food processing. He also participated in developing Canada’s agricultural and agri-food sector policy framework Growing Forward 2. Abdel has also worked at the University of Guelph and the Value Chain Management Center where he co-authored the first report on food waste in Canada in 2010.

 Audience:Members of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Waste Management Canada, and Food Secure Canada, staff of government departments, including MAFRD, staffs of food waste management organizations, civil society organizations and individual citizens, students, faculties, and everyone interested in food sector policies and the management of food waste.

Date: Thursday, June 4, 2015

Time: 12:00 pm CST

For more information and to register, please contact:

Sarah Woods


RSVP by Monday, June 1, 2015