Orillia Campus hosts Research & Innovation Week from March 5 to 7

February 22, 2024 – Orillia, Ont.

The spotlight will be on research, innovation and collaboration during Lakehead University’s 19th annual Research and Innovation Week, March 5 to 7, at the Orillia campus.

A venue for researchers to showcase their activity and expertise, Research & Innovation Week highlights the profound impact Lakehead faculty, graduate and undergraduate students have on our community and beyond through advancement of new perspectives and innovations.

“Research and Innovation Week is designed to elevate awareness of the university’s world-class research activity and expertise, create opportunities for collaboration, and recognize exceptional achievements,” explained Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Vice-President, Research and Innovation. “Through research and scholarly activity, we can improve every aspect of society.”

Various events are happening throughout the week including guest speakers, interactive exhibits and display, and research showcases.

On Tuesday, March 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. (as part of SDG Week Canada), Lakehead will host The Climate Baby Dilemma, a film screening and research panel hosted by Dr. Ellen Field, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education, Dr. Helle Møller, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences, and Sidney Howlett, Master of Education student, that will discuss the emotional dimensions of climate change and climate justice. Register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/815837581167.

On Wednesday, March 6 at 1 p.m. in OA 2019, undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Sustainability Sciences will host It’s a Mossy World, a practical workshop and research showcase on bryophytes – true mosses, liverworts, and hornworts.

That afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m., join us for an industry panel to discuss leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to support your business and drive success. This session is presented in partnership with the County of Simcoe, City of Barrie, City of Orillia, and Georgian College. Register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/811687177197.

And, on Thursday, March 7, students from the Media, Film and Communications program will present their annual showcase, Sandbox. From posters and multimedia to big-screen films, join us from 4 to 7 p.m. in Simcoe Hall.

Other highlights include faculty and student research poster presentations. The full schedule can be found at www.lakeheadu.ca/ri.

Events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required unless mentioned above. All events take place at the Lakehead Orillia campus at 500 University Ave. in Orillia.

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Media: For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Jaclyn Bucik, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, at 705-330-4010 ext. 2014 or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has nine faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. Lakehead University’s achievements have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being ranked in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2023 World Universities Rankings for the fourth consecutive year, and the number one university in the world with fewer than 9,000 students in THE’s 2023 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.