Translating your Research into Policy

Date & Time

Tuesday, 16 April 2019
13:00 to 17:30


Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road, Point Grey Campus

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success

Registration Closed / Past Event


How can you translate your research into policy?

The process begins with adapting your message to reach and connect with policy audiences. But while researchers are generally trained to communicate with colleagues, policy audience s often have very different backgrounds and expectations. This workshop will take you through the unique needs and priorities of policy audiences and help you craft your message to increase your policy impact.


  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM Session 1 – Understanding the Policy Landscape
  • 3:00 – 3:30 PM Q&A Period and Break
  • 3:30 – 5:30 PM Session 2 – Policy Communication

**Participants may choose to attend one or both sessions upon registration.

Session 1: Understanding the Policy Landscape

This session provides a general overview of policymaking processes, research roles and opportunities, and includes a 45-minute panel consisting of researchers active in policy and policymakers. Researchers with little or no experience in policy communication are encouraged to attend.

Session 2: Policy Communication

This session consists of two modules: (1) Crafting your Pitch and (2) Writing a Policy Brief. Participants will learn how to design and target communication to achieve maximum impact. Researchers with some experience in policy communication are encouraged to attend.


Alan Shapiro is a Vancouver-based science communicator and environmental professional with a particular interest in engaging the public and policymakers on water issues. He has taught workshops and given talks on effective communication strategies to students, researchers, and professionals across Canada. Alan is co-founder and director of Science Slam Canada – a non-profit organization focused on science communication and outreach.


 Dr. Julienne Jagdeo

As part of Genome BC’s Health Sector group, Dr. Julienne Jagdeo brings her background in science communication, policy research and project management to mobilize scientific knowledge and create partnerships that facilitate the application of genomics in health care. Her incredible passion for scientific literacy and research is coupled with a keen int erest in developing a culture of credible, evidence-informed policy and decision making. In pursuit of this goal, Julienne is a founding member of the Science and Policy Integration Network (SPIN), a networking hub that engages diverse policy stakeholders in conversations about policy issues affecting BC. Julienne completed her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UBC, where she used proteomics to study viral-host interactions.


 Kathryn Jastremski

Dr. Kathryn Jastremski completed a PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability at the University of Waterloo and holds a Masters’ in Environmental Sciences and a Bachelor’s in Planning from the Université du Québec à Montréal and Université de Montréal, respectively. Her doctoral research examined pathways toward sustainability and resilience in forest communities in Canada. Her research interests focus on best approaches to support complex decision and policy making for sustainability, with an emphasis on public involvement and collaborative processes. Following her participation in the Mitacs Science Policy Fellowship at the Office of the Chief Forester of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development (FLNRORD) of British Columbia she continued her work at FLNRORD to support policy analysis related to sustainable forest and range management in B.C. When not at work, Kathryn can usually be found on a soccer field or on a hiking trail.


HIsham Zerriffi 

Dr. Hisham Zerriffi is an Associate Professor of Energy in the Forest Resources Management department at the University of British Columbia where he leads the Energy Resources, Development and Environment Laboratory (ERDELab). His group conducts multidisciplinary research in the areas of bioenergy, energy policy and governance, and energy transitions. His work has particularly focused on the intersection of technology, environment and development in the context of energy access issues in developing countries. He has written one book and over two dozen journal articles and book chapters.

Registration Information

Registration opens on Monday, April 8 at 9:00am.

Priority will be given to UBC graduate students registered in the current academic session. After registering, you will receive confirmation and additional event details within 2 business days at the e-mail associated with your account. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail us at


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.