Last year I received a request from the University of Guelph Institute for Environmental Research (GIER) to commission some natural science illustrations.
The institute had received a small grant to create unique communications/knowledge mobilization pieces that would help disseminate research results to the general public. Being an interdisciplinary institute, GIER's grant proposal included the hosting of five interdisciplinary teams, each composed of a researcher, an end user, and an artist. Their objective was to bring together the natural sciences (their researchers), the social sciences (representatives of 'end user' organizations who know about how research results should be presented), and the arts (artists who bring more creativity to the conversation). Each team would work together in creating their own unique product, based on their communication/knowledge mobilization needs,
GIER's Knowledge Mobilization Project kicked off on Feb 10, 2021 and ran for 6.5 weeks.
A Bit About Guelph Institute for Environmental Research
GIER's vision is to "harness the extraordinary existing environmental research capacity across all seven colleges of the University, as well as build a new robust collaborative platform beyond campus. In our vision, we break down barriers among disciplinary silos and bring the arts, the sciences, the humanities, and the engineering together to tackle complex environmental problems." - GIER website
GIER 2021 Knowledge Mobilization Project
Suzanne M Matheson,