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Professional Development for Researchers

The Office of Research and Innovation Services offers frequent professional development opportunties for researchers. These opportunities cover a wide range of topics, from equity, diversity and inclusion in research, to navigating UWindsor hiring to knowledge mobilization skills.

Upcoming events

The Power and Perils of Twitter – Online Communication Workshop

Recognizing the growing influence of social media, many scholars now have a presence on Twitter. But not all are using the platforms as effectively as they could to connect with the people most useful to them or draw attention to their research. And communicating in a public forum about sensitive issues comes with risks not always realized until it’s too late. This 2-hour workshop addresses the opportunities and responsibilities inherent in engaging in social media and shares proven strategies to increase connections and impact on one of the platforms most used by researchers. Participants will learn to:

  1. Identify relevant connections and be strategic about who they follow
  2. Understand best practices to increase engagement and grow connections
  3. Learn how to leverage visuals, DMs, tags and hashtags
  4. Know if, when and how to respond to attacks – and avoid them in the first place

Event will be held on Zoom

March 15, 3:00-5:00PM | Register

Becoming more effective in media interviews

Delivering a 3-hour lecture to 200 students is well within the comfort zone of many academic researchers but sitting down with a reporter for a 5-minute media interview can be nerve wracking. But adapting your research expertise for a media setting does not have to be difficult! Join guest presenter Laura Shine for a small-group, in depth session providing practical tops for increasing your comfort level around journalists, and ways to turn media interviews into opportunities for public education and advocacy. You’ll learn:

  1. What producers, reporters, columnists and talk show hosts are looking for in an interview.
  2. How to prepare for interviews, and what questions you should ask in advance.
  3. How to craft concise and quotable messages that employ concrete examples.
  4. Tools to help you feel in control of the conversation.

The session will start with a conversation about the above topics, after which participants will have the opportunity to participate in mock interviews with seasoned experts who will guide you through what to expect and give you meaningful feedback.

Space is limited! Because of the nature of this training opportunity, only 15 seats will be available for researchers. We ask that all those who are interested complete an Expression of Interest, which will be assessed based on the University of Windsor’s strategic research priorities. Due to limited space, we are unable to accept expressions of interest from graduate students or postdoctoral researchers.

  • Date: Thursday, March 16, 2023
  • Time: 12PM-4:30PM
  • Location: Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre – EPICentre Workshop Room (2nd floor)


For questions please contact:

Laura Shine is the director of Femmes Experts and a facilitator for Informed Opinions. She previously worked as a research journalist and news editor for Radio-Canada and is currently a doctoral candidate at Concordia University, where she studies food anthropology, food marketing, and sensory studies. She is a sought-after interviewee in her field of research and has a reputation for excellence in knowledge mobilization.

Archived Events

Preparing an application for an internal grant program


  • Kate Rosser-Davies, Research Systems and Metrics Coordinator
  • Youstina Asaad, Research Facilitator

The Office of Research and Innovation Services hosts a virtual information session for researchers interested in applying to one of the following internal research grant programs:

  1. Exchange grant for travel and knowledge mobilization
  2. UWindsor-SSHRC Explore Grant
  3. Research Grants for Women
  4. Undergraduate Research Experience

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(Please note there was an issue with slides advancing during the presentation so you may find it helpful to download the slide deck to follow along)


You won a grant! Now what? Where to get started when getting a new research project off the ground

Getting funding in place for your research project is a big deal and receiving your Notice of Award is exciting! Now you have to navigate the post-award world so that you can get your research started. This session, presented jointly by the Office of Research and Innovation Services, the Office of the Vice President, Research and Innovation, Research Finance, Human Resources and the Office of Research Ethics, will give you all the tools you need to figure out accessing your grant funds, hiring your research personnel, getting your project cleared for safety and ethics purposes, and staying on track with your reporting. 
Kate Rosser-Davies, Research Systems and Metrics Coordinator
Amy Taylor, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Research and Innovation
Paige Sowerby, Manager of Restricted Funds
Harmony Peach, Manager, Office of Research Ethics

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On-Demand EDI Resources