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Knowledge Exchange (KE) Insights Workshop—Mid-Career Researchers

2016 PHC Research Conference: Workshop abstract

Christina Hagger*, Kerri Kellett*, Julie Marker*, Amanda Carne*

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Target audience
Research Higher Degree supervisors.
Hearing about Knowledge Exchange (KE) and Research Translation (RT)—but not quite sure what these terms mean or how they impact on your work—particularly students you are supervising?

This KE Insights workshop steps you through knowledge exchange and how it differs from research translation. It outlines the climate for KE and why it is important as part of the contemporary PhD. Some international examples will be highlighted. Participants will work in small groups to discuss how KE thinking can add value to their work as well as the experience, and competencies, of their PhD students.

Whether your PhD students are planning academic or industry careers, they will benefit from a knowledge exchange (KE) mindset.

A KE mindset gives an edge to researchers who want their work to impact beyond academic circles. Such researchers see research as a public resource, not just a publication. Going beyond research translation, they value working with research users from the outset to inform and strengthen research directions.

While effective researchers develop the critical outward facing KE mindset and skills over the length of their careers, it is rarely taught in research higher degree institutions. This is despite increasing recognition by the Australian Government to more explicitly embed 'soft' skills and innovation capabilities in research training programs.
Context and aims
1. Outline the climate for KE—why it is important in the contemporary PhD.
2. Introduce some international examples.
3. Discuss the benefits of a KE outlook for students’ careers - academic or industry.
4. Share ideas on strategies that are working well plus ways to integrate KE thinking into students’ practice to help them build, and expand, their professional networks.
Anticipated outcomes
Participants will:
1. learn why a KE outlook can be described as a paradigm shift
2. gain an understanding of the political, societal and university contexts supporting the value of incorporating KE thinking as part of the contemporary PhD
3. share ideas on how a KE outlook contributes to innovation to benefit society
4. learn how a KE outlook can assist students to develop competence and confidence in developing their own professional identity as well as exploring career options.
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Session details
2:00pm Thursday 09 June 2016, Convention Centre Canberra - Torrens Room
Hagger C, Kellett K, Marker J, Carne A. (2016). Knowledge Exchange (KE) Insights Workshop—Mid-Career Researchers . In: 2016 Primary Health Care Research Conference: Program & Abstracts. Primary Health Care Research and Information Service, Australia.

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