D3 - Issues and challenges setting up the doctoral training collaboration in MEOPAR, Canada

Day 2 at 13:45 - Background

Our future depends on an informed relationship with the ocean

Established in 2012, MEOPAR is the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network, a non-profit national Centres of Excellence, funded by the Government of Canada. Our network is comprised of 35 outstanding natural and social scientist principal investigators in 12 universities across Canada, conducting 20 diverse research projects, with the goal to better understand, predict and respond to the impact of the human-marine hazard interface. The principal investigators hire HQP’s (highly qualified personnel) for whom MEOPAR provides a researcher development training program. This session will introduce the audience to MEOPAR, our research, and our experience in developing a diverse next generation of marine researchers in Canada. In this session, we will live demo our online training software (Adobe Connect) between the UK and with a doctoral researcher in Canada. For more information, please refer to About Adobe Connect later in this outline.

Presentation from Workshop D3


Day Day 2
Session D
Start time 13:45
Strand Postgraduate Research
Code D3

Tanya Crawford - Training and Research Co-ordinator, MEOPAR

This session will share:

  • an introduction to MEOPAR
  • our goals for researcher development in our Network
  • the opportunities and challenges for researcher development in our Network
  • the strategies we are employing as a network to address the above (e.g., Adobe Connect)
  • the ‘lessons learned’ to date
  • our training plan for researcher development in YEAR 1

Participants will:

  • acquire new knowledge about the researcher development we do (in person and online) in a potentially new-to-you context: the Canadian marine environment
  • participate in a Q & A dialogue for clarity about our researcher development initiative

-provide feedback to the presenter about our researcher development activities


Presentation, interwoven discussion, Q&A. A live demo of Adobe Connect that MEOPAR uses for doctoral training will be included. A graphic recording visual aid (4’ x 8’ banner) accompanies this presentation and will be posted in the session room.

About Adobe Connect

To participate in the live demo in this session, use this link: https://meopar.adobeconnect.com/vitae-conference/ . When prompted, type your name in the Guest dialogue box and you will then enter the virtual meeting space.

To use Adobe Connect, you will need a computer, internet connection, a headset or a microphone with speakers. A webcam is optional.

If you wish to participate in the live demo, please check your computer compatibility prior to September 10 at https://meopar.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm .

To learn more about Adobe Connect, please read http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect.html .