David PhippsBiography

David Phipps leads University of York’s award winning Knowledge Mobilization Unit that provides services to researchers, community organizations and government agencies who wish to use maximize the economic, social and environmental impacts of university research in Ontario.  In 2011 and 2012 Dr. Phipps was named the most influential knowledge mobilizer in Canada and in 2012 York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit was awarded a best practice award from the European-based Knowledge Economy Network. In 2012 he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his work in knowledge mobilization.  In 2013 he was one of three national finalists for the Impact Award – Connections category from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

He also leads ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche, Canada’s knowledge mobilization network including 11 universities from across Canada.

The UK KMb Forum creates a unique opportunity to bring together knowledge mobilization researchers, practitioners and partners from different sectors and different disciplines. In an increasingly professionalized practice the UK KMb Forum supports networking, training and professional development.


Maximise your Impact clinic – Action learning format

REF defines impact “as an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia”. Do you make these impacts? How can you maximize these impacts either as a researcher, a practitioner or an end user? This session will explore methods for maximizing impacts of research outside of the academy. Using audience generated content in a facilitated fashion, this participatory workshop will draw expertise from the audience to answer questions about impact: what and how. No podium. No presentation. Just wisdom from the group.