The communicating and sharing of their knowledge and new innovations is deeply ingrained in the work of Ryerson scholars. The university and its faculty mobilize their discoveries to the broader community and the public through presentations, conferences, exhibitions and workshops. Through this knowledge mobilization, new connections and networks are forged, fostering further expansion of ideas.
Eliza Chandler (Disability Studies) led the three-day symposium Cripping the Arts. Over 800 disability artists, activists, arts council officers, academics and community members from Canada, the US and the UK met to understand and celebrate bodies and minds of difference. The symposium included panel discussions on representations of Deaf, disability and mad art in the media, as well as performances and exhibits from artists across a range of artistic practice.
Dérick Rousseau (Chemistry and Biology) hosted the inaugural Ryerson University Food Science Research Symposium, bringing together students, academics and industry from Canada and The Netherlands to discuss the development of sustainable food that is efficiently produced while being tasty and nutritious. During the symposium, 60 students gave poster and oral research presentations.
Bala Venkatesh (Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering), academic director of Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Energy (CUE), welcomed 175 attendees from Canada and around the world to discuss clean technologies for smart cities. The conference, co-hosted by CUE and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, looked at the latest research and development in sustainable energy, with more than 100 paper sessions presented during the two-day colloquium.