An upcoming workshop on Communicating and Mobilizing Research and Community Data, Information and Knowledge will bring together UAK project partners, domain experts, and some early career researchers to explore new ways of communicating and disseminating research for a wide range of different audiences. The workshop will be hosted by the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado, as part of the UAK project.

Workshop Details

Date: 1 – 3 October 2019 at the University of Colorado, Boulder

Location: University of Colorado Boulder Student Recreation Centre (1835 Pleasant St, Boulder, CO 80309, USA), in the Ice Overlook Large Meeting Room (2nd floor).

Last Name First Name Organization Country Role
Sandven Stein Nansen Center Norway UAK Partner
Murray Maribeth AINA, University of Calgary Canada UAK Partner
Pulsifer Peter NSIDC, University of Colorado USA UAK Partner
Iversen Lisbeth Nansen Center Norway UAK Partner
Galley Ryan University of Manitoba Canada UAK Partner
Sørensen Mathilde University of Bergen Norway UAK Partner
Sagen Hanne Nansen Center Norway UAK Partner
Hamre Torill Nansen Center Norway UAK Partner
Johnson Noor ELOKA, NSIDC, University of Colorado USA UAK Partner
Druckenmiller Matt ELOKA, NSIDC, University of Colorado USA UAK Partner
Jones Josh IARC USA Early Career
Michálek Jan University of Bergen Norway Early Career
Spiers Kent AINA, University of Calgary Canada Early Career
Schiøtt Sascha Greenland Institute of Natural Resources Denmark, Greenland Early Career

Meeting Background and Outline of Methods for Participants

As we experience significant and rapid environmental and social change, science and research are more important than any time in history. Meeting the challenges of current and future generations will require the best available information and knowledge. Moreover, sharing information and knowledge between and among a wide range of actors in society will help to ensure that research has the best possible scientific and societal impact.

Traditionally, research has been shared within the academy through expert-to-expert communication platforms such as journals or scholarly meetings, for example. Increasingly, there is societal interest in ensuring that research results and methods are communicated to broader audiences including policy and decision makers, elementary and secondary school students, researchers from outside disciplines, industry, civil society, governments at all scales, and the general public. Individual researchers or research organizations may not have experience or expertise in communicating and mobilizing community and research results and data. The purpose of this workshop, under the Useful Arctic Knowledge project, is to learn about different theories, methods and examples of research and knowledge communication and mobilization, and to apply what we learn to case studies focused on the particular research domain of workshop participants. Potential products emerging from the workshop include a special issue focused on the results of the workshop and other work of participants and others, and teaching and learning modules for use in teaching environments.

Science and research communications can be broadly defined as the practice of informing, educating, sharing curiosity, and raising awareness of science and research-related topics. Methods include engagement with the media (newspaper, radio, television, blogosphere, social media etc.), compelling story-telling, film making, podcasting, public engagement, and many others.

The term “knowledge mobilization” relates to science and research communications, however refers to more proactively moving available knowledge into active use, particularly by connecting researchers with policy makers and other practitioners “on the ground”. Knowledge mobilization includes communication but goes beyond to include processes such as participatory action research, formal collaborations that involve researchers and other actors, models of knowledge co-production that are prominent in current dialogues in Arctic research, and the development of diverse networks that include many different kinds of knowledge holders/producers and researchers (e.g. community-based Indigenous Knowledge holders, local researchers, university-based researchers).

We will use a multi-tiered approach to enhance participants’ knowledge and inform their practice in the future.

First, a series of speakers who have professional experience in the domain of communicating and mobilizing research and community data, information and knowledge will share their experiences and knowledge of strategies and methods that can be used by researchers and community members. This will provide all participants with a foundation in the topic.

Second, participants will present “case studies” (approximately 15 minute presentations on Day 1 and additional time throughout the workshop) that include several pieces of information for their specific research domain:

  • A brief summary of the nature of their research including key questions within their field and some of the research activities that they are engaged in
  • A statement of the types of broader impacts that the participant would like to see come out of their research (e.g. have more impact on policy; be used in elementary level education etc.)
  • An overview of the communication and knowledge mobilization activities that the participant and/or their organization are already engaged in. If none, then outline the impediments to engaging in these activities.

Third, during the last session of Day 1, the group will synthesize these case studies to create a preliminary “framework” that can be applied to a particular domain case study. The framework will be developed at the workshop, however we can expect it to build on the content of keynote talks and the participant case studies and may include:

  • Rationales for engaging in communication and knowledge mobilization activities
  • Possible types of communication and mobilization strategies, methods, and approaches etc. that could be used
  • Methods for identifying appropriate audiences
  • Ways of engaging with different audiences
  • How to package, preserve and effectively share results of communication and mobilization
  • Network building approaches
  • Obtaining resources for activities
  • Other elements emerging from keynote talks, discussion, and case studies

Fourth, on Day 2, the framework will be applied to a set of case studies presented on Day 1 with the objective of creating an actual communications and mobilization strategy and materials for the case study (e.g. marine acoustics, a particular community-based research project, seismic etc.).

Fifth, on Day 3, we will establish a plan for how to “mobilize” the results of the workshop (e.g. special issue, teaching materials) and carry forward the effort through the remainder of the Useful Arctic Knowledge project.


Day 1 (October 1, 2019)
Time Topic Speaker(s) or Lead Notes
9:00  9:15 Introductions All **Workshop room details: Ice Overlook Large Meeting Room**
9:15 9:30 Review of UAK to date and theme of workshop Peter Pulsifer, All Communication and mobilizing research and community data, information and knowledge
9:30 10:30 Keynote talk and discussion: “An Overview of Science Communications and Knowledge Mobilization” Jennifer Walton
10:30 – 10:50 Break
10:50 12:00 Social science research on science communication, and related case studies Max Boykoff, Cassandra Brooks, Beth Osnes
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 3:15 Communication and mobilization (C & M) case studies 15 minute presentations
C & M at Nansen Center Stein Sandven
C & M at AINA Maribeth Murray
C & M at U. of Manitoba Ryan Galley
C & M at NSIDC Jennifer Walton, Peter Pulsifer
C & M with local communities Lisbeth Iversen
C & M with local communities Sascha Schiøtt
C & M focus on partnerships with Indigenous communities and organizations Josh Jones, Peter Pulsifer, Matt Druckenmiller, Noor Johnson
3:15 – 3:30 Break
3:30 4:30 Communication and mobilization (C & M) case studies (continued) 15 minute presentations
  Inorganic carbon cycling in both inland waters and the coastal ocean Samantha Jones
C & M for acoustics Hanne Sagen
C & M for seismology Jan Michálek
C & M for sea ice Ryan Galley
4:30 – 5:00 Open forum (facilitated discussion) on C & M
Review and synthesize case studies All Based on presentations earlier in the day and people’s individual experience, what are key opportunities, challenges, methods. etc. ?
5:00 Adjourn. Dinner on your own.
Day 2 (October 2, 2019)
Time Topic Speaker(s) or Lead Notes
9:00  9:30 Enhance framework for use in Day 2 All Enhance a C & M “framework” for application on Day 2, building on preliminary framework provided by Jennifer Walton
9:30 – 10:30 C & M in practice: Focus on specific case studies of participants. Use C & M framework to apply to specific case studies.

Objective is to create actual C & M strategy and materials for each case study. See Background and Outline of Methods for Participants above

Case study: Marine acoustics Hanne Sagen, Torill Hamre
Case study: Sea ice Ryan Galley, David Babb,(Jennifer Walton)
10:30 – 10:50 Break
10:50 – 12:15 Case study: Community-based research Josh Jones, Sascha Schiøtt, Peter Pulsifer, Noor Johnson, Matthew Druckenmiller
12:15 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 3:15 Case study: Seismology Jan Michálek
3:15 – 3:35 Break
3:35 – 5:00 Peer review All Entire group critiques the results for the day. Mock “Press Conference” or other kind of C & M activity [Note: We have a link to the school of environmental journalism. Could bring students in to act as peer reviewers]
5:00 Adjourn
7:00 Group dinner at the Chautauqua Dining Hall, Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark (900 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO 80302)
Day 3 (October 3, 2019)
Time Topic Speaker(s) or Lead Notes
9:00 – 10:30 Synthesis and product planning
Teaching and learning modules for use in teaching environments
Special issue on C & M for research
10:30 – 10:50 Break
10:50 – 12:15 UAK meeting – Planning for next phases of UAK All
12:15 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 Free time. Suggested activities include a hike at the Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark. More ideas can be found in the Boulder tourism website’s online activity guides.

Accommodation details

A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at:
Best Western Plus Boulder Inn
770 28th Street
Boulder, CO 80303
303-449-3800 ph
303-402-9118 fx

To make a reservation at the group rate:
Online code –
Phone code – call 800-233-8469 and quote “Useful Arctic Knowledge Workshop”

Reservation information:
• Arrival Date – Monday, September 30, 2019
• Departure Date – Thursday, October 3, 2019
• Group Rate – $149 for a room with one King bed
• Method of reservation – Guests will make own reservations and guarantee with individual credit cards
• Hotel check in/check out – 3pm/11am
• Complimentary breakfast served 6:30 AM to 10:00 AM, including scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, juices, 3 cereals, English muffins, bagels, doughnuts, assorted fresh fruit, and coffee.


Getting to Boulder

Boulder is approximately a one hour drive from Denver, with the Denver International Airport (DIA) being the closest international and national airport.

Below are some options for getting to Boulder (specifically the Best Western Plus Boulder Inn) from DIA:

  • PUBLIC TRANSIT – The Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) SkyRide Bus, runs at least hourly between DIA and Boulder (AB/AB1/AB2 route), with more frequent services on weekdays and at certain times on weekends. The buses depart from the new Transit Center, located on level one (ground floor) of the Jeppesen Terminal. Baggage claim is located on level five, so after collecting your luggage take the escalator down to level one. When arriving in Boulder from the airport, the closest SkyRide bus stop to the Best Western Plus Boulder Inn is the College stop just south of Colorado Ave (8 minute walk). The bus stop for the return journey may differ depending on whether you take the AB1 or the AB2 (see route map and schedule on the RTD website). Tickets are $10.50 and according to the RTD website they must be paid for in cash if purchased on the bus.
  • SHUTTLE – Airport shuttles should be reserved online or over the phone. Options include the Green Ride Shuttle and SuperShuttle.
  • DRIVING – There are two main driving routes, however the second is a toll route and cannot be paid for in cash: 
    • Free route – From the airport access road, Peña Boulevard, after 11 miles exit onto the I-70 W. Drive on the I-70 W for 4 miles and then take exit 279 A for the I-270 W. After 6 miles on the I-270 W continue on the US-36 W for 20 miles. The Best Western Plus Boulder Inn is located on the right side of the road at the Baseline Road Intersection.
    • Toll route – From the airport access road, Peña Boulevard, exit straight after leaving the airport onto the E-470 (toll road). The E-470 is called Northwest Parkway near Boulder. After about 27 miles on the E-470/Northwest Parkway take the US-36 W (Denver-Boulder Turnpike) exit. Continue on the US-36 W for 8 miles and the Best Western Plus Boulder Inn will be on the right side of the road at the Baseline Road intersection. See the E-470 website for information about paying the toll, particularly their page on rental cars if renting from the airport.