UBC’s 2023 Partnering in Research Conference

June 15, 2023, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

UBC Robson Square (downtown Vancouver)

Working together for societal impact.

Today's societal challenges are urgent and complex; they demand the creation of new knowledge and its accelerated translation into action, and cannot be resolved by the actions of a single institution or group. That's why partnered research, a collaborative approach that brings together academic institutions and wider communities, is crucial for tackling issues such as climate change, health disparities and social inequalities. At UBC's Partnering in Research Conference, we're bringing together 200 faculty, staff, students and community partners from across BC to discuss how we can collaborate meaningfully for greater impact.

Join us as we explore the ethical, cultural and political challenges of partnered research and develop strategies for driving real change.

What is partnered research? 

We define partnered research1 as the collaboration between institutions of higher education and wider communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

The purpose of partnered research is to foster connections between university knowledge and resources and those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; to address critical societal issues; to prepare educated, engaged citizens; to support reconciliation and decolonization; to strengthen civic responsibility; and to contribute to the public good.

What to expect

The event is open to UBC faculty, staff, graduate students and external partners who collaborate with UBC.

  • Hear inspiring stories of collaboration from fellow researchers and external partners 
  • Discover how to establish and maintain ethical, equitable and inclusive partnerships
  • Network with a diverse group of practitioners from a variety of research disciplines.

We are delighted to share that collaborators from the Institute of Community Engaged Research will be hosting a parallel event at the UBC Okanagan campus, including livestreams of each of the plenary events throughout the day (9:15 am to 4:30pm).

Registration and itinerary

Cost: faculty, staff and graduate students ($45), community partners ($35, or free if attending with UBC research partner)

UBC Okanagan will host an on-site Lunch and Livestream of the conference keynote and plenary.

Buy tickets for the in-person conference at UBC Robson Square

Register for the Okanagan Lunch and Livestream


Organized by the UBC Knowledge Exchange Unit and UBC Community Engagement in collaboration with a cross-campus advisory team. 



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We acknowledge that UBC’s campuses are situated within the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh, and in the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation and their peoples.


1 This definition is adapted from the Carnegie Foundation's definition of community engagement, used in the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement, carnegieclassifications.acenet.edu/elective-classifications/community-engagement


We are located across UBC Point Grey and Robson Square Campus. Learn more about our locations

We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey and Robson Square campuses are situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations.

About us

The UBC Knowledge Exchange Unit builds capacity among researchers, students and staff across disciplines to develop and share impactful knowledge through connections and exchange with communities, government, not-for-profit organizations and the general public.

We are a part of Innovation UBC in the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (VPRI) portfolio

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