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KIAS WordPress Blog discontinued

Please note that the KIAS WordPress Blog has been discontinued and will not be updated or monitored as of September 3oth, 2015. For KIAS news and announcements going forward please visit our institute website at! We look forward to connecting with you there!


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Falling Walls Lab UAlberta Returns ​September 30th.​ Be a part of it​ + win a trip to Berlin!

Falling Walls Lab UAlberta Returns ​September 30​
Be a part of it​ + win a trip to Berlin

We are seeking 15 of UAlberta’s outstanding Next Gen researchers, academics and innovators under 35 in all disciplines—have an idea, research project, social innovation or entrepreneurial initiative that could break down walls or enhance society? Share it in 3 minutes to a judging panel from academia, research institutions, business, government.

Up to three presenters will win a trip to Berlin to compete in the international finale on November 8, 2015—alongside 97 other international finalists. Hotel accommodation ​is also provided. Berlin’s top 3 presenters will be named ‘Young Innovator of the Year’ by an international judging panel (that includes the Nobel Foundation’s Board Chair) and a cash prize.

The winners also present again at the Falling Walls conference (November 9)—where 20 of the world’s leading scientists present their breakthrough research in 15 minutes. Speakers include: Nobel laureates, artists, scientists and government representatives. Attendees include: business and government leaders, scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs. The conference attracts an audience from over 80 nations and global media coverage.

​​Falling Walls Lab (FWLab) UAlberta
Last year, UAlberta was invited to host 1 of 20 international Falling Walls Labs. These Labs are qualifying events for the finale in Berlin and are designed to showcase the quality and passion of next generation of top researchers and innovators, and to promote communication and connections and the exchange of ideas and knowledge.​ ​​​One of our top three​ from last year, Nermeen Youssef, won second place in the Berlin finale. ​To share your idea and win a trip to the Berlin finale you must apply by​ August 24, 2015​.

​​Visit ​​ ​for more details ​including:

  • Application qualifications and process
  • Information on the presentation training bootcamp conducted by one of Canada’s leading angel investors
  • IP protection and stage of breakthrough idea/project
  • Videos of last year’s UAlberta Lab participants

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KIAS’ 2014-15 Annual Report is now available online!

Check out all the exciting projects and collaborations we’ve been busy with this past year! The 2014-15 KIAS Annual Report is now available online at

All our annual reports are available for viewing on our website at, for ease of access and environmental responsibility.

Translating and Performing the Mexican – American Border

A staged reading of Boundless Border by Carlos Morton 
(translation by Sandra Gaviria-Buck)
February 28, 7:30 pm, Arts’ Based Research Studio (Education Building, 4th floor)
A tale of survival and death set at the border between El  Paso

 and Ciudad Juarez. The play addresses the politics of the Mexican-American border, the femicide of hundreds of women in that region of the world, and the issue of immigration. This is the play’s first production in English and is made possible by a generous KIAS Cluster Grant and the collaboration of the Department of Drama and the department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies. The playwright will be attending the reading.

The evening will include the reading of border poems translated by MLCS professors Odile Cisneros and Ann de Leon and their MA students in Translation.– 


There will also be an interview conducted by Stefano Muneroni (Drama) with Carlos Morton on February 27, 1:00-2:30, in the Timms Centre for the Arts’ Lobby.

Carlos Morton (Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin) is Professor of Theatre at the University of California (Santa Barbara). He has over one hundred theatrical productions, both in the U.S. and abroad. His professional credits include the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Center Theatre, La Compa“Ãa Nacional de Mexico, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, and the Arizona Theatre Company. He is the author of The Many Deaths of Danny Rosales and Other Plays (1983), Johnny Tenorio and Other Plays (1992), The Fickle Finger of Lady Death (1996), Rancho Hollywood y otras obras del teatro chicano (1999), and Dreaming on a Sunday in the Alameda (2004). A former Mina Shaughnessy Scholar, Fulbright Lecturer to Mexico (1989-90), and Distinguished Fulbright Lecturer to Poland (2006-07), Morton also holds an M.F.A. in Drama from the University of California, San Diego. Since 1981 Morton has lived on the border between Mexico and the United States teaching at universities in Texas, California and Mexico.


Developing a Data Management Plan: New Expectations for Funding Workshop

Researchers often gather data as part of research projects and granting councils ask that data be deposited appropriately. Canada’s federal research granting agencies have started a consultation Toward a Policy Framework for Advancing Digital Scholarship in Canada which includes language about changing policies to promote “excellence in data management practices”. Researchers therefore need to consider data management when planning research projects and grant proposals. This workshop will introduce researchers to the resources on campus to help you develop a research data management plan and discuss some best practices. All researchers and other staff or colleagues involved with team or partnership applications are encouraged to attend this workshop.

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Location: Room 122 Education South

Dr. Geoffry Rockwell, Professor and Director, Kule Institute for Advanced Study
Geoff Harder, Digital Initiatives Coordinator, Libraries
Chuck Humphrey, Research Data Services Coordinator, Libraries

Dr. Lois Harder, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Arts
Dr. Patricia Boechler, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Education
Registration by November 6: Free to anyone who wishes to participate

TIN 2013 Conference

Here is the latest version of the conference programme, please keep in mind that we’re still wrestling with visa’s for some of the participants so there may be changes.

TIN program-Aug12


New SSHRC application assistance available

There is a new service available to help UAlberta researchers with SSHRC grant applications.

The University of Alberta Grant Assist Program is an initiative by the Office of the Vice-President (Research). The Grant Assist Program emerged from a pilot project, The CIHR Special Project, which provided supports for researchers applying for CIHR grants, and is now an established support for University of Alberta researchers.

In March 2013 the Grant Assist Program was extended to pilot supports for social sciences and humanities researchers applying for SSHRC grants. The SSHRC pilot of the Grant Assist Program is designed to enhance the quality and competitiveness of applications being submitted to SSHRC. The Grant Assist Program (SSHRC) offers key supports through peer review of proposals, professional editing, and casual support by doctoral research assistants. There are also opportunities for learning and mentorship through workshops, website and other resources, writing clubs and retreats, and micro-mentorship (one-on-one discussions about proposal development). The Grant Assist Program currently has a bridge funding opportunity available through the Partnership LOI GAP Fund (deadline July 5, 2013).

KIAS is looking forwatd to working with Bonnie, and the Grant Assistance Program, to create ever stronger research capacity here at UAlberta!

For more information please contact:
Bonnie Stelmach at bonnies [at ]