Mobilizing Knowledge
Experiential Learning, Engaging in Public Discourse and Visual Communication Tools

There are many ways that researchers can communicate their findings and share their expertise on a topic. While preparing text, visuals and presentations, researchers also have the opportunity to understand and see their work from new perspectives, which may even lead to further discovery. 

In this newsletter, we are highlighting the different ways that researchers at the University of Guelph are communicating their research from drawn visuals of key findings from student and community partner projects, to infographics on bioplastics, to participating in public panel discussions. We hope you enjoy these diverse ways of learning about research as much as we do!

Wishing you a happy and healthy start to the Fall.

- Evan Fraser, Director of Arrell Food Institute 
Learn More About the Growing Stronger Project
Community Partnership Projects 2019-2020
Outcomes from Experiential Learning

Each year Arrell Scholars and their HQP peers are paired with an organization or business to build new skills through experiential learning. Together, these teams tackle an agri-food problem and develop a solution that draws on the expertise of the participating students.

This past year students worked with organizations such as The Seed and Oreka Solutions to tackle food waste challenges and the Culinary Tourism Alliance to measure the environmental impacts of agri-tourism. 

Check Out The Results!

What We Are Watching
Food's Digital Future

Arrell Food Institute's Director, Evan Fraser and 2019 Arrell Food Hero Lenore Newman will be discussing the role of technology in agriculture on a virtual panel event hosted by City Age on September 10th. 

The panelists will explore how digital technologies can be part of the solution in addressing the dilemma of needing to produce more for a growing global population, while reducing our food's environmental footprint.

Register Here

What We Are Exploring
Beginning to end of-life of bioplastics and conventional plastics

Prof. Maria Corradini and a team of researchers are exploring ways to better communicate our waste management systems and our role in properly disposing of plastics.

The infographic above outlines the different pathways that plastics can take from their origin to their end-of-life. The raw material can be either petroleum or bio-based. In the case of bio-based material, their attractiveness is based on being from renewable sources. Some petroleum-based plastics can be biodegradable, some bio-based plastics are not biodegradable, and both types of plastics can be recyclable. 

The different pathways demonstrate that plastic disposal is complex, and materials do not always end up where we might assume.

Learn More About Bioplastics

News from the Virtual Campus of 
Canada's Food University
  • Grocers needed to operate as 'business as usual' when the circumstances were far from it. Prof Simon Somogyi speaks with Western Grocer about the 'new normal' for grocers after enduring massive hurdles during the pandemic. Read the Article.
  • Making mistakes - a key part of learning experiences. René S. Shahmohamadloo, PhD Candidate, writes for Science Magazine on the importance of letting Mentees make mistakes. Read the Article
  • Planning for whats next. Prof. Evan Fraser comments on the Growing Stronger project’s groundwork to understand what happened in 2020 and to plan better for what’s next. Read the Article. 
  • A Portal to Career Opportunities and Talent Acquisition. The Experiential Learning Hub invites employers to partner to tap into the talent at the University of Guelph, with students seeking full-time, part-time, or co-op opportunities. Visit the Website
  • Stay up-to-date on Arrell Food Institute Insights and News. On this page we highlight the current topics our experts are speaking to in the media. Visit the Site.
Who We Are Following 
Black Creek Community Farm

The Black Creek Community Farm was founded in 2012 and operates as an urban farm social enterprise focused on improving food security, reducing social isolation, and improving employment and education outcomes.

Black Creek Farm was awarded the
Arrell Food Hero Award in 2018. We are continuously inspired by their mission to serve and enrich the community through a thriving farm, healthy food, hands-on training and learning experiences, and to inspire the next generation by providing leadership in food justice while supporting diverse natural and social ecosystems. 

Leticia Deawuo, Director, Black Creek Community Farm was a panelist on Covid 19 + Food Insecurity: the Intersection webinar. Watch the Webinar Here
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