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Dr Geoff Garrett AO



Dr Geoff Garrett AO is the former Chief Scientist of the State of Queensland, Australia and led two of the world’s major national research and development (R&D) organisations, CSIRO in Australia and CSIR in South Africa. He currently lectures in leadership and change management and provides coaching support in these areas to academics and to senior officers of the Australian Public Service.

As Queensland’s Chief Scientist (2011 – 2016) he was accountable for science policy, providing strategic guidance across a range of government departments, and was involved with or led a number of reviews and enquiries covering the science of floods, uranium mining, the bat-induced Hendra virus, underground coal gasification, health and biomedical research and water quality improvement in the Great Barrier Reef.

Formerly, from 2001 – 2008, Garrett was Chief Executive and member of the Board of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).  In this capacity he also served on the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council in Australia for eight years. Before joining CSIRO, Garrett led South Africa’s national science agency, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), as President and Chief Executive, 1995 – 2000, following five years as Executive Vice President, Operations. He joined CSIR in 1986 to head up South Africa’s National Institute for Materials Research.

Before joining CSIR, from 1979 Garrett taught at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg as Professor of Physical and Fabrication Metallurgy and subsequently as Head of Department. Prior to this, Garrett held a lecturing position at the University of Cape Town, from 1973, where he was also Warden at Leo Marquard Hall of Residence.

During his academic career, he held visiting positions at Brown University (RI, USA), and Oxford and Sheffield Universities (UK). Educated in the United Kingdom, Garrett is a graduate of Cambridge University where he completed a doctorate in metallurgy. He was also a Cambridge Boxing Blue. His research interests centred around the fracture and fatigue behaviour of engineering materials.

During 2010, he was a Visiting Fellow in Innovation with the Australian National University (ANU). During that time he was also engaged with an International Review for the US National Science Foundation of the major 25 country International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), and in 2010 was appointed Chairman of ANZIC, the Australia New Zealand IODP Consortium comprising 20 collaborating institutions, a post he held through to December 2016.

At present, in addition to his executive coaching work, he is also a Deputy Chair of the National Youth Science Forum, a non-Executive Director of Behaviour Innovation Pty Ltd, and Patron of the Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA). 

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Dr David Phipps (Canada)

Research & Innovation Services York University, Ontario

Dr. Phipps received his Ph.D. in Immunology from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) and undertook post-doctoral studies in HIV research at the University Health Network (Toronto).  After leaving the lab he built a career managing academic research holding successively senior positions at the University of Toronto Innovations Foundation (Manager of Biotechnology and Life Sciences), Canadian Arthritis Network (Director of Business Development) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Director of Partnerships).  In 2001 Dr. Phipps completed his MBA from the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto).  Dr. Phipps is the Executive Director of Research & Innovation Services at York University where he manages all research grants and contracts including knowledge and technology transfer.

In this capacity he leads York’s award winning Knowledge Mobilization Unit that provides services to researchers, community organizations and government agencies who wish to use maximize the economic, social and environmental impacts of university research.  Dr. Phipps has been named the most influential knowledge mobilizer in Canada. In 2012 York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit was awarded a best practice award from the European-based Knowledge Economy Network. In 2012 he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his work in knowledge mobilization.  In 2013 he was one of three national finalists for the Impact Award – Connections category from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He was also awarded the 2015 Research Management Excellence Award (Canadian Association of Research Administrators) and 2015 President’s Award for Innovation in Knowledge Mobilization (Institute for Knowledge Mobilization). In 2015 he was named the Gordon and Jean Southam Fellow from the Association of Commonwealth Universities. In 2017 Research Impact Canada received the Directors’ Award for Inter-Institutional Collaboration from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators.

He is the Knowledge Translation Lead for Kids Brain Health Network of Centres of Excellence and is the Network Director for Research Impact Canada, Canada’s knowledge mobilization network including 15 universities investing in strategies to maximize the impact of research.


Dr Melanie Barwick (Canada)

SickKids Research Institute

Melanie Barwick, PhD, CPsych is a Senior Scientist in the Child Evaluative Sciences Program of the SickKids’ Research Institute, and Head of the Child and Youth Mental Health Research Unit (CYMHRU) in the Department of Psychiatry at The Hospital for Sick Children SickKids). She is affiliated with the SickKids’ Learning Institute where she conducts professional development in knowledge translation, and with the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, as a scientist and member of the leadership.

At the University of Toronto, she is Professor in the Department of psychiatry and Adjunct Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Institute for Health Policy, Measurement, and Evaluation.

Dr. Barwick is an internationally recognized expert in implementation science and knowledge translation, and has a program of health services research that spans health, mental health, education, and global health sectors. Her research aims to improve the implementation of evidence into practice and to broaden the reach of evidence more generally to support decision making, policy, knowledge and awareness. She has extensive practical field experience in implementation, as lead technical assistance supporting outcome measurement for Ontario child and youth mental health provider organizations (2000-2015).

She developed and provides professional development in knowledge translation internationally through the Specialist Knowledge Translation Training™ (for researchers) and the Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate™ (for KT practitioners). The KTPC has been recognized as a Leading Practice by Accreditation Canada and has over 300 graduates worldwide from Canada, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Ireland, Spain,
Trinidad & Tobago, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States). Since 2004, SKTT has trained over 3000 individuals internationally, and is the go-to KT training resource for many
Canadian health funders and organizations.

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Dr Julie Bayley (United Kingdom)

Director of research impact development, University of Lincoln (UK)

Dr Julie Bayley is the Director of Research Impact Development at the University of Lincoln (UK). She is an impact specialist and HCPC Registered Chartered Health Psychologist and Director of Impact for Lincoln’s Eleanor Glanville Centre for Equality and Diversity. Julie is champion of the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) Impact Special Interest Group, leads ARMA impact training and sits on the ARMA Professional Development Committee. She won the inaugural ARMA Impact award in 2015 and is currently commissioned as Emerald Publishing’s Impact Literacy Advisor to support their ‘Real World Impact’ programme. Julie works with a range of funders to strengthen impact planning and governance, and collaborates internationally to develop impact literacy across the research sector. With over 15 years’ experience as an applied researcher in behaviour change, Julie now combines academic research and impact management to support training, strategy development and capacity building across the sector. For more information Julie can be found on Twitter (@JulieEBayley) or via her blog (  

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Dr Susan Renoe (USA)

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Development & Strategic Partnerships, University of Missouri

Dr. Susan Renoe is Associate Vice Chancellor at the University of Missouri. She also serves as Executive Director of the NSF-funded Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (OIA-1810732) and is an assistant professor of strategic communication in the MU School of Journalism.

She serves on several advisory boards including the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering, the Network for Advancing & Evaluating the Societal Impact of Science, the Research Impact Assessment Advisory Board for the Centres de Recerca de Catalunya and the University of Missouri Museum of Anthropology. She also served as a juror for the 2017 Swedish Impact Award and was a member of the Center for Advancing Informal Science Education’s Research and Practice task force.

She received her MA and PHD in education from the University of California-Santa Barbara and BA and MA in anthropology from the University of Missouri.