Open invite to shared health research facility townhall

One of the recommendations and priorities of UVic’s Health Initiative is to "build and invest in new shared infrastructure platforms." Following this recommendation, the Office of the VP Research and Innovation is working to transform a currently unoccupied space in the Petch building into a shared facility for health researchers from across the University.

With a budget of ~$1.5 million (for planning and renovation) the ~2000 sqft space will be reimagined to create valuable new research spaces that will allow UVic health researchers to grow their programs and foster new interdisciplinary collaborations.

Planning will take place over the rest of 2021, with renovations taking place next fiscal year (2022/23). 

To launch the planning process, we invite you to a virtual townhall meeting to contribute your ideas on what this new shared research space could look like and what it could achieve. We would also like to use the meeting to identify a sub-group of individuals who would be keen to participate in the design phase of the project.

Ideas for a shared research facility: virtual townhall

Thursday July 29, 2021 | 12 p.m.-1 p.m. | Zoom Meeting
Open to all UVic faculty, staff, postdocs, and students in any unit/department

To facilitate discussion we’d be grateful if you would think about the following questions in advance of the meeting:

  • What does a shared health research space on campus need?
  • What would make a shared space valuable and impactful?
  • How do we make a dynamic space that is able to grow and change with the needs of researchers?

Due to the tight timescales of the project, we are aware and apologise that this meeting will fall when many individuals will be on holidays or away from campus. If you are unable to attend, we would encourage you to send your feedback to SurveyMonkey by July 30, 2021. We will also seek further feedback from our campus community at another townhall as the project progresses.