RIPE with opportunity: Join OC for a conference showcasing applied research in the region

By Public Affairs | April 9, 2021

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From proposal writing to hydroponics, chemotherapy to climate change, and early childhood education to engaging with marginalized populations, the region is RIPE with applied research projects and Okanagan College is inviting you to attend its free showcase event to hear about the innovative research projects happening in your own backyard.

RIPE (Research, Innovation and Partnerships Expo) is happening on May 4 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. as a virtual event, allowing people from across the region to attend. The event is an opportunity for community members, industry, educators, researchers and students to network and learn how applied research is growing new partnerships and enriching students’ educational experience in the Okanagan.

“The depth of applied research happening in Canada right now is paramount and I am so pleased to be able to share some of it with our community in this engaging event,” says Dr. Beverlie Dietze, Director of Learning and Applied Research at the College. “Applied research is ever-changing but there is always one constant needed – collaboration. Events like RIPE encourage people to get involved and connect with others on crucial topics that impact our families, our communities and our world.”

The event features Secwepemc speakers and 2019 Governor General’s Innovation Award winners, Dr. Marianne Ignace and Chief Dr. Ron Ignace who are prominently known for creating a collaborative approach to research involving Indigenous peoples and communities. In addition, there are upwards of 14 seminars and workshops which cover a wide range of topics and interests, led by industry-leading professionals.

“Applied research and innovation continues to grow significantly at Okanagan College, and RIPE is a fantastic opportunity to engage with researchers, to learn about projects, and to see how you can benefit from the skills and knowledge of our faculty, instructors, students and partners,” says OC Provost and Vice President Academic Dr. Andrew Hay. “I would encourage community members to register and join us for the day – I think you will find it to be time well spent.”

For more information on the expo including schedule details, workshop descriptions and to register for this free event, please visit

Tags: Inside OC, Learning and Applied Research, RIPE



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