UBC-UAEMer Mike Gretes speaks at TerryTalks

This morning, Mike Gretes of UBC-UAEM gave an impassioned speech at the first inaugural TerryTalks event — the first instance of what will hopefully be an annual event, modeled after the TED conference, where UBC students are challenged to give “the talk of their lives”. Your humble correspondent was tremendously impressed by Mike’s talk, and thinks the audience got a lot out of it as well. We had lots of interest at the booth during the breaks. Great job, Mike!

We are looking forward to sharing the video with you: it will be posted online at some point.

For those just dropping in to find out how you can help, there is one thing in particular we need help with: spreading the word.

That is, telling people about our vision for the world [of biomedical research at universities], as encapsulated by UAEM’s Philadelphia Consensus Statement, but also for the emerging reality: global access licensing is now being implemented at UBC. But for this to truly succeed, UBC researchers need to know about it, and we need to export this success across Canada and around the world.

So what you could do is print out a copy of our consensus statement, and a copy of UBC’s global access principles, and go talk to your professors (or anyone else involved in medical research: TAs, grad students, etc) about these issues. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could give Mike’s talk, or something like it, to your classmates, or at a departmental seminar. Please let us know if you plan to do this! We will be happy to help.

If you’d like to practice your spiel and get feedback first, come on out to one of our meetings. Or you may want to learn more first. In any case, we’ve got lots of other ways to get involved. And as always, we’d love to hear from you.

Update: the script and slides have now been posted on the Learn More page.


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