Ted Hewitt says it has never been more important to communicate the value of social sciences and humanities research
The 2015 Final Five Storytellers. From left to right: Heather Prime, Naveen Devasagayam, Tanya Elchuk, Ted Hewitt (SSHRC President), Simon Lisaingo, Bryan Gallagher
Ted Hewitt, president of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), today applauded five talented students from across the country, after they were judged the best “storytellers” from among a field of 25 finalists in a national competition to find ways to better communicate the impact of social sciences and humanities research.
The annual Storytellers competition challenges postsecondary students to demonstrate—in three minutes or 300 words—how SSHRC-funded research is making a difference in the lives of Canadians. The 25 finalists this year addressed a range of issues—from water security and immigration, to social justice, education and food security—and highlighted how knowledge from the social sciences and humanities helps Canadians understand and improve the world around us.
“It has never been more important to communicate the value of social sciences and humanities research, and its contribution to Canadians’ well-being,” said Hewitt. “These five talented winners clearly have the skills, knowledge and creativity needed to be successful in their fields. I congratulate all of them.”
The five winning students in the 2015 Storytellers competition are:
- Naveen Devasagayam
- Tanya Elchuk
- Bryan Gallagher
- Simon Lisaingo
- Heather Prime
This year’s final round of competition took place in front of a live audience at the 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, hosted by the University of Ottawa.
Judging the competitors were Shari Graydon, author, journalist and founder of Informed Opinions; Paul Kennedy, broadcast journalist and host of CBC’s Ideas; Kirk Luther, former Final Five Storyteller and winner of SSHRC’s 2014 Talent Award; Véronique Morin, documentarist, science journalist and contributor to Téle-Québec’s Le Code Chastenay; and Stephen Toope, director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and president of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
A list of the Top 25 finalists is below. The entries of all the Top 25 Storytellers can be viewed on YouTube.
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2015 Top 25 Storytellers