Research Spotlight Series


Research Spotlights are hour-long talks that take place either virtually on Zoom or in a hybrid format (at MN3230 and on Zoom), where researchers are invited to discuss their research in relation to a particular theme. Researchers present their own research projects in a lightning-style format for 10 minutes each, followed by a discussion of the theme and questions from the audience. The main goal is for this event series is to be generative for the speakers and participants. Additionally, it supports CDRS' mandate to build and sustain trans-disciplinary research connections at UTM.


Past Research Spotlights

Affording Possibilities: The potential of social interaction in Virtual Reality

When and Where

Friday, March 24, 2023 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Online and in Collaborative Digital Research Space (MN3230), Maanjiwe nendamowinan building (MN3230), University of Toronto Mississauga


  • Bree McEwan
  • Karina Vold
  • Michael Nixon


What are the implications of the Metaverse (the virtual realm) for the future of collaborative research?
Join CDRS on March 24, 2023 for a NEW Research Spotlight: “Affording Possibilities: The Potential of Social Interaction in Virtual Reality.” This hybrid event will be held from 1:30-2:30 PM in person at the Collaborative Digital Research Space in the Maanjiwe nendamowinan building (MN3230) at the University of Toronto Mississauga, or virtually on Zoom.
Speakers Dr. Bree McEwan (Associate Professor, ICCIT and Associate Director of the Data Science Institute at UTM), Dr. Karina Vold (Assistant Professor, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology) and Dr. Michael Nixon (Assistant Professor, ICCIT and Assistant Director, Technology, Coding and Society) will join us for a conversation about the Metaverse, virtual reality (VR) and the implications of the virtual realm for the future of social interaction and collaborative research.
  • Register for the in-person event.
  • Register for the virtual event via Zoom.

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