Sunday 19th March, 2017
The Junior Researcher Lab before the 2017 ISPIM Innovation Forum in Toronto will be bringing together junior researchers from all over the world. If you are considering doing a PhD – the ISPIM Junior Researcher Lab is for you!

The Community is organised to serve as a platform for young career researchers and PhD students to meet, collaborate, exchange experiences and network with other colleagues. It is also a platform to meet with leading researchers and practitioners in innovation management. It is essentially a Community to share ideas and resources while providing valuable support in dealing with the challenges of completing a PhD in innovation management as well as getting started with a post-PhD Career.

This Community has already connected over hundreds of early stage innovation scholars globally making ISPIM one of the most rapidly growing innovation communities for junior researchers.

Kindly note: In order to participate pre-registration for the Lab is required via => ISPIM Toronto Lab Registration link. The Lab is free for students at OCAD University and will be held at 100 McCaul.

In the meantime, join the conversation on our LinkedIn page and keep up-to-date with the programme at this page:

See you in Toronto!
Abayomi & the ISPIM team


Abayomi Baiyere and Jane Webb Community Development Co-ordinators /


PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME (subject to change)

Registration opens from 12.30
13.00-13.05 Welcome

13.05-13.35 Icebreaker and Facilitated Networking

Participants will not only meet new people, but also learn and familiarise themselves with each other’s research areas and topics through short “research pitches”. Our aim is that you will walk out of this event with future collaborators, so be sure to bring your business cards!

13.35-14.20 Keynote Address

Each year, we invite one of the leading scholars in the innovation management field to inspire and enlighten the minds of “the generation next”. The speakers draw from their wealth of experiences, motivations, challenges and gotchas to light the way for participants.

Speaker: Watch this space!

14.20-14.30 Networking Break

14.30-15.35 Panel: Why would you hire a recent PhD (or not)? Preparing for post-PhD career

An opportunity to hear tips from speakers from academia and industry on what to keep in mind during your PhD studies in order to be job-ready.

15.35-15.45 Networking Break

15.45-16.45 Group Activity: Emerging Research Topics/Trends

A moderated brainstorming session where teams of participants from diverse research backgrounds put their knowledge together to collectively forge a solution to a truly real-world innovation challenge.

16.45-17.15 Interactive Discussion Tables

An opportunity for you to meet distinguished scholars as well as notable industry/government representatives who will share their thoughts on the two focus themes for ISPIM Innovation Forum in Toronto.

  1. Conference themes: Entrepreneurship & Innovation Ecosystems
  2. Publication Strategies & Methodology issues
  3. Organizing your PhD (Thriving vs Surviving)

17.15-18.00 What’s Next? Your Voice in ISPIM

A participatory session where we interactively engage each other on how the community can serve you better. PhD community news. What’s coming up at ISPIM Forum Toronto? and competition announcement, among others.

18.30-20.00 Forum Welcome Reception

The evening will continue with the official Forum Welcome Reception, allowing you to meet other Forum participants over drinks and snacks.


After the reception, there is a possibility to interact socially over dinner in a nearby restaurant!
(costs not covered).