Events and Programs

Research that Matters

Research that Matters (RtM) is the research initiative of the University of South Florida's Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships. We seek to support and spotlight academically rigorous research that addresses the causes and consequences of real world problems, that seeks solutions to these problems, and that is carried out in partnership with community stakeholders. Our Research that Matters annual conference series brings together university researchers and Tampa Bay area practitioners to discuss pressing regional concerns, focusing on how research can support practice in a variety of fields.

Sustainable Food Conference: People, Policy and Practice (2015)

2015 Research that Matters Sustainable Food Conference was a huge success!

Over 230 participants piled into the Patel Center for Global Sustainability on January 30, 2015 to attend the Sustainable Food Conference: People, Policy and Practice. This "sold out" free event had the highest attendance of any of the Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships' Research that Matters conferences, and left the campus abuzz in anticipation for follow up to this synergistic event. Read more >>

Meet Lauren Shweder Biel, Director of DC Greens, keynote presenter at the USF Sustainable Food Conference

"Collaboration is where it's at – that's how we are going to make this happen; we need to carry out a collaborative will for amplified impact," said Lauren Shweder Biel, Executive Director of DC Greens, the keynote speaker for this year's Research that Matters conference called Sustainable Food: People, Policy and Practice. Read more >>

Social Enterprise, Social Entrepreneurship, and the Economic Impacts of University–Community Engagement (2013)

Research that Matters: Social Enterprise, Social Entrepreneurship, and the Economic Impacts of University–Community Engagement

On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, the Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships hosted Research that Matters: Social Enterprise, Social Entrepreneurship, and the Economic Impacts of University-Community Engagement. The conference was divided into three plenary panels, a keynote address, and breakout sessions. Read more >>