In April, Merli Tamtik presented findings from research conducted with Creso Sá on European Union research policy at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Biennial Conference of the European Community Studies Association – Canada (ECSA-C).

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) held its Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC, April 13-17, 2012. This year’s conference theme “Non Satis Scire: To Know Is Not Enough” emphasizes the importance of active use of educational research for improving educational policies. Merli Tamtik presented a research paper “Policy Learning in the European Union’s Research Policy “, co-authored with Creso Sá that focuses on examining policy learning as a tool for policy change. The paper demonstrates that policy learning is a long-term process with immediate outcomes at the individual level and only secondary policy implications at the country or European policy-making level.

The European Community Studies Association – Canada (ECSA-C) had its Biennial Conference in Ottawa, ON, in April 26-28, 2012. The conference brought together scholars investigating EU related issues in public policy and beyond. Merli Tamtik was provided a graduate student travel grant to attend the conference and present her research paper co-authored with Creso Sá “Policy Learning and Enhancing EU’s Research Policies: Expectations and Implications” as part of a panel focusing on the Integration of Innovation and Human Capital in the New Knowledge Economies of Europe.