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CIREQ Interdisciplinary PhD Student Symposium on Climate Change

Date & time
Friday, June 18, 2021
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This event is free


CIREQ; Depts of Economics; Geography, Planning & Environment; Loyola Sustainability Research Centre



Climate change has taken central stage in recent debates, it is a defining challenge of our time. According to Mark Carney, the former head of the Bank of Canada who serves as the UN's special envoy for climate change and finance, "We can't self-isolate from climate change. Ultimately, we'll all be affected. So we all have to act." A collaborative effort of scientists and researchers is crucial to develop climate change solutions that also take into account related environmental and socioeconomic issues.

For this virtual symposium, we aim to foster the exchange of scientific knowledge and lay the foundation for collaboration among doctoral students conducting research on climate change; facilitate safe, open discussion on the advancements in on-going research on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Symposium Program

How can you participate? Register for the Zoom meeting or watch live on our Facebook.

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The symposium program will feature:

- Panel discussion on interdisciplinary research on climate change, featuring:
Dr. Paivi Abernethy, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, University of Victoria & University of Waterloo.
Dr. Esther Lévesque, Département des sciences de l'environnement, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Dr. Damon Matthews, the Department of Geography, Planning & Environment at Concordia University
Dr. Elizabeth Miller, the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University
Dr. Charles Séguin, Département d'économie, Université du Québec à Montréal

- Panel discussion on climate change careers, featuring:
Dr. Chris Derksen, Research Scientist, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Kathia Lavoie, Conseillère - Affaires publiques chez Hydro-Québec
André-Yanne Parent, Executive Director, Climate Reality Project Canada
Keroles Riad, Founding Member of the Waste Not, Want Not Compost Project at Concordia University

- PhD students oral presentations.

- Virtual networking events.


Olha Hnatyshyn, Department of Economics, Concordia University

Alexandre Pace, Department of Geography, Planning & Environment, Concordia University

Étienne Guertin, Department of Geography, Planning & Environment, Concordia University

The symposium is organized by CIREQ in collaboration with the departments of Economics; Geography, Planning & Environment, the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre and 4TH SPACE at Concordia University.

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