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4th Annual CIREQ Interdisciplinary PhD Student Conference on the Environment and Climate Change

This symposium is organized by CIREQ and 4th Space in collaboration with the Département d’économique of the Université Laval, the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering of Concordia University and the Département de sciences économiques of the Université de Montréal.


In person

4th Space – Concordia University
1400 Maisonneuve Blvd W
Montréal, QC H3G 

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Virtual : Via Zoom

CALL FOR PAPERS (pdf) – The submission period is now closed (2024-03-18)

To address the complex challenges of climate change, deforestation, biodiversity loss, and pollution, it is crucial to foster communication and collaborations across disciplines. This entails promoting interactions and partnerships that encompass not only environmental concerns but also social, economic, and political factors.

In this context, we are pleased to invite you to the 4th Annual CIREQ Interdisciplinary PhD Student Conference on the Environment and Climate Change. The symposium will take place on June 4-5, 2024, in a hybrid format: online via Zoom and in person at 4th Space – Concordia University in Montréal. The event will showcase PhD students’ presentations embedded in thematic discussions along with a scientific communication workshop and panel discussions with scholars and workplace experts. Participants will also benefit from mentoring opportunities with senior scholars. Attendance is free and open to everyone.

We encourage submissions on the following themes:

  • Current and future impacts of climate change.
  • Biodiversity, conservation, and environmental restoration.
  • Climate resilience and adaptation, including nature-based solutions.
  • Climate finance, climate risk management, and green investments.
  • The role and relevance of technology and innovation for sustainable transitions.
  • Justice-oriented perspectives on climate-change and the environment.
  • Climate policies at the local, national, and international levels.
  • Critical perspectives on sustainable/green growth.
  • Social movements and resistance to environmental policies.
  • Decolonial and Indigenous perspectives on the environment in Canada and abroad.

If your research does not fit neatly into the aforementioned themes but is relevant for the overall theme of the conference (environment and climate change), we nevertheless encourage you to submit an abstract. We welcome interdisciplinary proposals and proposals from any discipline in social and natural sciences.

We invite doctoral students from all disciplines to submit their 300-word abstracts through the online submission form. There is no submission or registration fee for the symposium. The submission deadline is March 17, 2024 at 23:59 EST. Early submissions will be given priority for in-person attendance. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by April 7.

The symposium is designed to promote open discussion. For this reason, presentations are meant to be relatively short. Each speaker will have up to 5 minutes of presentation time followed by a discussion guided by questions from the public. Our mission is to foster the exchange of scientific knowledge and to lay the foundation for further collaboration among students conducting research on climate change and the environment.

We look forward to meeting you!

The Organizing Committee,

Laure Gosselin (Department of Political Science, Université Laval)
Giti Nouri (Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Concordia University)
Alexandre Pavlov (Department of Economics, Université de Montréal)


This event is free and is open to anyone interested in the topic. Due to limited seating, registration is required.

Registration will open first week of May.


The preliminary program will be available around May 1.

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