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1st Annual CIREQ Interdisciplinary PhD Student Symposium on Climate Change




  • 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 CIREQ Interdisciplinary PhD Student Symposium on Climate Change is organized in collaboration with the departments of Economics; Geography, Planning & Environment; and the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre and 4TH SPACE at Concordia University.

The symposium program will feature:  

  • Panel discussion on interdisciplinary research on climate change where experts from Concordia University, Université du Québec à Montréal, University of Victoria, University of Waterloo and Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières will introduce their perspectives on the topic. 
  • Panel discussion on climate change careers where experts from Environment and Climate Change Canada, The Climate Reality Project Canada, Hydro-Québec, Waste Not, Want Not Compost Project at Concordia University will discuss current employment opportunities in the field.
  • PhD students oral presentations.
  • Virtual networking events.



Registration is free but required.
To register, please go to the registration page: https://www.concordia.ca/cuevents/offices/provost/fourth-space/programming/2021/06/17/cireq-interdisciplinary-phd-student-symposium-on-climate-change.html?c=/next-gen/4th-space/calendar.



The program is available here.


Call for Submissions (pdf) The submission period is now closed. (21-05-25)

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.

In this context, we are pleased to announce the CIREQ Interdisciplinary PhD Student Symposium on Climate Change. The symposium will take place on June 17-18, 2021, in virtual format via Zoom platform. The symposium program will feature panel discussions on interdisciplinary research on climate change and climate change careers as well as virtual networking events.

Our mission is 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.

PhD students who have not yet defended their thesis from all disciplines who conduct research on climate change are invited, including but not limited to:

  • economics and finance of climate change;
  • environmental science, management and engineering;
  • climate change political science and sociology.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by May 26.

There is no submission or registration fee for the symposium.





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