Sunday, December 22, 2019

Event - Sustainability and the Climate Crisis Conference Call for Abstracts

This event will take place on March 16-18, 2020 at Concordia Conference Centre (Sir George Williams Campus), 9th Floor, John Molson Building, 1450 Guy (March 16-17), and 110-130, Jesuit Hall & Conference Centre, 7141 Sherbrooke St O. (March 18), Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The speakers will be Angela Carter, Ursula Eicker, Damon Matthews, and many others. This event is presented by Loyola Sustainability Research Centre and Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability.

During the unfolding environmental emergency, when the effects of global warming and biodiversity loss are beginning to be felt acutely across the globe, our common future depends on researchers across disciplines working together to address the issue. This need is as important at Concordia University as it is elsewhere. In fact, as a Next Generation institution recently recognized as the leading Canadian University under 50, the Concordia community arguably is especially well-positioned to do so. With this in mind, in March 2020, the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre and the Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability will host their fourth cross-disciplinary sustainability conference on the environmental crisis, focusing   particularly on the climate emergency. The event will bring together professors, graduate students, undergraduate students, and the broader community from across Concordia and beyond to discuss sustainability research in general and the climate emergency in particular.

Keynote speakers

Climate scientist Dr. Damon Matthews will open the conference downtown on the morning of Monday, March 16th. Dr. Matthews holds a Tier 1 Concordia University Research Chair in Climate Science and Sustainability and is Professor in the Department of Geography Planning and Environment. His research is aimed at better understanding the many possible interactions between human activities, natural ecosystems and future climate change, and contributing to the scientific knowledge base required to promote the development of sound national and international climate policy.

Engineer and green urban energy systems Dr. Ursula Eicker will present downtown on the morning of Tuesday, March 17th. Dr Eicker is Concordia’s new Canada Excellence Research Chair in Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Cities and Professor in the Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering. Her research focusses on energy-efficient buildings, urban districts and sustainable energy systems.

Political Scientist Dr. Angela Carter will close the second day of the conference downtown on March 17th. Dr Carter is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Unviersity of Waterloo and a Fellow of the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her research has focuses on the environmental policy and politics surrounding oil extraction in Canada’s major oil producing provinces.

Ecologist Dr. Ivette Perfecto will close the conference at Loyola on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 18th. Dr. Perfecto is the George W. Pack Professor of Ecology, Natural Resources and Environment at the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on biodiversity and arthropod-mediated ecosystem services in rural and urban agriculture.


There will be a Careers in Sustainability panel, as well as a cross-disciplinary panel on How to Communicate about Climate Change, and much, much more.

Call for Abstracts

Do you have an idea for a panel, workshop, exhibition, or presentation? We welcome abstracts and proposals for talks, posters, panels, workshops, and exhibitions from Concordia student and faculty researchers working on sustainability in general and climate issues in particular. Talks should be 10 minutes long; panels and workshops can be an hour or longer. Abstracts and proposals should be no more than 400 words in length and should include a title and names of all authors.

Submissions from women, Indigenous and racialized people, those with disabilities, and those who identify as LGBTTIQQ2A are encouraged.

Submissions are due January 31, 2020 and can be e-mailed to Rebecca Tittler at

This event is free and open to the public.

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