Alberta Graduate Conference May 5-7

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Friday, February 18, 2011 - 15:31 - Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 15:31

 Alberta Graduate Conference - Call For Abstracts (Deadline March 15) 

The Alberta Graduate Conference – Today’s Ideas, Tomorrow’s Innovators

May 5 – 7, MacEwan Student Centre, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB


The Alberta Graduate Council, in partnership with the Ministry of Advanced Education, the Graduate Students’ Associations of University of Lethbridge, University of Calgary, University of Alberta and Athabasca University is proud to bring you the first province wide multidisciplinary research translation conference for all graduate students in Alberta.


Benefits of attending the conference for students/faculty members:

Showcase your research and expertise to peers, employers, and collaborators

Gain insightful feedback to enhance the impact of your work

Learn about the various avenues of career options for post-graduates

Build your network of opportunities across disciplines and communities

Learn how research in the province is making a difference in everyday life

Learn about future opportunities and where you fit

Learn how former graduate students went on to become starters and leaders

Learn how YOUR ideas today can make you tomorrow’s innovators


Abstract Guidelines and Submission Info

Please visit the abstract submission page on the conference website. Abstracts are welcome from graduates students, industry representatives, faculty, and government sectors, relating to the following field:

1.      Energy, Environment and Renewable Resources

2.      Medical Sciences and Pharmaceutics

3.      Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Electronics and Nanotechnology

4.      Agricultural Life Sciences and Biotechnology

5.      International Relations and Business Economic Policies

6.      Arts, Culture, and Community Development


Abstracts should be no more than 300 words.  Unlike typical scientific research symposia, the AGC will be targeting a wide array of audiences with various education backgrounds; some may not have in-depth knowledge or the technical know-how in your field.  Thus, abstracts should use plain language, in laymen terms, no technical jargons or extensive use of figures and charts for data presentation.   You may submit an abstract that you have previously presented at another conference.  However, please ensure that the abstract has been translated to be understood by the general public.  The expectation would be equivalent to an article that would appear in the newspaper (e.g. Globe and Mail). The write-up should be concise, to the point and clearly address the following questions:

·       What is the research about?

·       What is the purpose of this research (i.e. why is it being done?)

·       How will this research be applied (i.e. what is the potential application)

·       Will this research benefit from collaboration?  If so, in what capacity?

·       If applicable, is this research currently been pursued for commercial development?

·       How do you see this research fit into society?


Review of Abstracts

Abstracts are first screened to ensure technical guidelines are met (maximum words, format).  A panel of experts comprised of faculty members, technology transfer offices, career placement services, and industry researchers will review and rank the abstracts based on 1) clarity, ease to understand and effectiveness of communication, 2) relevance to other discipline of study and 3) potential impact.   Top ranked abstracts will be selected for oral presentation.  For both oral and poster presentation, a team of judges will be on-site to evaluate the presentation during the conference.  Winners will be presented with an award and a prize. 


Technical Programme

The format of the conference will be a mix of oral presentation, networking luncheon, breakout session, workshops, seminar, panel discussions, keynote speeches, exhibits, and poster sessions.  The following is a list of tentative topics that are current being drafted (speakers to be confirmed). 


1.  Challenges and Solutions:  Perspectives on Future Opportunities

·       Innovation in the Agri-genomics Era

·       Personalized Medicine

·       Perspectives on nanotechnology in Alberta

·       Stem Cell Technology and Cell Therapy

·       Oil-sands and sustainable energy development

·       Information Technology and Bioinformatics

·       The new architecture of the Alberta Innovation System


2.  Case Studies

·       Isotechnika – the story of a university start-up

·       The role of fear in a career

·       ColdFX – the development of

·       Why does industry collaborate with university


3. Professional Development

·       An Introduction to Technology Commercialization

·       Understanding the Information Needs of Policy Makers

·       Communicating Your Research

·       Health Research Translation

·       Foundation of Project Management

·       Business Conduct and Etiquette

·       Practice Your Presentation Skills

·       Resume and CV

·       Knowledge Translation and Research Mobilization

·       Post-graduate training in the industry – funding opportunities

·       Who are the service providers?



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