Each year, the GPDN hosts an annual conference focusing on an emerging theme within the graduate and postdoctoral career development space. The conference serves as a platform for professionals across Canada to plan, develop, and discuss new strategies to support our graduate student and postdoctoral community.
Registration for the 2023 conference will be open until October 19 for in-person registration and until November 3 for online registration. To register, visit the event page.
Building Community: from Practice to Action
The Graduate and Postdoctoral Development Network (GPDN) is excited to invite you to our Annual Conference on Tuesday November 7 and Wednesday November 8, 2023. We are pleased to offer a hybrid format with an in-person conference in Victoria, British Columbia and a virtual conference on Zoom. The GPDN Conference will be held during the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies’ (CAGS) conference
Date: Tuesday, November 7 and Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Time: 8:30am- 3:00pm PCT on Tuesday and 8:30am - 1:30pm PCT on Wednesday
Location: Victoria BC / Virtual (Zoom)
This year’s conference aims to explore evolving approaches to supporting graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and discover actionable strategies for nurturing thriving communities. Join us to engage with your peers from across Canada, gain practical insights, and forge meaningful connections with like-minded individuals. Some questions we might ask together could include: What does community look like for us as we look ahead? How do we rebuild and sustain communities? What actions can we take in support of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows as a connected community?
Topics may include (but are not limited to):
Keynote Session: Building a Supportive Community for Students on the Journey to Their Graduate Degrees
Join Dr. Leela Viswanathan, author of The Deliberate Doctorate: A Values-Focused Journey to Your PhD, for a motivational keynote presentation about building a supportive community for students through graduate school and beyond. Graduate career and professional development advisors as well as academic supervisors play key roles to ensure that graduate students are not alone on their journey to their Master or PhD degree. Dr. Viswanathan will share insights into ways that enable graduate students to identify and optimize their skills, build supportive networks and relationships, and honestly identify and work through the emotional aspects of their journey through graduate school, so that students can thrive in a supportive community, and define success on their own terms.
About the Speaker:
At the time she embarked on her PhD, Dr. Leela Viswanathan had already spent a decade as a community planner and policy analyst. She earned her doctorate in 2007 and, in 2015, obtained tenure as an associate professor at Queen’s University (Kingston, ON). A lifelong learner, Dr. Viswanathan is an accomplished and innovative educator, mentor, and researcher Currently, the founder and principal of Viswali Consulting, a planning and advisory firm that supports individuals, organizations, and institutions to change systems and practices through policy, research, and planning, Dr. Viswanathan is also an adjunct associate professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s, and Associate Faculty at Royal Roads University.
Follow Leela on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leela-viswanathan-phd-rpp-fcip-5bb41b20/
Registration: Please visit the event page to register.
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Bâtir une communauté : de la pratique à l’action
Cette année, la conférence vise à explorer des approches en constante évolution pour soutenir les personnes étudiantes aux cycles supérieurs et les personnes chercheuses au postdoctorat et à découvrir des stratégies concrètes pour entretenir des communautés prospères. Joignez-vous à nous pour dialoguer avec vos pairs de partout au Canada, obtenir des informations pratiques et forger des liens significatifs avec des personnes partageant les mêmes idées. Voici des questions que nous pourrions soulever : À quoi ressemble la communauté pour nous alors que nous regardons vers l’avenir? Comment pouvons-nous rebâtir et soutenir les communautés? Quelles actions pouvons-nous entreprendre pour soutenir les personnes étudiantes aux cycles supérieurs et les personnes chercheuses au postdoctorat en tant que communauté connectée?
Les sujets peuvent couvrir sans s’y limiter :
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