Graduate Student Week

GSAÉD has had the honour of representing all new and existing graduate students at the University of Ottawa since 1989. We work to enrich the graduate student experience with social and cultural activities, beginning with the Fall 2023 Welcome Week.

Going in this direction, the GSAED faithful to its commitments innovates this year by creating the Graduate Students week at the University of Ottawa during the first academic week of January and September. On the program, we will have:

Academic retreat: with plenary sessions on mental health and well-being, trainings in scientific communication, writing and presentation of papers, critical thinking, as well as networking sessions, sharing of experiences and restitution between students and professionals from different domains/specialties.

The interdisciplinary conference: with student presentations, competitions, plenary sessions with professionals as well as a closing social event and awards ceremony.

GSAÉD Virtual Interdisciplinary Conference

Organized annually since 1997, the GSAÉD interdisciplinary conference allows graduate students to present their research to a diverse audience and hear keynote lectures by renowned speakers. The central theme of the conference this year will be “Mental Health and Wellness”, it will aim to highlight, question and examine the different aspects of mental health and well-being in this context of Covid19 on a local, national and international level. All sectors (Social, environmental, political, ethical, philosophy, arts, sociology, engineering, medicine and health, sciences of physical activity, etc.) have been affected for both professionals and learners.

Aiming to support interdisciplinarity, this conference for and by students creates a space for learning and academic exchange in order to reinforce the capacities of our members. It gives students the opportunity to have more experience before the defense of their thesis, to learn from professionals, to strengthen their contact network or simply to share their research interests with other members of the community while having a chance to win prizes/honors/certificates.


Thus, we invite submissions that offer critical and in-depth analysis of issues or questions, we will accept submissions from all academic fields that inspire and challenge personal assumptions, academic categories, and pedagogical approaches. Several formats are accepted including posters; articles, creative works, etc.


All graduate students from all departments who wish to make a presentation (concerning their thesis, research project or any other academic topic that interests them) are invited to submit an 200 – 300 words abstract (maximum) of their presentation at We will acknowledge receipt of each submission. Notifications of acceptance will be sent There are a limited number of presentations and speakers so please apply as soon as possible.

Or : Zoom and Facebook Direct Cost: Free.

Important information to submit your abstract

–      Submissions can be in French or English

–      Abstracts should be 200-300 words (maximum) in length

–      Please include the following information: your name, email, level of study, university affiliation with an indication of special needs if they exist.

–      Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes