Graduate Student Week

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

Here’s the full program for Graduate Student Winter Week!

In keeping with this commitment, the GSAED is innovating this year by creating Graduate Student Week at the University of Ottawa during the first academic week of January and September. The program includes:

The academic retreat: with plenary sessions on mental health and well-being, training in scientific communication, article writing and presentation, critical thinking, as well as networking, experience-sharing and feedback sessions between students and professionals from different fields/specialties.

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

GSAÉD Interdisciplinary Virtual Conference

Held annually since 1997, GSAÉD’s interdisciplinary conference gives graduate students the opportunity to present their research to a diverse audience and hear talks from renowned speakers. The central theme of this year’s conference is “Mental Health and Well-Being”, and aims to highlight, question and examine the different aspects of mental health and well-being in the context of Covid19 on a local, national and international scale. All sectors (social, environmental, political, ethical, philosophical, artistic, sociological, engineering, medical and health, physical activity sciences, etc.) will be involved.

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

Therefore, we invite applicants to submit critical and in-depth analyses of problems or issues. We welcome contributions from all academic fields that inspire and challenge personal assumptions, academic categories and pedagogical approaches. Many 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 of interest to them) are invited to submit a 200-300 word (maximum) abstract of their presentation to We will acknowledge receipt of each submission. As the number of presentations and speakers is limited, we invite you to register as soon as possible.

On: Zoom and Facebook Direct Cost: Free.

Important information for submitting your abstract

  1. Submissions may be written in English or French
  2. Abstracts should be between 200 and 300 words long (maximum).
  3. Please include the following information: your name, e-mail address, level of study, academic affiliation and an indication of any special needs you may have.
  4. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes.