Graduate Student Week

Mental Health and Wellness

 “One small crack does not mean that you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart. There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.” — Linda Poindexter and John Green

In this world in perpetual motion (evolution), the Covid19 pandemic situation has changed most of our realities and habits with its share of stress affecting a significant number of the world’s population in terms of  mental health and well-being. Despite these multiple upheavals, humanity in general and more particularly we young people must learn to be more resilient and be able to deal with the realities of our time in order to guarantee the best options for future generations.

Going in this direction, the GSAED faithful to its commitments innovates this year by creating the Graduate Students week  at the University of Ottawa from March 28 to April 1, 2022. 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

The GSAÉD virtual interdisciplinary conference will take place from March 30 to April 1, 2022

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 by March 10, 11:59 p.m. at We will acknowledge receipt of each submission. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by March 18, 2022. There are a limited number of presentations and speakers so please apply as soon as possible.

Dates: From March 28 to April 1, 2022 (French and English)

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