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2021 Virtual Conference

Resilience: COVID-19. Pandemic life. Racial tension.

Political unrest. Climate change.  

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We live in a world where change is a constant, and the degree to which we are experiencing change in our everyday lives is speeding up. The last year is a great example.

When the WHO declared COVID19 a global pandemic, we were forced to redesign how we work, study, socialize, and even how we consume goods. Despite the commercialization of several vaccines, new variants of the SARS COV-2 virus threaten a third wave of the pandemic in Canada. A third wave, and predictions by our scientific community beg the question, Is pandemic life here to stay? If it is, does that mean we will continue to live with the anxiety and depression exacerbated by a lack of social connections and interactions?

In response, we often hear for calls to be resilient, as if a panacea to all that ails us. What is resiliency? How does one become resilient? How does a resilient brain differ from other brains? How does resiliency translate for a healthy personal and or professional life? What does resiliency mean in a policy context, or for building infrastructure? The 2021 Virtual SWCC Conference will explore these questions and more. Join us!

Are you a student or recent graduate?

This year, we are featuring a new event in our virtual conference: a student poster competition! The student poster competition application is open to all current students (undergraduate or graduate). You are still eligible to apply as a “student” if you are taking a leave of absence from your schooling, or if you will have recently graduated by the time the conference begins.

The poster session will take place during its own unique 90 minute slot within the main conference timetable. We will ask that you are available to present your poster for the entire 90 minute session. The posters will be judged, and certificates (along with monetary prizes) will be awarded to the top posters in each category. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your research or work! Remember that this is a conference for science writers and communicators, so the focus will be on your presentation and communication skills, not the quality of your research.

You will be able to select from two poster categories: writing/communication, and general science research. In order to apply, please find the link to the application form below. We ask for basic information and a 100 word (maximum) abstract.

In order for your application to be considered, you must submit your application form (including abstract) by Friday, May 7th at 11:59pm EDT.

We will notify all applicants of abstract acceptance or rejection by Friday, May 14th. At that point in time, further detailed instructions on poster submission and logistics will be provided to those who were accepted, including the poster submission deadline (one month from the date of abstract acceptance).

We look forward to seeing your beautiful posters and learning about your work!

Application Form

Join us for the SWCC's 2021 Virtual Conference this summer!

Starting June 7th and continuing through June 9th, 11th, 14th, 15th and 17th, our virtual conference program will explore resilience through informative sessions and interactive workshops.

The conference runs 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm EDT (Ottawa time) each day.


$100 for members
$150 for non-members
$35 for students

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    To protect the privacy of speakers and attendees, and to ensure the integrity of each virtual session, participants are required to register in advance. Registration is not yet open.


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