For more than 50 years, deans and administrators from Canada’s graduate schools have met in the late autumn to share information on the challenges and trends in graduate education. The CAGS annual conference is an opportunity to explore best practices, discuss hot topics, co-ordinate advocacy and connect with colleagues from across the country and the world.
Canadian Association for Graduate Studies
57th Annual Conference
Halifax, Nova Scotia | 6-8 November 2019
CAGS is very pleased to announce that our next annual conference, on November 6-8, 2019 at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax, will be focused on the theme, ‘Graduate Formation for the 21st Century.’
The critical problems and opportunities of the 21st century place great demands on our researchers, scholars, and professionals. We are in need more than ever for wisdom, critical thinking, adaptability, and commitment to the public good in our most highly educated citizens. Universities have profound opportunities and responsibilities to set the conditions where these holistic attributes can grow in the context of students’ deep learning and knowledge creation. What are these conditions, and how are we promoting the ‘formation’ of our future thinkers, change agents, and leaders?
CAGS invites leading thinkers and innovators from academia, government, and the private sector to pose questions and offer strategies so that graduate education can fulfill its important role in Canadian society. Representatives from graduate student groups are also invited. The format consists of a plenary, breakout sessions and workshops. Social gatherings and plenty of hallway time offer the opportunity for informal connections.
The conference also celebrates excellence. Canada’s Distinguished Dissertation Award, the National Three Minute Thesis Award and the ETS Award for Excellence are an important part of the proceedings.