Info for paper and poster presenters

March 8-9, 2019

The Western Division of the
Canadian Association of Geographers

University of Victoria, Department of Geography,
Victoria, British Columbia, Coast Salish Territories

We acknowledge and respect the Lekwungen-speaking peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt, and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

The Department of Geography at the University of Victoria is pleased to host the Western Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers (WDCAG) conference on March 8-9, 2019. With its inviting climate, environment, and cultural landscape, Victoria is the perfect place for a winter visit. The conference will involve a day of field excursions followed by engaging keynote speakers and an evening ice-breaker (on March 8) as well as a day of presentations followed by a banquet celebration (on March 9).
Faculty, staff, students, and others undertaking geographic studies are invited to present their research in the conventional formats (i.e., oral presentations or posters), as well as other formats such as panel discussions, teaching circles, participatory workshops, visual or performance art. All interested presenters are asked to submit an abstract of up to 250 words that provides a concise statement of the topic or issue to be discussed and a summary of the major findings and conclusions by the deadline of Monday, January 28, 2019. Abstracts can be submitted via email (

Upon submitting your abstract, please identify the category within which your presentation best fits from the following list:
1) Physical Geography
2) Human Geography
3) Human-Environment Relations
4) GIScience/Geomatics
5) Geographic Education or
6) Community-Engaged Learning


Presentation Formats

Paper presentations will be organized into 20-minute time-slots scheduled for March 9 with an expectation of a 15 minute presentation followed by 5 minutes for questions. All rooms will have digital projectors and a PC available for presenters. Please bring your presentation file on a USB flash drive to be uploaded at the beginning of your session.

Posters will be available for viewing in a special area all day on March 9. Authors should be prepared to present a brief summary of their poster content and be available for questions during scheduled poster presentation sessions. This format is best suited for material that can easily be communicated visually. Materials should be of professional quality, a maximum size of 4'x4', and be clearly legible from a distance of 1-1.5 metres.

Workshops will be 75 minutes in length including time for discussion and questions. Preference will be given to proposals that are participatory, interactive, innovative, and collaborative.

Other ideas?
Interested in organizing a panel discussion? Visual or performance art? Something a little outside the box? As part of our review process, we’d love to hear about other ideas to explore the possibilities! Please email us at

For information or to submit an abstract email: