About the Conference

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Western Climate Centre’s graduate students and postdoc researchers organize the annual in-person WeCLISH Graduate Student Climate Change Conference – ClimateChangeCon.

If you are keen on climate change research and want to present, collaborate, or learn more about this challenging yet most important issue of our time, this conference is for you!

Take opportunities to participate and present at this free, scholarly, student-friendly, and empowering event!


The ClimateChangeCon aims to connect climate change research to inspire collaborative knowledge mobilization, policymaking, and action.

The event showcases graduate students’ interdisciplinary and innovative climate change research in Canada and worldwide.


All graduate students and postdoctoral trainees interested in and conducting climate change research are welcome to present, win awards, participate, and network at this critical conference to advance climate change scholarship and action.

Please note that not one or two but nine categories of awards are waiting for you!

Presentation types

Regular Oral: A 12-minute presentation, including a 2-minute Q&A, appropriate for complete or nearly complete and high-interest-generating studies.

Lightning Oral: A 3-minute presentation, including a 1-minute Q&A, appropriate for an ongoing project with incomplete results.


The Western faculty and community members keen on climate change scholarship are welcome to join.

Those who have graduated in the past two years are also welcome to participate and present the work they carried out in their schools.

Graduate students contemplating but have yet to formulate a proposal or conduct any study on climate change are also welcome to listen to presentations, network for collaborative research, and take part in a scavenger hunt to win the Climate Change Wisdom Award.


8:30 AM to 3:00 PM on Friday, May 31, 2024.


We will meet at the beautiful Western IGAB Atrium. Bringing the outside plants in, this open and spacious atrium offers an aesthetically pleasant setting to share ideas and get inspired for research, policymaking, action, and networking.