Sustainability & Climate Solutions Student Research Day

SFU Sustainability and Climate Solutions Student Research Day

June 24, 2022 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM PDT | Halpern Centre and Zoom

SFU Sustainability and Climate Solutions Student Research Day takes place on June 24, 2022 at the SFU Burnaby Campus and virtually online. 

The event brings together SFU graduate students, faculty members, and researchers who are conducting research in sustainability and climate solutions, for an opportunity to share their work and develop interdisciplinary networks at SFU and beyond. The Research Day will serve as a springboard for those wanting to work across disciplines to develop innovative research, and equitable and inclusive solutions that approach climate and sustainability from multiple perspectives.

The event will feature a presentation from our keynote speaker, SFU Distinguished Professor of Climate Science, Kirsten Zickfeld, as well as SFU graduate students – with an opportunity for graduate students to win a $500 research grant!

Are you an SFU graduate student? Consider submitting your abstract to present your research via a poster or an oral presentation session. Read the Call for Abstracts below to find out how to submit yours!

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9:15-9:30 Opening and Land Acknowledgement
9:30-10:30 Presentations
10:45-11:45 Keynote address Kirsten Zickfeld (Pathways to net zero emissions)
11:45-1:30 Lunch and Poster session
1:30-2:30 Presentations
2:45-3:45 Presentations
3:45-4:00 Award Ceremony and closing

Call for abstracts

Are you an SFU graduate student? Consider submitting your abstract to present your research via a poster or an oral presentation session. As a presenter, you can attend the event in-person (poster and oral presentation) or online (oral presentation only).

Please submit your abstract by June 8, 2022. Acceptance of your poster or oral presentation will be confirmed by June 10, 2022.

Presentations: Students will deliver 10-minute presentations on their current research projects, and each presentation will be followed by a 3-minute Q&A. The presentations will be conducted in a hybrid setting, offering options for both in-person (limited number) and remote participation.

Posters: Posters should preferably not exceed the display board dimensions (approximately 4x6 ft). Printing cost will be reimbursed. Posters presented at past conferences are welcome.

Posters should display the title, author name, and affiliation. The background/purpose, methodology, results, and conclusions should follow (if applicable). Posters may include diagrams, graphs, charts, and photos.

Authors are invited to display their posters throughout the day. Set up location and time will be confirmed once the abstract is accepted.

Evaluation criteria: The working group seeks to have a diverse range of posters and presentations from different fields and disciplines at the event. The posters and presentations may also be selected based on a review of the submissions using the following criteria:

  • How the project addresses the gap in climate and sustainability research;
  • How the proposed research and final outcome and solutions can be applied in the technological, public policy, and social engagement domains Level of transdisciplinarity/interdisciplinarity;
  • How much information on data and findings is available and can be shared; and
  • How the research directly and indirectly addresses and responds to climate challenges in our communities, in particular, in marginalized and vulnerable communities

Awards: The expert judging panel will review all presentations and posters and hand out the following awards at the conclusion of the event: Best Presentation, Best Poster, and People’s Choice. Each prize includes $500 grant to support the recipient’s research.

Oral presentation judges : Juan José Alava (REM), Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor (REM), Nastenka Calle Delgado (PICS), Naveed Gulzar (FENV), Elodie Jaquet (Centre for Dialogue)

Poster presentation judges: Zafar Adeel (SEE), Naveed Gulzar (FENV), Kilim Park (SFUS)

Submissions: Please send the title of your presentation or poster and abstract of no more than 250 words. Submissions should include the author’s full name, graduate program (master’s or PhD) and year, department, website (if available) and email address. Please submit your abstract to Nastenka Calle, PICS SFU Program Manager ( and Kilim Park, Manager, Research Sustainability at SFU Sustainability ( The last day to submit an abstract is June 3.

Sustainability and Climate Solutions Student Research Day Working Group

  • Zafar Adeel, Executive Director, Pacific Water Research Centre / Professor of Professional Practice, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering
  • Nastenka Calle Delgado, SFU Program Manager, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
  • Naveed Gulzar, Research Facilitator, Faculty of Environment
  • Shaheen Nanji, Executive Director, SFU International
  • Taco Niet, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering
  • Kilim Park, Manager, Research Sustainability, SFU Sustainability




This event is hosted by the SFU’s Office of the Vice-President, Research and International, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, and SFU Sustainability.