Submissions are now closed
Please note that the submission deadline for workshop proposals is November 1, 2010.
The results of the adjudication process will be announced the week of January 7, 2011.
Objectives of the Workshop Programme
A main objective of the National Metropolis Conference is to facilitate dialogue and exchange between researchers, government, and non-government (community and private) sector partners. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to include participants from each of the three sectors in your workshop proposal.
Another objective of the workshop programme is to explore issues that are national in scope or that can be compared across the provinces and territories. We encourage you to include participants from various regions of Canada to provide a comparative or national perspective on the issues being discussed in your workshop.
We also encourage you to support the next generation of immigration and diversity researchers by including graduate students in your workshop.
Workshops: Workshops will usually consist of four to five presentations of approximately 15 minutes each followed by at least 20 minutes of discussion. Workshop coordinators will preside over the session or designate another individual to do so.
Training workshops: Training workshops will present information on a specific program, pedagogical tool or data source related to immigration and/or cultural diversity.
Roundtables: The roundtable format is suitable for more informal discussions of important issues or controversies. It is a very effective format for the exchange of information and experiences among a relatively small number of people. The organizer or designated person chairs the roundtable with up to a maximum of 11 other discussants. The 12 person limit per roundtable discussion is recommended because of the actual physical arrangement of the tables around which the discussions will take place. Extra chairs will be available. Please note that the roundtables take place in one large room, with multiple discussions taking place simultaneously. Accordingly, this session format is not well-suited to private meetings. (These can be organized by special request).
Poster Sessions: Poster sessions provide an alternative format through which conference participants can share research which has not been otherwise presented. Posters should provide some conclusive results, even if preliminary. Poster presenters must provide their own display materials.
Important Points to Remember
We ask that participants limit themselves to making one formal presentation during the National Metropolis Conference. If you are listed as a presenter in more than one workshop, we will ask you to to chose the workshop in which you would like to be an official presenter. A presenter can choose to participate in additional workshops as a chair, respondent or commentator.
Each person listed as a presenter in a workshop must register to the national conference either as a day or full conference participant and pay the applicable registration fees. Please inform your presenters of this requirement when inviting them to participate in your workshop.
Please note that no double length workshops will be accepted this year. Participants may organize more than one workshop but on different topics.
We will be accepting workshop proposals on themes related to immigration and diversity in Canadian society linked to one of the six policy-research priority areas of the Metropolis project listed below or to the cross-cutting policy-research priority of health and well-being of immigrants. Please select the priority that is most closely related to your workshop theme when prompted. For more information on these priorities, you may wish to consult the Memorandum of Understanding for the Metropolis Project which describes these policy-research priorities in detail on our web site at www.metropolis.net.
- Citizenship and Social, Cultural, and Civic Integration
- Economic and Labour Market Integration
- Family, Children and Youth
- Welcoming Communities
- Justice, Policing and Security
- Housing and Neighbourhoods
- Health and Well-being
Only 80 workshops will be accepted this year. An Adjudication Committee will meet to review the workshop proposals after the submission deadline. The Adjudication Committee will consider proposals that include a clear title, abstract and summary as well as a list of at least four confirmed presenters.
- The presenters should represent at least 2 of the 3 sectors that the Metropolis aims to engage: academic, non-governmental and government policy sectors. Workshop organizers that have confirmed participants from all 3 sectors will be given preference.
- Workshops should also include presenters from at least 2 different regions of the country. Workshop organizers that have confirmed participants from 3 or more regions will be given preference.
- Workshops that focus on new and emerging policy issues or involve graduate students will also be looked upon favourably by the Adjudication Committee.
Submit your Proposal
Please note that you will be required to provide the information listed below during the submission process:
- Name and contact information
- Metropolis policy-research priority most closely linked to your proposal
- Format of your session (workshop, training, roundtable or poster)
- Title of your session
- Names of co-organizers (if applicable)
- Names of presenters including their affiliation, email address and titles of their presentation
- 50-word abstract
- 250-word summary for consideration by the Adjudication Committee
Please note that the information you provide us will be included in the conference program. Please verify the spelling of your presenters' names and the titles of their presentations. If you are organizing a session with both English and French presentations we ask that you provide us with the translation of the title and 50-word abstract for the program.