Established in 1987, the Western Research Forum (WRF) is an annual, multidisciplinary conference organized by the SOGS Academic Committee and held at the University of Western Ontario as an opportunity for the dynamic and prodigious graduate students in all disciplines to showcase their innovative research and creative products to their colleagues and other members of the UWO community. WRF encourages interdisciplinarity so that students share their research in a manner that is accessible to all, not just those who are well versed in their field.

At the conference, students will be able to give presentations of their work with the possibility of winning a prize for best presentation. Additionally, students can engage in networking and professional development opportunities.

2014 Keynote Speaker Information

Brian Cuban - March 14th (5PM in Elborn College Room 1330)

Brian Cuban will be discussing body dismorphic disorder and his struggles with eating disorders and addiction. The event will be free and his book can be purchased for the discounted price of $10 at which time he will also be available for signing. There is free parking at Elborn college after 4PM as well.

Simon Jackson - March 18th (5PM in Middlesex Room 110)

Simon is the founder and chairman of the 6 million-strong Spirit Bear Youth Coalition, the world’s first and biggest youth-run environmental movement. Spirit Bear Youth Coalition was created after Simon’s quest, at the young age of 13, to save the white Kermode bear.

For his efforts, Jackson has been named a Hero for the Planet by Time Magazine and was the inspiration for a made-for-TV movie, Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story. Simon Jackson proves that one person can make a difference.


Be a Part of It

Tickets for attending the conference will be available shortly, however we still have availibility for presenters as well. If you are interested in presenting at the conference please submit your application using the form below:

2014 WRF Presenter Application

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