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The UWill Discover 2020 Conference is CANCELLED due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved in the conference, the decision has been made to cancel the conference. We appreciate your understanding at this time.

UWill Discover 2020 Conference on the University of Windsor Campus is CANCELLED. UWill Discover is a campus wide 3 day conference that showcases research, ideas, inventions and creative activity from every department and faculty on campus! It is excellent opportunity for students to share their work in an interdisciplinary context with faculty and their peers. There are also great opportunities for students to get involved in organizing the conference.

UWill Discover draws attention to and celebrates our students’ research and original creative activity. It is an expression of the goals and aspirations of our University, to develop deeper and broader connections between teaching and research, between learning and the community, and between the classroom, the lab, and the working world.

Submissions is now closed.

For those who have submitted proposals

You will be contacted by email and directed to a Blackboard page that will provide you further instructions on preparing your work for the conference. Additionally, the submissions team will contact you to inform your of the outcome of your proposal, which will be no later than Feb. 25, 2020

Submission Guidelines

Proposals can be in the form of an abstract, description of original work, or artist statement that summarizes your topic of discovery or innovation. To help you write your proposal, there will be pre-conference workshops to help guide you in writing the submission. Your proposal should not exceed 250 words. If you are submitting to one of the four Grand Challenges themes, specify how your research relates to one of the four Grand Challenges in a few sentences (5 sentences maximum; included in your 250 word maximum).

Submissions is now CLOSED!

Proposal Criteria The following criteria will be applied to all proposals. However, they will be applied in differing ways, depending on the submission type:

  • Depth and originality of content
  • Clarity of the proposal
  • Accessibility of the language used (written in terms that the general public can understand)
If you have a supervisor, please be sure that you have discussed your submission with them before submitting (e.g. authorship, intellectual property).

Proposal Themes

Open Challenge theme: The Open Challenge theme represents proposals that do not fit into the Grand Challenges themes. Your proposal in this theme must still summarize a topic of discovery or innovation. If you submit a proposal in this category that fits a Grand Challenges theme, your submission will be moved to that theme.

Grand Challenges theme: The University of Windsor has recast its strategic research priorities into four Grand Challenges: (1) Safeguarding Healthy Great Lakes; (2) Building Viable, Healthy and Safe Communities; (3) Fostering Sustainable Industry; and (4) Understanding and Optimizing Borders. These Grand Challenges are based on our geographical location and our historic research strengths. They collectively define us and tell the external world our aspirations and goals. No other Canadian university can tackle these challenges simultaneously today. Examples of each of these Grand Challenges can be found below. Note: your proposal does not have to fit the examples we provided, just the theme!!

Safeguarding Healthy Great Lakes

  • Examples: Projects that advance and communicate fundamental knowledge of Great Lakes science; develop technologies that improve water quality and biota health; contribute to a culture that values and prioritizes activities that enhance the health of the Great Lakes; understand and help develop the policies and regulations to safeguard the Great Lakes; mitigate and adapt to the effects of natural and societal impact to the Great Lakes and lead remediation efforts in the Great Lakes region and beyond; train highly qualified personnel who will become next-generation scholars and leaders.

Building Viable, Healthy and Safe Communities

  • Examples: Explore and understand the social, economic and health conditions that will lead to viable, healthy and safe communities; advance knowledge about the lives of designated groups and diverse people, including First Nations, women, ethnic and sexual minorities, the disabled, recent immigrants and others, not only of problems, but also of strengths and resiliencies to maximize the health of people and the vibrancy of communities; advance the humanities, arts, social and natural sciences, technologies and engineering that will enhance the viability, health, livability and safety of communities; build synergy from various stakeholders and sectors that will enhance the above goals; train highly qualified personnel who will become next-generation social and technological entrepreneurs, scholars and leaders.

Fostering Sustainable Industry

  • Examples: Collaborate with multi-sector industrial stakeholders to help build sustainable industries; mobilize knowledge and technologies to collaborating industry partners; accommodate and facilitate the collaboration with participating industrial partners who prefer locating their innovation units at the University to develop next-generation ideas and products; provide business, legal and technical advice to industries on a collaborative basis; train highly qualified personnel who will become next-generation industrial entrepreneurs, leaders, scientists and engineers.

Understanding and Optimizing Borders

  • Examples: Understand all issues, including logistical, economical, societal, human, cultural, political, legal and trade, associated with borders and border-crossing; understand and support the development of policies, regulations and best practices that will facilitate border crossing; develop the science, technology and engineering that will facilitate safe and secure border crossings, including that of knowledge, goods, certifications, regulations and people; train highly qualified personnel who will become next-generation scholars and leaders; understand and support bi-national coordination of environmental and emergency management in border regions.

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