Peer Beyond Graduate Research Symposium

February 21-22, 2024 | Telus Spark Science Centre


Reconnect and Re-engage through Research

Register to attend this interdisciplinary conference presenting research carried out by graduate students at the University of Calgary, one of the top 10 research universities in Canada.

The Peer Beyond Graduate Research Conference is back!. This year, the Conference will take place from February 21 to 22, 2024! Attend the Peer Beyond Graduate Research Conference, UCalgary’s multi-disciplinary graduate research conference, to present your research. This conference offers UCalgary graduate students a unique opportunity to present your research and to cultivate interdisciplinary collaborations within the graduate community.



Experience the cutting edge research being done by University of Calgary graduate students at the 'Peer Beyond' Graduate Research Symposium, where groundbreaking research and interdisciplinary collaboration converge.

If you're interested in attending Peer Beyond 2024 as a spectator, please fill out the form below:
Registered spectators will have the chance to enter a draw to win 1 of 4 $100 gift cards of their choice!

In addition, you will also have access to the Telus Science Centre during the conference!



For the first time ever, Peer Beyond is being held off campus!

With the new year comes a new venue!

Telus Spark Science Centre will be the venue for this year's Peer Beyond Conference!

Opened in its current location in 2011, Telus Spark Science Centre was the first purpose built science centre in Canada in 25 years, making it the perfect venue for our first off-campus conference!


Keynote Speech - February 22, 12:00 pm - Feature Gallery North


Keynote Speaker: Olympic Gold Medalist, Erica Wiebe!

Erica Wiebe is the 2016 Olympic Champion in the sport of Freestyle Wrestling. She is also a 8x national champion, World University Champion, 2x Commonwealth Games Champion, and 2018 World Championships bronze medalist. 

She is a passionate advocate for the power of sport and volunteers her time as a coach and ambassador with Right to Play, Fast & Female, Kidsport Alberta, and Vice-Chair of the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary. When not taking people down and/or promoting sport as a tool to create positive social change, she works as a manager of athlete relations, safe sport, and DEI at the Canadian Olympic Committee. 

In addition to her Olympic Gold Medal, Erica also has a Bachelor's of Kinesiology degree and a Bachelor's of Arts degree from the University of Calgary.

Erica will be delivering her keynote speech on February 22 at the Feature Gallery North room.


Congratulations to the Graphic Contest Winner: Megan Ciochetto

The GSA is happy to announce the winner of the Design Contest for Peer Beyond 2024: Megan Ciocchetto, a Master's student in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.

The concept behind the graphic highlights the strength behind shared involvement and exploration, hinting towards the theme of Reconnecting and Re-engaging through Research. The common goal, conceptualized as puzzle-building, represents Peer Beyond as the platform which connects various interdisciplinary graduate and doctorate students.”

Megan Ciocchetto is an M2 student in the Master of Landscape Architecture degree at the University of Calgary. Prior to this, she completed her Bachelor degree of Science in Conservation Biology with a Certificate in Sustainability from the University of Alberta. Megan now continues to blend science and architecture through her work, with an emphasis on storytelling through design.


Presentation Options

Each presenter will have approximately 10 minutes to speak and an additional 5 minutes for questions. 

Please Note: We have limited capacity for talk presentations. Not everyone that registers will be selected.
Please remember that this is a multi-disciplinary conference, so the selection of speakers will be carried out by a multi-disciplinary committee, so make sure that your ideas can be properly communicated to the layperson. 

Guidelines for Submissions

  • Titles of presentations are limited to 60 characters.
  • Abstracts are limited to 1,500 characters. 
  • Abstracts must be submitted via this form
  • Abstracts that do not meet the requirements will not be considered.
  • Submission of the abstract constitutes permission for the conference organizers to publish the abstracts in either printed or electronic format.
  • Submission deadline is December 1, 2023 at 11:59 pm, no late submissions will be considered.

Graphic Contests

DEADLINE EXTENDED - January 15th, 2024 @ 11:59 PM!

The GSA is hosting a graphic contest for this year's GSA Peer Beyond Graduate Research Conference with total prizes of $500!

Please submit your design below.

Contest Rules
Submit your entry here