5 Things Students Should Know About The Netherlands

 By Nataleah Hunter-Young, PhD student in Communication & Culture

In December 2017, I travelled to the Netherlands to present at the first Art & Activism Conference hosted by Leiden University, located about 30 minutes outside of Amsterdam. The conference was only set to last three days but, seeing as I had never been to the Netherlands before, I tacked on an extra week and a half to the beginning of the trip so that I could explore. If you are travelling to Holland for similar reasons, and can afford to do the same, I would highly recommend it but there are a few things to be aware of before you travel.

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Shedding Skin at Talking Bodies 2017

By Emma Dunn, PhD Student in the Graduate Program in Communication and Culture

As a PhD student, international conferencing can be intimidating. If you’re like me, when surrounded by brilliant minds in your field, you can often feel stuck somewhere between shameless optimism and crippling self-doubt. However, the recent conference I attended with the support of Ryerson’s International Conference and Research Support Fund (ICRSF) – Talking Bodies 2017 at the University of Chester, UK – helped assuage my uncertainties and increase my confidence as an emerging scholar. Continue reading “Shedding Skin at Talking Bodies 2017”

Conferencing in Thailand and Beyond

By Adel Alhalawani, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

 In March 2017, I received the International Conference and Research Support Fund (ICRSF) to travel to Thailand for an unforgettable global learning experience. My wife, Rania, came with me as well!

For the first week of our trip, we explored Bangkok, getting a taste of its people, food and culture. Soon after, I presented my research on new silicate-based bioglasses for orthopedic applications at the 3rd World Congress of Smart Materials hosted by BIT Global Inc. The conference was an extremely rewarding experience. I took advantage of various opportunities. For instance, sharing knowledge from the other side of the world, discussing possible advances in the field and making plans for future collaborations with leading innovators in the sector.

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Transferring Knowledge Across Academic and Cultural Borders: My Practicum Experience in Chile

By Sofia Puente-Duran, PhD student in the Psychology Program

My international practicum placement was set in Chile, a country defined by its 4,300-kilometre range of landscapes, spanning from the northern Atacama Desert to the southern Antarctic land. While living in Santiago, I worked in the Department of Psychology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (Measurement Center, MIDE) – a department responsible for large-scale evaluation programs, which work toward the investigation and improvement of the Chilean Education System at a national level.

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