Jean-Paul Dionne Symposium 2021

Breaking Down Barriers: Change through Conversation, Engagement, and Action

The Jean-Paul Dionne Symposium 2021 Organizing Committee is pleased to invite proposals for papers, panels, workshops, Ignite sessions and Twitter posters for this year’s conference, March 4 and 5, 2021.

The theme of this year’s Symposium considers the importance of conversation in research and educational opportunities in order to foster change. By creating a platform for academic conversation within our community, we hope to promote engagement in research as a social endeavor. Presentations will highlight the ways in which researchers and practitioners can collaborate to take concrete actions and be innovators in education for changing times.

In the spirit of this year’s theme, we encourage potential presenters to showcase new strategies that exemplify how we can become educational leaders of the future. While alignment with the theme is recommended, we will also gladly accept other education-related proposals.

Areas of investigation could include:

  • Counselling Psychology
  • Health Professions Education
  • Leadership, Evaluation, Curriculum and Policy Studies
  • Societies, Cultures and Languages
  • Teaching and Learning 
  • Second Language
  • Feminist and Gender Studies
  • Indigenous Education and Rights
  • Franco-Ontario Community and Education
  • Educational Technology
  • Equity and Social Justice
  • Epistemology and Research Methods

Symposium Presentation Formats

Both individual and group presentations are permitted with a maximum of three presenters allowed in each group. All submissions are peer reviewed by committees composed of professors and graduate students. Presentation formats include: 

  1. Paper Presentation
    Presenters prepare a paper and deliver it as a 15-minute presentation. A five-minute question period will follow each presentation.
  2. Ignite Session Presentation

This is a new option for JPDS 2021! Presenters prepare a summary of a paper or research project and deliver it as a 5-minute presentation, with a maximum of 20 slides that advance automatically (15 seconds per slide), as part of an ignite session. Sessions will be pre-recorded and presenters must be available during the allotted time to answer questions.

  1. Workshop
    Presenters design a 60-minute workshop to showcase a technique or methodology in an engaging and interactive session. Workshops are meant to promote the development of new knowledge and skills through participation and doing in a collaborative setting. 
  1. Panel Presentation

Three to five presenters design a panel presentation to discuss a specific research topic for 60 minutes. Presenters are responsible for finding their co-presenters and facilitating the discussion. Only one submission per panel is necessary for this presentation format.

  1. Professional Development Session

Presenters design a 60-minute workshop or presentation aimed at a specific aspect of professional development in education or academia, e.g., APA, applying for scholarships, finding a job after graduating, using NVivo, publishing in academic journals, etc. A 15-minute period should be included in each session for discussion between participants and facilitators.

  1. Twitter Poster Session

Presenters share their posters on Twitter using a specified hashtag (TBD closer to the conference). Posters should follow the criteria on our website in order to ensure accessibility and legibility. Presenters must tweet their posters by noon on the first day of the conference, using their personal Twitter account. As with a face-to-face poster session, presenters will have an opportunity to answer questions asked by conference attendees. This exchange will happen on the presenter’s Twitter page. Posters will also be shared on the JPDS website after the posters have been tweeted. 

Note: We are planning for an online conference. Should the opportunity to gather in small groups in-person, additional program sessions will be considered.

Important dates

  • Launch of call for proposals: Monday, November 02, 2020. Please access here:
  • Closing date for proposal submissions: Extended to January 13th, 2021.
  • Symposium dates: Thursday, March 4, 2021, and Friday, March 5, 2021.

About the Symposium

The Jean-Paul Dionne Symposium is an annual bilingual research conference organized by graduate students from the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. This symposium provides opportunities for graduate students to share their work in progress or completed research, engage with their colleagues, and participate in the development of new ways of understanding, thinking, and doing. Through the poster session, oral presentations, and workshops, students are brought together to learn from each other and to develop and grow as academics.

For many students, this will be their first academic conference. As such, it has been a strong part of the Symposium’s tradition to work towards building a supportive and congenial atmosphere while allowing students to showcase their work to the greater educational community and gain experience in presenting at peer-reviewed academic conferences.

Founded in 1985 by Professor Jean-Paul Dionne, the Symposium has grown to encompass two full days of activities and attracts graduate students from across Canada and the United States to participate.

We would like to thank the Faculty of Education for their generous support.