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Tomorrow's Ideas, Now

Posted on 24 August 2011

Undergraduates from the University of York paid a visit to Canada this month to participate in the conference 'Tomorrow's Ideas, Now' at the University of Alberta, a Worldwide University Network partner.

York undergraduates who attended the University of Alberta conference in August 2011

This international, interdisciplinary undergraduate research conference in the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts was organised by the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS).  KIAS aims to foster an innovative intellectual environment for the study of major modern and historical, political, social, economic, and cultural issues, bringing together minds from a variety of backgrounds.

York students Katre Leino, Environment Department, Anna-Therese McGivern, School of Social and Political Sciences (both pictured here) and Nell Beecham, Sociology, joined more than 60 of the brightest undergraduates from around the world including Canada, USA, Germany, Mexico, Australia, China, and Japan.

Using essays, creative performances, and poster presentations, students discussed three priority themes: Stewardship of the Planet; Place, Belonging, and Otherness; and, Culture, Media, Technology. 

KIAS founding director Jerry Varsava emphasises the importance of acknowledging “the diversity of research and creative performance activity undertaken by undergraduates.”

Other collaboration between the Universities of York and Alberta includes the Worldwide University Network research group ‘Early Life Opportunities for the Prevention of Non-communicable Disease in Developing Countries’.