Call for Papers, Posters, and Sessions

The Western Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers invites you to submit the title and abstract of a presentation, special session, or poster on geographic research at its Annual Meeting to be held at the University of Alberta, March 9-10th 2018.  All fields of geography and related disciplines will be considered.

Paper presentations and posters should embody original scholarship and be as clear and concise as possible.  The time limit for each paper presentation is 20 minutes, but plan your delivery to include in this time for questions and answers.  The deadline for submissions is Feb 26, 2018.

Abstract: Papers, Special Sessions, & Posters
All presenters, whether offering an oral presentation, special session, or poster must submit an abstract of no more than 150 words summarizing the purpose, method and conclusions of the research. See below for instructions on email attach submittal. Abstracts will not be edited.  Authors are responsible for spelling, grammatical and typographical errors.

Poster Additional Information
Posters can be by individuals or groups. In addition to submitting an abstract, each presenter should prepare 15 copies of a one sheet abstract of their poster to share at the meeting and be prepared to illustrate their poster with up to a three-minute presentation. Poster boards will be available that can accommodate posters up to 72″ (1.22m) wide and 48″ (1.8m) high.  The organizing committee will provide tacks for attaching posters to the boards.

Special Session
Besides submitting an abstract(s) send a separate email to the organizers at and in the subject put the words: SPECIAL SESSION (followed by the title of the special session). In the body of the message indicate all members and the format such as series of papers, round-table discussion, video…

Submission Guidelines
All presenters, whether offering an oral presentation, special session, or participating in a poster session, must submit an abstract of no more than 150 words summarizing the purpose, methods and conclusions of the research. Please be sure to include a list of up to five keywords. Abstracts will not be edited.  Authors are responsible for spelling, grammatical and typographical errors. Please be sure to indicate whether the submission is a paper, special session, or poster and whether the presenter is a faculty member or undergraduate, masters, or doctoral student. Please email attach a file of the abstract with all of the below listed details to . The file name for the abstract should be as follows your last name – first name – wdcag.doc (smith-john-wdcag.doc). In the subject of the email put the word: ABSTRACT (followed by your name). In the body of the message put any additional information of special importance or leave it blank. The deadline for submissions is Feb 26, 2018. By submitting your abstract, you agree to it being published electronically as well as in hard copy.

Parts to the Abstract:

  1. PosterSpecial Session, or Presentation (state one)
  2. Faculty or Student (indicate if BA, BSc, MA, MSc, or PhD)
    *If student indicate if you are in the competition for best paper or poster
  3. Presenter’s name(s) (bold) (lead author should appear first all others follow separated by a ;), Dept. and Institution or appropriate Affiliation, City, Province, postal code, e-mail address(es)
  4. Title in bold
  5. Body of Abstract………. (150 words maximum)
  6. Key words: (up to five)
  7. Email attach your file to  . File name convention is: lastname-firstname-wdcag.docx . File types that are supported are: doc, docx, or txt. Please no pdf’s.


MSc student in a student competition
Leith Deacon, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E3 E-mail:
Sustainable Community Planning Development: The Case for Municipal Planning Departments.
The role of municipal planning departments is crucial to the longevity and resiliency of our communities. This presentation highlights the specific role of municipal planning departments as tools that can promote the long-term sustainability and resiliency of Canada’s resource-based communities.
Keywords: resource-based communities, planning, resiliency, Canada
File name for abstract: deacon-leith-wdcag.doc

Additional Abstract Instructions (borrowed from AAG)
Please notice and adhere to the following format instructions for the body of the abstract:

  • Do not put your name and affiliation in the body of the abstract.
  • Do not enter the title in the body of the abstract.
  • Do not use abbreviations.
  • Do not use underlining, boldface type, italics, subscripts, or superscripts.
  • Do not include any codes for justification, hyphenation, line height, line centering, margins, spacing, fonts, page centering, page numbering, suppression, or tabs, in your abstract.
  • Do not use bulleted lists.
  • Do not include phone numbers or e-mail addresses in the body of the abstract.
  • Do not use all caps.

If you need help in writing your abstract see:

Guide to Selecting Keywords for your Abstract
Keywords may be compound (such as “political geography”). Keywords should generally be nouns instead of adjectives or adverbs. Do not use abbreviations. In creating your keywords, try to think of how someone might want to search for your topic in the abstract volume.
If your presentation is about color cartography, an appropriate keyword might be “cartography-color.” Under no circumstance can you use a comma within a keyword.
Make certain your geography is not too specific. For example, suppose your paper is about southwestern Kentucky. A user of the abstract volume interested in Kentucky is going to search under the letter “K” instead of “S.” Therefore, use either “Kentucky” or “Kentucky-southwest” as a keyword.
In referring to a systematic sub field, do use the word “geography.” Use “economic geography” as the keyword and not “economic.” If you have a choice between the plural and the singular form, use the plural. If your keyword could be “race” or “races,” use “races.”

SAMPLE: Keywords: cartography, atlases, Alberta
Audio-Visual Equipment
Assume that overhead and digital projectors attached to computers will be provided as standard equipment.