A different type of academic confernce
Posted in the Education Forum
#1 Dec 31, 2012
In May 2012, I attended an annual conference at Ryerson University in Toronto. The organizing entity was the International Journal of Arts and Sciences (IJAS ), better known for its support of multidisciplinary research and study abroad programs.
The first thing that I observed was how the conference united many professors, students and international experts in exchanging knowledge and ideas in a highly relaxed atmosphere. Academic conferences can be scary and tense but this was different. The organizers did an amazing job in maintaining a relaxed atmosphere. The subjects presented were in a variety of tracks, like social sciences, business, education and technology and included some of the most recent researches on particular subjects.
A unique part thatís not to be missed is the visiting of Ontario landmarks and sights by participants. It was a unique opportunity for the foreign academics to get to know the Niagara Falls and the Black Creek. Perhaps, the best part was that the two tours were organized free of charge by IJAS, where every one was able to participate with no conflicts with the scheduled presentations.
IJAS organizes conferences both in North America and in Europe. Having already participated in various such conferences, I would strongly recommend to any academic, student or interested individual to submit for the Toronto conference. There is ample room at the podium for oneís field of expertise that motivates the audience to dig for new knowledge. The combination of erudite information and presentations with the sightseeing tours is what makes the Toronto conferences one of a kind in Canada, providing the much needed relaxation after the speeches. Itís also a great way for experts to get feedback on their work and research and it also provides the chance for any participant to get familiar with new places and possible study locations.
I would summarize my experience in Toronto as an opportunity to pore over my field of expertise, but also get to know a lot from others with different expertise. I went to Toronto a stranger but left connected to so many academics outside my field of study.
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