Western Research Forum

Western Research Forum


ABSTRACT SUBMISSION for the WRF 2024 is now open! Submit by January 8, 2024!


Organized by the SOGS Academic Committee, the Western Research Forum (WRF) is the largest annual multidisciplinary graduate research conference at Western. Established in 1987, the aim of this conference is to highlight the work of Western graduate students in an academic and research context. It is designed for researchers to engage with others outside their field, with the goal of exchanging thoughts and exploring ideas from various perspectives.

This one-day free event, held in March of each year, is open to all and features graduate oral and poster presentations in research themes explored across Western, keynote speakers, and prizes for Best Oral and Poster Presentations. Past conferences have also featured a discussion panel. The call for abstracts goes out in November of each year, with the abstract deadline set in mid-January (January 8, 2024) and presenter selection finalized in late January. For more information on the WRF 2024, please follow this link .

Current and past conference proceedings, including abstracts, supplemental material, photos and videos, are available below. As of 2018, the Western Journal of Graduate Research has merged with Scholarship@Western. Many thanks to SOGS, the contributors, volunteers, administrators, and librarians who make the Western Research Forum a success.

IMPORTANT: You will need a Scholarship@Western account to submit your abstract. To create a Scholarship@Western account, please click HERE and select "Create new account".


The SOGS Academic Committee is comprised of Western graduate students from various disciplines. The responsibilities of the committee include organizing and running the WRF, showcasing the WRF through Scholarship@Western, and the adjudication of SOGS academic awards.

For a list of members, please contact SOGS VP Academic at academic@sogs.ca.

Browse the contents of Western Research Forum:

Western Research Forum 2024
This year's Western Research Forum will be held in-person on Friday, March 15, 2024.
Western Research Forum 2023
This year's Western Research Forum will be held in-person on Friday, March 17, 2023.
Western Research Forum 2022
The Western Research Forum will be held virtually on Tuesday, March 15 and Wednesday, March 16, 2022.
Western Research Forum 2021
The Western Research Forum will be held virtually on Wednesday, March 17 and Thursday, March 19, 2021.
Western Research Forum 2020
The Western Research Forum will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2020.
Western Research Forum 2019
The Western Research Forum 2019 was held on March 22, 2019.
Western Research Forum 2018 "Controversy: Challenging The Boundaries in Research"
The Western Research Forum 2018 was held on March 16, 2018.
Western Research Forum 2017 "Mosaic"
The Western Research Forum 2017 was held on March 10, 2017.