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Conference Details

The Cold Regions Research Centre (CRRC) is hosting its annual student conference, CRRC-Days 2023, on November 23rd and 24th, 2023.

We are excited to showcase Early Career Researchers (ECRs) from all research stages, including the proposal stage. Presentations will include both conference-length (12 minutes) and 3MT talks. New this year, we also will be including short (one minute) video presentations. CRRC-Days also includes a Keynote by Dr. Zdanowicz, a Panel featuring Dr. Jordan Musetta-Lambert, Dr. Raquel Alfaro-Sánchez and Dr. Lucy Poley, and a workshop where you’ll create your own infographic for your research.

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The Early Career Researchers Leadership Committee of the Cold Regions Research Centre (CRRC) is proud to announce the winners of the 2023 CRRC Days.

For the 12-Minutes Presentations:

Winner is Katie Hettinga from the University of Waterloo for their talk on “Non-growing season CO2 emissions may offset a substantial fraction of the growing season CO2 uptake in Canadian peatlands”!! Runner up is Arash Rafat and third is Eric Jolin, both from Wilfrid Laurier University. Special congrats to Eric for being in the top 3 for two years in a row!

For the 3-Minute Thesis Presentations:

Winner is Narayan Subramoniam from Wilfrid Laurier University for their talk on “Estimating Nutrition North Canada subsidy pass-through rates in Northwest Territories”. Runner up is Keira McManus and third is Sabrina St-Hillaire, both from Wilfrid Laurier University.

We also wanted to send a special thanks to Taylor Hayhurst from Wilfrid Laurier University and Petri Matthew Varsa from the University of Waterloo for their videos this year, a new addition to the CRRC Days. It’s not easy to be the first to try something new. We hope to continue this form of presentation next year so for all CRRC researchers make sure to take videos of yourself in action during the year!

Location and Registration

CRRC-Days 2023 is free of charge! The conference will be held in person at 45 Lodge Street, Waterloo, Ontario, and the Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science.

To participate online using Zoom, you can register at this link.


You can access the CRRC-Days 2023 schedule now. For abstracts and more information on presenters, see the full conference proceedings.

Keynote Speaker

November 23rd, 2023 at 4:00 to 5:00PM

Keynote by Dr. Christian Zdanowicz

Dr. Zdanowicz is a Geologist, glaciologist and geochemist, educated in Canada (MSc Carleton Univ. 1994), the USA (PhD Univ. New Hampshire, 1999) and formerly a researcher with Natural Resources Canada (1999-2012). He joined Uppsala University, Sweden, in 2013 as Associate Professor (Docent).

Dr. Zdanowicz studies the impacts of climate warming and atmospheric pollution in the Arctic. Over the past 13 years, he has investigated how atmospheric mercury is transported, deposited in, and released from, the Arctic cryosphere, as well as how mercury cycling is coupled with Arctic climate variability and change. His presentation will look back on what he’s learned, how it was learned, and the questions that remain, drawing on research carried out in Nunavut, the Yukon, and NWT.


November 24th at 3:45 to 5:00 PM

Panel Discussion – Lessons Learned: Transitioning from your graduate degree

Dr. Jordan Musetta-Lambert

Research scientist with Environment and Climate Change Canada

Dr. Raquel Alfaro-Sánchez

Postdoctoral Researcher at Universidad de Castilla – La Mancha (Spain) and Visiting Researcher at Wilfrid Laurier University

Dr. Lucy Poley

Geospatial Ecologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada


Friday November 24th 2023 at 2:00 to 3:00 PM

Workshop – Infographics

Learn how to use BioRender to make an infographic about your research with Lisa Atkinson!

See this form for more information and to register if you’re interested.