2023 Graduate Leisure Research Symposium

The 30th annual GARLS Symposium will be held May 4, 2023 as an in person conference. Coffee, snacks, and lunch will be provided. The evening social will include food and refreshments. The theme is “Back to the future - what matters in Rec and Leisure” with keynote speaker Mac Ross.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us at any time.

Thank you kindly,

Gaurav Panse and Adam Pappas, Co-Chairs
30th Graduate Student Leisure Research Symposium

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Primary objectives of the symposium
2023 keynote speaker
Student presentations
Symposium schedule
Symposium social

Primary objectives of the symposium

  1. To offer students the opportunity to present their research and ideas in a supportive, inclusive atmosphere.
  2. To advance the state of knowledge about leisure, recreation, sport, and tourism through a public forum of shared research.
  3. To facilitate scholarly communication among students and faculty interested in leisure research, and to create the opportunity for constructive criticism and debate.

2023 keynote speaker

This year we welcome Mac Ross as the keynote speaker. Dr. Ross is an Assistant Professor of Sport Management at Western University. Dr. Ross uses his research to advocate for equity and justice within the Canadian sport system. This lecture is supported by the Lyle S. Hallman Endowment Fund.

Student presentations

Presentations and posters are either completed research studies, or works in progress. Case studies, philosophical pieces, literature reviews, conceptual development papers, and completed empirical studies are all included. Abstracts are subject to a blind review process. Presentations will be 15 minutes with discussion, and posters will be displayed throughout the conference, including dedicated poster discussion time. We invite graduate students (and senior undergraduate students pursuing research) interested in any aspect of leisure, recreation, sport, and tourism research to attend the symposium, and to take advantage of this unique opportunity for scholarly and professional growth.

2023 symposium schedule

Time Session title and speakers
8:00 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. Meeting room opens and gathering begins
8:20 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Land Acknowledgements and Symposium Kick-off - Dr. Kylie Wasser
8:30 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. Introduction & Welcome Address - Dr. Lili Liu
8:40 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. Opening 
8:50 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Introduction of Dr. Mac Ross 
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Hallman Keynote Lecture + Question and Answer Period - Dr. Mac Ross
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Networking Coffee Break
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Graduate Student Presentations 1-3; Session 1 Question and Answer Period 
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Graduate Student Presentations 4-6; Session 2 Question and Answer Period
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch break
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Grad Student Presentations 7-9; Session 3 Question and Answer Period 
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Graduate Student Presentations 10-12; Session 4 Question and Answer Period
3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Coffee break
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Graduate Student Presentations 13-15; Session 5 Question and Answer Period
4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Graduate Student Presentations 16-18; Session 6 Question and Answer Period 
5:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Closing remarks - Dr. Heather Mair
6:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Closing remarks - Dr. Kylie Wasser

2023 GARLS symposium social

The Symposium Social hosted by Graduate Association of Recreation and Leisure Studies (GARLS) will be held from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Grad House (200 University Ave W) on May 4. Food and refreshments will be provided.

2023 GARLS symposium registration

Registration is now closed.


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