What is GRADtalks?

GRADtalks is a series of research talks featuring two University of Waterloo doctoral students, speaking about a common theme from their research perspectives.  A typical GRADtalks event is organized as such:

3:30-3:45 p.m. - introduction and welcoming remarks

3:45-4:05 p.m. - first speaker (often includes PowerPoint presentation)

4:05-4:25 p.m. - second speaker (often includes PowerPoint presentation)

4:25-4:45 p.m. - question and answer

4:45-5:30 p.m. - wine and cheese

Why participate?

GRADtalks provides a meaningful and collaborative setting for Waterloo graduate students to highlight their remarkable research.  Speakers are also awarded a GRADtalks Research Dissemination Award, valued at $500.

Apply now to be a GRADtalks speaker (webform).

Submit a GRADtalks topic (webform).

GRADtalks 2019

  • GRADtalks: Technology and Health
    • Thursday, April 4
      Inspired by Dr. Strickland’s Nobel prize-winning work, this session of GRADtalks focuses on the broad topic of Technology and Health.  What fundamental research is under development today? How will  that research potentially redefine healthcare in the future? How is technology being applied?
  • GRADtalks: Feeding the Future (and People's Choice vote)
    • Thursday, June 6
      As the global population escalates and the impacts of climate change are realized, how will we feed the planet? What are University of Waterloo graduate students discovering now – from research spanning agriculture and food production; foods, nutrition and health; food safety, food security and sustainability; to global food systems –that will inform the future? 
  • GRADtalks: The Role of the University on the Modern World
    • Thursday, September 26
      Knowledge is vital to modern societies and economies. What is the role of the university in the modern world? How do technology, politics and globalization change the role of universities today as compared to the past? How are the values of the modern world fostering change in universities? How do universities change our perceptions of modern life?
  • GRADtalks: The Future of Healing
    • Thursday, November 28
      Restoring health and wellness can mean many things: novel approaches to therapy, restorative justice, addressing inequities within the broad determinants of health, and creating supportive environments and policies. What challenges do we need to overcome? How will today’s research affect health outcomes in the future? How will people, cultures and societies react to these developments and changes? What does the future of healing look like?

Previous GRADtalks Events

University of Waterloo's GRADtalks speakers series began in 2017 as a way for doctoral students to share their research with a broader audience. Since then we've hosted eight GRADtalks events, where over 15 students have particpated.

Would you like to learn more about our previous GRADtalks events? Visit our webpage for a complete list of topics and speakers.