6th Annual

Interfaces of Global Change Graduate Research Symposium

April 23, 2021

The annual Interfaces of Global Change (IGC) Graduate Research Symposium provides an opportunity for IGC Fellows to share their research with the Global Change Center community at Virginia Tech. The full day symposium is scheduled for Friday, April 23rd, 2021. Although the forum will be virtual this year due to continued Covid-19 precautions, the online meeting will provide a forum for students to showcase their research and to interact and explore connections with other IGC fellows and GCC faculty across campus.

GCC faculty affiliates and current and prospective IGC graduate students are invited to attend the annual symposium.

All IGC fellows will have the opportunity to present their work as part of the symposium, although a limited number of presentations will be built in to the symposium schedule due to time constraints. All presentations will be available to IGC fellows and GCC faculty to view online through May 30, 2021.

There will be three presentation opportunities as part of the virtual symposium:

  1. Platform presentations
    • 10 to 12 platform presentations focused on research/study results
    • Presentations will be pre-recorded (12-minute max), followed by 3 min for live Q&A
    • Preference is given to IGC fellows reporting on global-change related research in their 3rd, 4th or 5th year of study
  1. Research power talks
    • Pre-recorded presentations (3-minute max), followed by 2 min for live Q&A
    • 12 research focused power talks will be selected to feature during the symposium on April 23rd
    • All 2nd – 5th year fellows are encouraged to practice their scientific communication skills and submit a research power talk! All power talks will be available for the GCC community to view online through May 30, 2021
  1. New IGC fellows power talks
    • The Spring 2021 cohort of new IGC fellows are invited and strongly encouraged to share brief introductions about yourself and your research interests to the rest of the GCC & IGC community.
    • Pre-recorded presentations (90-second max)
    • Fellows are encouraged to have fun with these: help us get to know you and give us a glimpse of your personality and passions!

Awards will be given for best talks in both the platform presentation and research power talks categories.

All presentations will be pre-recorded. Directions and guidance for how to record videos will be provided.

The deadline for abstract submissions is Friday, March 12th.


Fellows intending to present either a platform presentation or a research power talk should send abstract information (title, author/affiliations, abstract) via email to IGC Program Coordinator Jess Zielske at: jcoker@vt.edu. *For new fellows power talks you do not need to submit abstract information.

Each abstract should contain:

  1. Title
  2. Authors and Affiliations (e.g., Department and University), presenting author denoted by an asterisk
  3. An abstract not to exceed 250 words in length

Format example:

Hopkins, W.A.*1, Dude, T.H.E. 1,2, and Sobchak, W. 1
1 Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech; 2 Dept. of Interior Room Design, University of Abides