See you at Acfas!

From May 25 to 29, 2015, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) will be in Rimouski, in the Lower St. Lawrence region of Quebec, to participate in the 83rd Congress of the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas).

Under the theme “Thinking Outside the Box,” Acfas, together with the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), is preparing a full week of scientific seminars and debates, to be held in various locations. SSHRC representatives, as well as Canada Research Chairs and Canada Excellence Research Chairs, will be present to answer questions about funding opportunities and to talk about research trends with academic administrators, researchers, professors and students.

SSHRC is organizing two activities: a round table with the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) on the future challenge areas, and a presentation by Nico Trocmé, winner of SSHRC's 2014 Connection Award. Both events will take place during the Desjardins 5 à 7 on May 28. Trocmé, director of McGill’s School of Social Work and its Philip Fisher Chair in Social Work, will share some of the most recent findings on child welfare trends in Canada—data gathered by his team and supported by a SSHRC Partnership Grant. Trocmé will then yield the floor to representatives from the directeur de la protection de la jeunesse du Bas-Saint-Laurent, who will deliver a presentation discussing the usefulness of such information in the field.

More than 3,500 participants are expected at this conference featuring 135 seminars and over 500 free presentations.