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News Update!

A copy of the abstract booklet for DESC VI, including the program schedule, is now available. See the participant resources tab: itinerary. 




The Doctoral Environmental Science Colloquium is an annually occurring event hosted by the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences. This initiative aims to celebrate the excellent scholarship produced by our students. The DESC provides a supportive and essential academic platform for Doctoral students to discuss their research, gain valuable feedback, network, and interact with peers and faculty members. DESC also offers Doctoral students an opportunity to cultivate presentation, communication, and public speaking skills.

After two years of silence due to the pandemic, the sixth edition of the Doctoral Colloquium is back! 

The 6th DESC is scheduled to hold on September 29th & 30th, 2022, at the University of Toronto Scarborough. The event typically features two high-profile (usually international) keynote speakers, two busy days with (oral or poster) presentations, some decent catering, and pub night(s). Participation is free. However, students are expected to register to attend the two-day event. 

We are looking forward to the event and seeing all the exciting research being undertaken by the Department’s Ph.D. students!