From the President's Desk: Welcome to Congress 2021!

The University of Alberta community welcomes thousands of attendees to Canada's largest virtual academic conference May 27 - June 4.


Welcome to Congress 2021

On behalf of the entire University of Alberta community, I am pleased to welcome all attendees to the 90th anniversary edition of Congress, for the first time delivered virtually to thousands of participants across Canada and around the world.

For the past five years, the University of Alberta has been building towards this moment. Students, researchers, logistical teams, and leadership have worked tirelessly to ensure an outstanding experience for everyone involved. Today, hundreds of experts and volunteers are standing by to support presenters, audience members, and special guests. 

This year’s theme of Northern Relations, and the focus on anti-Black racism and decolonization, are an invitation to tackle some of the most challenging issues of the day, and we’re thrilled to play a part in staging those vital conversations.

As partners of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, we’re proud to play host to the largest virtual academic conference in Canadian history. 

I want to thank Convenor of Congress Michael O'Driscoll and his team for all of their efforts. Congress has hundreds of events for faculty, staff, and students to enjoy. I encourage you to review the calendar of events and read Michael's article “That’s What I Call Big Thinking!”. 

I wish all of our attendees the best over the coming days. Enjoy the conference!

Bill Flanagan
President and Vice-Chancellor