Brock wins bid to host Canada’s premier academic gathering in 2014

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Brock wins bid to host Canada’s premier academic gathering in 2014


Nov. 20, 2009

Brock University has been awarded the opportunity to host the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2014, following a competitive bid and thorough review process. As many as 8,000 delegates are expected to attend the conference.

“Winning a bid to host Congress 2014 is like winning a bid to host the intellectual Olympics,” stated Noreen Golfman, president of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. “Congress will help put both Brock and the surrounding region on the map as an international destination for knowledge and research.”

Board members from the Federation made their decision based on a number of factors, including state-of-the-art facilities, an energetic staff and significant community support.

Besides showcasing Brock and its research capacity, the event has the potential to generate economic spin-offs of upwards of $10 million to the local host region — requiring some 17,000- to 20,000-room nights in local hotels and University residences.

“This is a great occasion to promote our Niagara region and regional partners,” says Liette Vasseur, vice-president of Research at Brock. “Furthermore, it will enhance our profile as a research-intensive university in a region with a great quality of life in a beautiful setting. Brock is very happy to have been selected as the host for 2014.”

Congress representatives noted that they were impressed with the well-orchestrated site visit, citing the enthusiasm and support of community partners as a key contributor in their evaluation of Brock’s bid.

About the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Organized annually by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Congress brings together thousands of scholars, students, practitioners and policy makers in a different city each year to share ideas, debate and enrich their research. As such, it is the largest multidisciplinary academic gathering in Canada, attracting delegates from every province and territory and from around the world.

Delegates gather under the aegis of more than 70 associations representing a rich spectrum of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. From theatre, literature and education to history, sociology and political sciences, Congress represents a unique showcase of scholarly excellence, creativity and leadership.

Brock hosted Congress in 1996. Hosting the Congress in 2014 will coincide with celebrations for the University’s 50th anniversary, as well as the culmination of events commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

Congress 2009 was hosted by Carleton University in Ottawa. Congress 2010 will be hosted by Concordia University in Montreal from May 28 to June 4, 2010.