MNK Research Conference

Mapping the New Knowledges (MNK) is Brock’s own graduate student conference. MNK provides a supportive environment for students to showcase the outstanding quality of the research happening at Brock.

2023 Conference Details and Schedule
Wednesday, Apr. 12
Location: Plaza Building, Cairns Research Complex and Goodman School of Business

Conference Program with Abstracts

Day-of Schedule

7:30 a.m. Registration opens and light breakfast - Plaza 4th Floor Mezzanine
8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks and FGS Awards Announcement
9:15 a.m. Keynote Presentation
9:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
9:40 a.m. Concurrent Oral AM Session - Plaza 3rd and 4th Floor and Goodman School of Business
11 a.m. Poster Viewing Session - Cairns 3rd Floor Hallway
Noon: Lunch break
1 p.m. Concurrent Oral PM Session 1 -Plaza 3rd and 4th Floor and Goodman School of Business
2:20 p.m. Refreshment Break - Plaza 4th Floor Mezzanine
2:30 p.m. Concurrent Oral PM Session 2
4 p.m. MNK Concludes

Conference Information

Students have the option of partaking in one of two presentation types – an oral research presentation or a poster presentation.

Oral Presentations: 
Oral presentations take place in a twenty-minute timeframe, with ten to fifteen minutes to present and five to ten minutes for questions from the audience. You are encouraged to follow the format most likely to be used in your discipline. If unsure, speak with your supervisor or graduate program director. You will also be required to submit a presentation abstract (maximum 250 words), so our organizing committee can place you in a session with similar presenters and for the conference program. Each group will have four to five presenters. All sessions will be chaired by a PhD student or postdoctoral fellow. Your presentation room will be equipped with a computer, projector and screen. You are welcome to share any visual materials you like.

Poster Presentations:
Students who choose to participate in a poster presentation will create a poster showcasing their research and will need to be available during their assigned poster viewing session to answer questions about their work. You must also submit a presentation abstract (maximum 250 words) for the conference program. There are no restrictions on posters, but they must fit on the provided tack board of 48″w x 36″h.  Posters can be printed through Brock’s Printing Services or in the Brock Library at your own cost. Some programs have funding available to support students in creating research posters, so be sure to check with your supervisor or GPD.

You may use this template to create your poster or create your own.

48″x36″ poster template

The templates are set at half scale, making the design easier for students to layout and view on screen. The final product output will be printed at 200 percent to fit the final finished size required.

Students in both Master’s and PhD level programs can present in MNK (research or course-based). Postdoctoral fellows and visiting researchers are also able to present.

Students in course-based or professional programs interested in presenting should contact (subject line: MNK 2023 Inquiry).

Not ready to present your research?  You can still attend MNK! All graduate students in course- and research-based programs at Brock are encouraged to attend to support their peers and learn about the exciting research taking place by students on our campus. MNK is a great place to meet students outside your discipline and feel connected to the larger graduate studies community. Please make sure you register for the conference as an ATTENDEE.

Students wishing to present at MNK must apply before the deadline of March 12 at 4 p.m. No late applications will be accepted.

Please use the PRESENTER REGISTRATION link above.

Before beginning your application to present, you will need to have the following information ready:

  • Name
  • Brock e-mail
  • Program of study
  • Level of Study (Master’s, PhD, Postdoctoral)
  • Supervisor Name
  • Presentation Title (This will be displayed in our conference program exactly as entered)
  • Presentation Abstract
    • Maximum of 250 words. Please note, if your abstract contains special symbols, we recommend that in addition to submitting your abstract in the registration form, you also email it to with the email titled MNK Conference Abstract – Your Name. Often, special symbols or letters do not appear in our website collection form.  If you are emailing us, please send it as a Microsoft Word document.
  • Presentation keywords – you may include up to 10 keywords to help us put your presentation in a session with similar presenters.

Conference check-in typically opens at 8 a.m. on the day of the conference. There will be coffee and light refreshments, and you will be given your conference swag bag.  You will also be given the location of your presentation. All conference presenters must check-in.

Typically at 8:45 a.m., we will begin with opening remarks and a keynote presentation. Conference sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. Lunch is included and will take place midday.


Attendee Registration

The Brock community is invited to attend the conference and must register to receive a complimentary lunch.

Presenter Registration

MNK Participants will attend an Academic Conferences 101 workshop.

Past Workshops

Academic Conferences 101

▸ Tuesday, March 14, at 10 a.m.

▸ Wednesday, March 1, at 4 p.m.

▸ Friday, March 3, at 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, March 7, at 1 p.m.

Visualizing your Research

Thursday, March 16 at 10:30 a.m.

Presenting your Research

Thursday, March 9 at 10:30 a.m.

Mobilizing Your Knowledge

Tuesday, Feb. 14
1 p.m.
Learn strategies for planning and engaging in knowledge mobilization (KMb) and more.

Abstract Writing

Tuesday, Feb. 7
1 p.m.
Learn and practice developing a great abstract