Poster Session

Call for Student Posters

College and university students around the world are invited to submit a poster for the Sustainable Indigenous Tourism Symposium in Nanaimo, British Columbia taking place from April 12-13th, 2017. The conference is titled, “Innovations in Community Based Research and Management for Sustainable Indigenous Tourism Development”, and features the following strategic directions: Indigenous tourism, community based research, sustainability, and management. Submissions are encouraged to align with these themes.



The event is a 2-day symposium held in Nanaimo, BC and also shared in real time via webinar and other social media tools. The event will bring together presenters from all over the world, such as Indigenous communities, academic researchers, industry leaders, community leaders, government and non-governmental associations and the tourism industry. A wide range of topics will be presented, ranging from strategic level issues to operational best practices and innovations in research on Indigenous tourism.

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The symposium would like to invite undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to share examples of innovative and promising practices in Indigenous tourism. These examples will be shared via posters at the event, later on the Sustainable Indigenous Tourism website, and in the proceedings for the event. The posters should each contain:

  1. the context of the case example
  2. a description of the innovation or promising practice
  3. the stakeholders involved and their respective roles, and
  4. the impact of the innovative or promising practice.  

Students do not have to attend the conference to participate, however there are a limited number of student registrations available to those who wish to attend.

How to Apply

Submit a 250-word abstract that outlines the content of your proposed poster by February 15, 2017. Abstracts should be sent to Submissions should indicate the name(s) of the students, the institution and contact information.

Abstracts / Poster Selection

The program committee will review all abstracts and notify students of acceptance by March 1st. Students will be invited to upload their posters into dropbox in PDF format no later than March 28th. They will be printed in Nanaimo. An effective poster will have an explanatory title, indicate author(s) and affiliations, and display the content in a visually appealing and concise manner. Visual aids (e.g., pictures and graphs, etc.) are often helpful, but not necessary.

Presentation of Posters

Posters will be displayed during a Wine and Cheese Social Event at Vancouver Island University on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017.


Delegates at the symposium will vote on the best poster award which will be awarded at the symposium.

For more information

Contact Poster Session Coordinator: Sara Fulla, Research Assistant, Vancouver Island University at