To submit your abstract please visit our submission portal. You will need to create a username and a password. Once you are logged into the system, click on "New Submission" and choose RETI. We would strongly encourage you to read the rest of this page before you submit your abstract. 

The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended to  November 15, 2018.

There will be a number of different opportunities to present as part of Engaging Islands.


We encourage presentations from a broad range of symposium participants, including Presidents, faculty, university staff, and students.

Along with traditional presentation format, we also welcome other presentations styles and panels. The following options are available:

    • Standard presentation (15 minute presentation and 5 minutes for Q&A)
    • 20/20 (pecha kucha style) presentation (20 slides and 20 seconds per slide- the presenter does not control the slides, they change automatically)
    • Panel (two or more presenters engaged in a conversation about a topic. Maximum 30 minutes and it should involve the audience in an interactive exchange)
    • Poster (3x4 feet (90x120 cm))

This year, we'll be focusing on the following themes:

People, Mobility, and Internationalization of Island Spaces: topics could relate to migration patterns (historical and contemporary,) internationalization at island universities, mobile labour forces, and the impacts of mobility (physical and digital) on island populations, among others.

Oceans, Science, and Technology: topics could relate to climate change, biodiversity, fisheries, and aquaculture, among others.

Island Literature, Folklore, and Language: topics could relate to writing, storytelling, television and film-making, visual culture, digital culture, and minority language groups among others.

Resilience and Governance of Islands: topics could relate to public policy, community wellness and well-being, economic and regional development, preparing for population change, social innovation, and community-based development, among others.

Island Tourism: topics could relate to challenges and opportunities of island tourism, labor markets, terroir and local food tourism, national and regional parks, transportation, and tourism trends, among others.

Poster Sessions:

Throughout the RETI Symposium we will make poster space available to faculty and students who prefer to present their work in that form. The posters should be about 3x4 feet (90x120 cm) and they can be on any topic involving islands and island research. We will have dedicated poster sessions throughout the event and the posters will be on display for the duration of the symposium.

Island School:

Island School is a unique opportunity for visiting students to meet their host counterparts, present on their own work, and hear from some of the top island-based scholars in the world from across the disciplines. All of the presentations are considered part of island school and all sessions are open to all students wishing to attend or present. 

You can access the submission portal here


RETI Symposium

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000