STTPA Conference

An image of the UTM Library with the title of the STTPA Conference and the conference dates from October 11th-13th, 2023

The Sustainability: Transdisciplinary Theory, Practice, and Action (STTPA) Conference engages transdisciplinary and intersectoral dialogue on the pressing issues, solutions, and actions for confronting the wicked problems and moving towards greater sustainability. STTPA brings together voices of all stakeholders, such as academics, practitioners, policy makers, governments, Indigenous people, and civil society to create evidence-based and action-oriented agendas for transdisciplinary research, policy, practice, and action.

As we enter 2023, we continue to wrestle with challenges related to increasingly dramatic climate change, unrelenting inflation, a lingering pandemic, a widening income gap, growing social inequality, and human and Indigenous rights. These are not problems with easy solutions. They are “wicked” problems because they span traditional disciplinary boundaries and ways of thinking and finding solutions to them is inherently complex. In some cases, insights from academic researchers lead the way, whereas in others, industry, community, and government and Indigenous leaders and practitioners lead the way. In some cases, solutions require global collaboration, enhancement in education systems and equitable and sustainable development of communities.

The second bi-annual Sustainability: Transdisciplinary Theory, Practice, and Action (STTPA) Conference will be held at the UTM campus on October 11th-13th, 2023. As a path towards sustainability requires mutual respect and learning from each other, the Organizing Committee plans to organize three days of innovative, interactive, and unique programs designed to create and strengthen a community of engaged conference participants.

The conference program will include plenary sessions, panel discussions, integrated (theory, practice, and action) sessions, concurrent sessions, workshops, poster (research and practice) presentations, exhibits and other formats of communication enabling all stakeholders to learn and contribute meaningfully to our path towards sustainability.

Important Dates:

May 28th, 2023: Abstracts due.

June 30th, 2023: Abstract results sent to applicants.

May 1st, 2023 – August 31st: Early bird registration period.

October 4th, 2023: Final day to pre-register.


Register and pay here for the 2023 Sustainability: Transdisciplinary, Theory, Practice, and Action Conference. Early Bird pricing ends on August 31st, 2023!


Early Bird (May 1st-August 31st): $325.00

Regular Price: $375.00

One-Day Only: $150.00

Student Early Bird Price: $125.00

Student Regular Price: $160.00

Student One-Day: $75.00


Submission Abstract submissions are now closed. However, If you are a student and are interested in presenting a poster based on research and have conceptual/innovative ideas focused on sustainability, please fill out the form in the section “Poster Presentations by Students” here! 

To learn more, please email

You can also connect with:

Prof. Shashi Kant, Conference Chair


Phone: (905) 569-5739


Michelle Atkinson, Conference Secretary


Phone: (905) 302-3191