Final Symposium

Final Symposium

GII Final Symposium Booklet

After months of research, collaboration, and discussion among high school students and their university student mentors, the Global Ideas Institute culminates in a day-long symposium during which each group presents its recommendation. Leading experts in the field respond to the students’ recommendations, followed by an opportunity for discussion. This year, the symposium will be held on April 12, 2019.


8:00 AM Breakfast and Registration University of Toronto School (UTS)
9:00 AM Opening Keynote UTS Auditorium
9:35 AM Transition to Breakouts Breakout Rooms (See below)
10:00 AM Session I: Student Pitches Breakout Rooms
11:50 PM Lunch & Poster Session 1 Devonshire Place
1:30 PM Session II: Student Pitches Breakout Rooms
2:10 PM Coffee Break Breakout Rooms
2:30 PM Expert Debrief Breakout Rooms
3:30 PM Transition to Plenary UTS Auditorium
3:40 PM Closing Remarks UTS Auditorium
4:15 PM End & Mentor Social

Breakout location

Campbell Conference Facility                   University of Toronto Schools                 Nexus Lounge
1 Devonshire Place                                      Auditorium (FE114)                                     OISE, 12th Floor
Toronto, ON                                                  371 Bloor Street West                                 252 Bloor Street West
M5S-1V6                                                      Toronto, ON                                                 Toronto, ON
M5S-2R7                                                    M5S-1V6

At the Final Symposium on April 12, 2019, each team will present their strategy to address the complex challenge of plastic waste reduction. Each team will have 5 minutes to pitch their ideas in front of all GII participants at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

Each presentation should include a Powerpoint presentation. A panel of experts will evaluate the presentations, ask questions, give feedback and offer further recommendations.

A poster session will also be held highlighting the solutions presented by all the teams. If you are interested in attending the poster session please visit: Poster Session Event Page

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