With more than 5,100 attendees, Congress 2018 has attracted researchers from thousands of kilometres away

By Katherine Cormack Posted: May 29, 2018 2:00 p.m.

Dr. Lawrence Kalule at a book launch at Congress 2018 flew through several time zones to get to Regina for the conference.
Dr. Lawrence Kalule at a book launch at Congress 2018 flew through several time zones to get to Regina for the conference. Photo: External Relations

Congress 2018 has attracted 5,100 researchers to the University of Regina campus. The Prairie welcome they’re receiving leaving just the right impression on visitors from across Canada and around the world.


On Sunday evening, Dr. Svetlana Suchkova and Dr. Elena Bazanova waited to get into the packed President’s Reception for Congress 2018 guests. They were eager to hear greetings from University of Regina’s Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor, and Dr. Thomas Chase, Provost, as well as from special guest, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities and to share their impressions of Congress 2018.

“It’s a beautiful campus and everyone is so friendly and helpful,” said Bazanova. “It’s better than Harvard!”

Bazanova was referring to how the compact nature of the U of R campus - with the Dr. Lloyd Barber Academic Green at its heart - lends itself to easy navigation and warm interactions.


“The volunteers are amazing!” said Suchkova. “Big smiles. Helpful directions. They’re just so wonderful.”

Suchkova, from the Higher School of Economics, and Bazanova, from the National University of Science and Technology, travelled 7,702 kilometres (or 4,786 miles) to attend Congress 2018 from their home universities in Moscow, Russia.

And on Monday, the third day of Congress 2018, Dr. Lawrence Kalule, at an off-campus book launch in the company of a host of Congress colleagues, shared, “Congress 2018 and the University of Regina are great!”

Kalule, who travelled some 13,075 kilometres (or 7,845 miles) from Kyambogo University in Kampala, Uganda to the U of R, may well have won the prize for travelling the farthest to attend Congress 2018.

While Congress, celebrating its 87th year, is a Canadian conference, attracting attendees from across the country, international attendees also find it a valuable experience and well worth the trip. Many have commented that the U of R faculty, staff, and volunteers have truly gone the extra mile, extending that famous Prairie hospitality to make their guests feel welcome and at home during their stay.

Share your Congress 2018 travel story and impressions of the University of Regina. We may share them as part of our Congress 2018 wrap up.

Congress 2018, hosted by the University of Regina, welcomes more than 5,000 academics from the social sciences and humanities. The “Gathering diversities” theme of the Queen City’s largest-ever conference, celebrates the history of Regina as a traditional place of gathering and rich buffalo hunting grounds for numerous Plains cultures and explores education as a new buffalo.

Congress 2018, running until June 1, includes a variety of free public events. For more information, visit the Congress 2018 website.