ISA World Congress of Sociology

Information for presenters

Registration:  Saturday, July 14 – Saturday, July 21, 2018

The registration desk is located just inside the main entrance of the North Building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Level 200 (street level).  
Entrance address for World Congress delegates: 255 Front Street West, Toronto

On-site registration begins Saturday, July 14.  The registration desk will be open as follows:

Saturday, July 14 16:00 – 19:00
Sunday, July 15 9:00 – 18:00
Monday, July 16 and Tuesday, July 17 7:00 – 18:00
Wednesday, July 18 8:00 – 18:00
Thursday, July 19 and Friday, July 20 8:00 – 17:00
Saturday, July 21 8:00 – 15:00

Name Badge

Each delegate will receive a name badge upon registration.  For security reasons, all participants are required to wear their name badge during activities related to the XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology.  Admission to sessions, the exhibition, and official functions (including the Opening Reception) will not be granted without the relevant name badges.

Congress Delegate Bag

Once participants have registered, they will receive a coupon to pick up their Congress delegate bag.  These can be picked up in Exhibit Hall C located on Level 300 (Level above registration area). The coupon is required to obtain the Congress delegate bag.

Opening Ceremony and Reception: Sunday, July 15, 2018

The opening ceremony will take place from 17:30 to 20:00 in Constitution Hall (North Building, Level 100, rooms 105 – 107).   A live streaming of the ceremony will be broadcast in the John Bassett Theatre (North Building, Level 100, room 102).   A reception will follow in Exhibition Hall A (North Building, Level 300) from 21:00 – 23:00.
The event will open with a Welcome to Turtle Island arranged by The Red Urban Project Montreal.

The Red Urban Project was created to teach about First Nations culture and to be a hub for Indigenous performers. The Project is located in Montreal, Quebec and was founded by Alan Harrington (Ojibwa, Shoal Lake 39 First Nation, Ontario).

Group performers: First Nations dancers are from Québec and Ontario, and represent many Indigenous Nations from across Turtle Island – known today as North America. The diversity of dancers also pays tribute to the diversity of Toronto’s urban Indigenous community.

Drum Group and Singers: “Young Ogichidaa” is a drum group from the heart of Toronto. The drum group carrier is Coty D. Zachariah. The word Ogichidaa (Oh-gitch-ah- daa) is Ojibwa or Anish-na-bee, and means “Warrior”.

This Welcome to Turtle Island is derived from Grand Entries that typically take place at Powwows. They involve a procession of dancers serving as a "bringing together of Nations." The audience is expected to stand during this time.  The songs express respect in a ceremonial way.

Farewell Party: Friday, July 20, 2018

The Farewell Party hosted by the Canadian Sociological Association will be held in Exhibit Hall A (North Building, Level 300) from 21:00 – 23:00.  The event theme ‘Farewell to Toronto’ will highlight the city’s regional foods while guests enjoy the featured performance.   Tickets are required and must be purchased on-line prior to June, 8, 2018. No tickets will be sold on-site.

The event will feature a closing performance through a collaboration between The Red Urban Project and Ollin Tonatiah Collective – an Aztec Mayan dance troupe located in Toronto. This collaboration is a first of its kind and is called ‘Eagle (North) and the Condor (South)’, featuring First Nations and Aztec Mayan dancers performing together. It will be a story-telling of two Nations meeting and sharing dances together.


The Exhibition, Publishers Lounge and Scholars Hub Event Series will be located in Exhibit Hall C (North Building, Level 300).  Exhibition and Event Series hours:

Sunday, July 15 to Thursday, July 19 09:00 – 17:00*
Friday, July 20 09:00 – 14:00

*Publishers Lounge and Scholars Hub Event Series may extend until 19:15

Child Minding

Child minding services, for children 1 month - 12 years of age, will be offered for a fee to registered participants through the Gerrard Resource Centre. Child minding services will be hosted onsite and will operate from 8:00 to 17:00 each day of the Congress, from Monday, July 16 to Friday July 20, 2018.  Registration is required before June 1, 2018.  Drop-in child minding services are not available. 


A variety of tours have been organized especially for World Congress participants and their families. Registration is required in advance. Toronto has many things to offer with local attractions and things to do while you are in town. Tourism Toronto will have an information booth located in the Congress registration area (North Building, Level 200).

Venue Information

The ISA World Congress sessions and events will take place in both the North and South Buildings of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).  The main entrance of the venue for delegates is through the North Building, 255 Front Street West.   Both the North and South buildings of the MTCC are connected by an indoor bridge located one floor above the Exhibition (Exhibit Hall C). 

Congress Information Booths

Delegates can visit the information booths located in Exhibition Hall C, Level 300 in the North Building or Level 600 in the South Building for general Congress information.

Volunteers: Assistance will be available throughout the venue from our helpful volunteers who will be wearing yellow ISA World Congress T-shirts.

Internet Access: Free WiFi is available at the MTCC in all public areas.  A password will be provided at the registration desk when picking up the name badge for use in the session rooms.

Computer Lab: A limited number of computers will be available to delegates (free of charge) to use in the South Building, Level 600, Room 605.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 – 18:00 & Saturday 9:00 – 15:00

Business Centre: Copying and printing services are available at a cost to delegates.  A list of pricing for services and items for purchase are available at the information desk or at the Business Centre.   Location: North Building (Level 300)
Hours: Mondays to Fridays 8:00 – 17:00       Contact: (416) 585-8387

Medical Services: This service will be available to delegates in the North and South Buildings of the MTCC for urgent medical issues requiring first aid/immediate assistance. International delegates are responsible for arranging their own medical insurance, for any additional medical needs.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 – 18:00 & Saturday 9:00 – 15:00

Accessibility: A copy of the MTCC floor plans with accessible elevators and bathroom locations are available at the Registration Desk.

Technical Information for Presenters

All session rooms are equipped with a computer, Wi-Fi, a projector and a screen. Speakers are requested to bring their own USB device so that they can easily up¬load their presentations onto a single computer immediately prior to their presentation. This should be done during the break proceeding the session at the latest in order to save time between the presen¬tations. Speakers will operate the slides themselves. The computers will have HDMI connections.  If presenters bring another computer (MAC or other), they are required to supply their own adapter to HDMI. The computers can support either PowerPoint (PPTX/PPT) or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) presentation files saved on a USB device that is compatible with Microsoft Windows 7.  The presentation computers will be running Windows 7 Pro and PowerPoint 2016.  For roundtable sessions the presenters must bring their own laptops and any required electricity adaptors. Flip charts will be available in the roundtable sessions.


Light snacks and beverages will be available onsite at the venue, Level 300 Exhibit hall C.
As well, there are several places to eat close by. Visit the Information Booths for assistance. Please note that drinking alcohol in public spaces at the venue is prohibited.

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