Our Events

The SMART Training Platform is designed to provide trainees with the knowledge and skills to tackle many of the challenges faced in urban environments, creating smart solutions to improve food access, mobility, and health in Canadian communities, including First Nations. Our efforts towards achieving the objectives of the SMART Training Platform come to life through our diverse event offerings. The SMART Training Platform is rooted in fostering meaningful collaboration, amplifying the impact of the platform and the Healthy Cities Research Training Initiative (HCRI), and cultivating an interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral community of practice in Canada where none currently exist.

“I highly recommend this experience. It gives you the unique opportunity to met with individuals tackling real-world complex issues and work with multidisciplinary peers to problem solve in a collaborative and applied manner. It is an immersive opportunity that is good for any student or individual interested in context-driven, systems thinking-focused implementation science.”

“It EXCEEDED my expectations! I really grew as a researcher and person from this experience. I’m even more excited to start my PhD and inspired to do impactful research. Also, everyone involved was so kind and interesting that it made the week feel like such a treat.”

“The interdisciplinary selection of candidates for this program was incredibly valuable. Working with people with different perspectives and experience helped me frame problems and solutions in a different light.”

Featured Events

The Second Annual Healthy Cities Conference: Imagining Healthy and Smart Cities of the Future – Building Towards Systemic and High Dimensional Change, a New Framework

November 1st to 3rd, 2023

Archived Events

The Implementation Science Summer School

The SMART Training Platform’s summer school is an opportunity to learn new concepts, methods, and perspectives in implementation science. This learning experience includes small and interactive sessions, round table discussion and activities, and a case study competitions where interdisciplinary groups formed to solve a real-world challenge from sector partners.

First Annual Healthy Cities Conference

November 2022, we hosted the First Annual Healthy Cities conference in Ottawa, Ontario. Focusing on the central place of food in cities, we discussed key topics such as the use of ‘big data’ to create smart solutions for urban environments, relevant challenges Indigenous communities face, and the many facets of the circular economy in cities of the future. Our goal was to expand the understanding of implementation science and explore how to build and support healthy cities through research excellence, capacity building and knowledge mobilization.

The Circular Economy Summer School

The program gave participants a deeper understanding of topics that are inherent to the development and maintenance of circular economies and approaches to solving these problems. This includes the opportunities and challenges that arise as part of the circular food and digital agri-food revolution, healthy cities, and the circular food systems. The learning experience will include small, interactive sessions and activities as well as case study competitions where interdisciplinary groups form to solve a “real-world” challenge from a partner in the sector.

Webinar: May 3rd, 2022

Understanding and engaging adolescents in improving the healthiness of their food choices with Dr. Ellen Van Kleef.

Webinar: April 28th, 2022

Optimizing HIV-related implementation science with Dr. Stefan Baral.

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