An interdisciplinary forum for graduate student research
With a focus on aging research, Symposium on Aging Research (SoAR) is a one-day meeting for engaging with graduate student research beyond disciplinary and professional boundaries, and across areas of expertise. SoAR encourages graduate students from any discipline to present, dialogue, and learn about current research on processes, experiences, and systems related to aging. The interdisciplinary SoAR is an opportunity for graduate students to network across disciplines and professions, initiate trans-departmental collaborations, and engage in integrative conversations on aging research.
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Keynote speaker: Professor John L. Lewis
Professor John Lewis is an urban planner and landscape architect with research expertise in the areas of urban and landscape design, geodesign software, accessible planning, and age-friendly communities. He has worked professionally as an urban planner for the City of York, as an environmental planning consultant for the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia, the Yukon Government, the Government of Canada, and is currently an age-friendly planning advisor to the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat, the City of Waterloo, the Town of Hanover, the Municipality of Huron East, and the Town of Orangeville. A faculty member of the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo since 2005, Professor Lewis is also a member of the University of Waterloo’s Research Institute for Aging and is the CEO and CTO of Vidyā Consultants Inc.
Tentative schedule for May 5, 2017
|8:00 - 8:45||Registration | Breakfast | Poster Set-up|
|8:45 - 9:45||Welcome | Keynote address - Professor John Lewis|
|9:45 - 10:00||Networking Break|
|10:00 - 11:00||Rapid-fire Presentations|
|11:00 - 11:30||Networking Break | Poster Session|
|11:30 - 12:30||Micro-oral Presentations | Seniors Travel Planning Workshop|
|12:30 - 2:00||Lunch | Poster Session | Speed Networking|
|2:00 - 3:00||Micro-oral Presentations|
|3:00 - 3:15||Networking Break | Poster Session|
|3:15 - 4:00||Pearls of Wisdom Panel | Closing Remarks|
Pearls of Wisdom Presentations
The Pearls of Wisdom session is an opportunity to engage in a current issue or topic from multiple perspectives. At SoAR 2017 you will hear from a panel comprised of UWaterloo alumnus, graduate students, and faculty members, and senior community members who will discuss technology use for the aging population. Each presenter will share their insights, challenges, experiences, or learnings about using technology as an older adult or with this population. This Pearls of Wisdom session is designed to assist researchers identify and overcome challenges, and to provide an interdisciplinary view of using technology with older adults.
In small groups, you’ll be able to meet and talk with University of Waterloo faculty members who conduct research in the field of aging to learn about their backgrounds and their research. Groups of two students will rotate between 10 faculty members from different faculties, with five minutes per faculty member for discussion.
This is an opportunity for graduate students to access up-to-date career information, clarify their own career goals, and identify their professional strengths.
Some sample questions that you could consider asking:
- How did you get started in the field of aging?
- What do you think has made you successful in your career?
- What are the traits, skills, and experiences that are necessary to secure a tenure track position?
- What advice would you give to someone starting their research career in the field of aging?
- What publications, professional associations or events should I check out for additional information?
The SoAR poster session is intended to highlight posters that feature: proposals for future research, overview of research processes, or results of student's project in an area of research related to aging. The poster session is open to all symposium attendees. Student posters will be on display throughout the duration of the symposium and there will be a dedicated presentation and networking time for conference attendees to view the posters. Submissions welcome from both graduate and upper-year undergraduate students who are involved in a research project.
Please format the poster as follows:
- Size: 36 inches X 48 inches
- Information to include: Title, Name, Phone, Email, Department, and Faculty Email, Department, and Faculty
Selected graduate student posters (up to 15) will be asked to give a Rapid-fire Presentation on their topic. This is a brief, two-minute synopsis of your work presented through an oral presentation accompanied by two slides. The purpose of the rapid-fire presentation is to stimulate interest in the presenter’s research and facilitate opportunities for discussion and networking. Rapid-fire presentations are excellent ways to encourage delegates to visit your poster for more information. The timing of two minutes will be strictly adhered to and questions will be held to the 15-minute discussion period at the end of the session.
- 10-minute presentation/presenter
- five-minute discussion period/presenter
- four presenter spots available per concurrent session
These shortened oral presentations are intended for those who have passed the phase of initial findings, but have perhaps not quite fully-developed their research projects. This is a good way to present findings from smaller studies or studies of interest to a single-disciplinary audience. Oral presentations will be 10-minutes followed by a five-minute question period.
Seniors Travel Planning Workshop
The Seniors Travel Planning Workshop is a unique opportunity to work in interdisciplinary teams with senior community members to solve real-life transportation issues in the Region of Waterloo.
In this workshop you will have the opportunity to work with your peers from all faculties using maps, demographic information, personal accounts as well as other background and visual materials to:
- Identify barriers to mobility for older adults who wish to access a neighbourhood community centre; and
- Design potential solutions to these barriers. These solutions could be in the form of programming, changes to the built environment, creation of special services – the possibilities are endless!
Advance registration required.
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