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Symposium on Aging Research (SoAR)

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There's always something to learn, and interacting with students and experts in aging is quite productive.

- Phyllis, Seniors Helping as Research Partners (SHARP) member 

Mission statement

With a focus on aging research, Symposium on Aging Research (SoAR) is a one-day 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.


Provide a forum for graduate students engaged in aging research to:

  1. Disseminate aging research to fellow graduate students
  2. Establish opportunities for interprofessional collaboration on future projects related to aging
  3. Promote and showcase aging research at the University of Waterloo

Upcoming events

SoAR 2017 will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017 at the University of Waterloo's Davis Centre. Graduate students, aging researchers, and community members with an interest in the health and well-being of older adults are invited to register and submit an abstract

Past events

SoAR 2016, the inaugural Symposium on Aging Research, was a great success. With representation from all Faculties at the University of Waterloo, 70 graduate students, 25 faculty members, and 10 older-adult community members came together to share research, perspectives, and wisdom on aging. See proceedings and select video archives from the symposium.