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Symposium on Aging Research (SoAR) 2020 - Postponed indefinitely

After consideration of the current situation around COVID-19, the SoAR 2020 Conference Planning Committee has chosen to indefinitely postpone this year's event. This decision is in alignment with the Public Health Agency of Canada's guidelines on risk assessments for mass gatherings, which specifically highlights increased risk for events that involve older adult populations. As researchers in the field of aging, we feel that holding a gathering where older adults typically attend would create unnecessary risk to the health and well-being of attendees, and we do not want to hold a SoAR event where our community partners are not engaged. We will continue to monitor developments and provide updated event details as they become available.

Thank-you for your understanding, and if you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We hope to SoAR with you soon!

Poster preparation workshop - Cancelled

We are sorry to announce that we have decided to cancel the Poster Presentation Design & Delivery workshop. Thank you for your interest, we hope to hold the event next year! 

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Highlights of SoAR

  • A wide variety of student research presented in various formats
  • Relevant keynote speakers
  • Networking with fellow students, faculty, and community members
  • Awards for best poster and oral presentations
  • Door prizes
  • Free lunch included with registration

Mission statement

SoAR is an annual one-day meeting that strives to bring together students, faculty, and community members from across disciplines and with a variety of interests to present, dialogue, and learn about current research related to aging. The broad reach of SoAR seeks to support the development of meaningful trans-disciplinary partnerships and to extend knowledge dissemination efforts both within the academic environment and in the community. 


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

  • Disseminate aging research to fellow students, faculty, research partners, and senior community members
  • Establish opportunities for new inter-professional collaboration with students, faculty, and senior community members
  • Promote and showcase aging research at the University of Waterloo

Student presentations

The aim of SoAR is to provide valuable conference experience for students at any stage of your research, offering a friendly and safe environment to practice your presentation skills. Student presenters of all skill levels are welcome!

All student research with a focus on aging, from any discipline, is eligible for consideration. Partial results and proposals are encouraged. 


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    Partners & affiliations

    Seniors Helping as Research Partners (SHARP)

    Network for Aging Research (NAR)

    Research Institute for Aging

    Aging, Health and Well-being (AHWB) collaborative PhD program

    Past events

    Click the links below for highlights of past SoAR events

    SoAR 2019

    SoAR 2018

    SoAR 2017 

    SoAR 2016

    What people are saying about SoAR

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

    -SHARP Member 

     It was so exciting and energising for me to hear about all the strong student research being conducted focused on aging and later life here at the University of Waterloo. All the students I talked to at the forum spoke about how pleased they were to be involved and how much they appreciated the opportunity to meet other students and faculty from across campus interested in aging.

    – AHS Faculty Member

     SoAR brought people together from across the University of Waterloo to discuss aging. Very interesting and very enjoyable!"

    – SHARP member

    I was welcomed to invite one of the older adults from a research project with me who was living with young onset dementia; through this symposium we were given the opportunity to give a presentation together, and co-present our poster during the poster session. This was a rewarding experience for both him, and myself.

    – UW Masters Student

    SoAR has proven itself as an event that not only showcases current aging research at the University of Waterloo, but also one that heightens awareness on potential areas for future research, and connects those with similar interests in service and teaching. Past attendees have seen this event as an opportunity to bring together diverse groups from across the University of Waterloo who are passionate and dedicated about aging research.

    We look forward to continuing to engage with these communities, learning from one another and maximizing on our abilities and experiences to improve the ways in which knowledge is created and shared.