Workshops and Seminars

The human research ethics team offers a wide variety of workshops and seminars that are focused towards the needs of specific groups or individuals. Typical workshops include training for those new to the ethics review process, ethics submission process or those who may be having difficulty with the ethics approval process. Please contact to set up a group, or one-on-one, appointment.

Research Ethics Training Sessions

Mandatory Training for Human Research

Western Research has launched a new mandatory human participant research training initiative that will support Western’s ongoing commitment to produce research that is high in quality and integrity, while maintaining the protection of research participants.

All research team members, including faculty, librarians, archivists, students, postdoctoral scholars and staff listed on research proposals submitted to the human research ethics boards must provide evidence of completion of human research ethics training.

Please click the appropriate link below to access training or confirm certification.

Deadline for NEW research projects
  • All students listed on a new research project submitted to the human research ethics boards after October 1, 2020 must confirm completion of training by the time of submission.
  • All faculty, librarians, archivists, staff and postdoctoral scholars listed on a new research project submitted to the human research ethics boards after January 1, 2021 must confirm completion of training by the time of submission.

Deadline for EXISTING research projects

  • All students, faculty, librarians, archivists, postdoctoral scholars and staff on existing research projects must confirm completion of training by the time of submission of their Continuing Ethics Review (CER) between January 1-December 31, 2021.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Grace Kelly, Manager, Research Compliance Programs & Education

Introduction to Ethics and to WesternREM

  • This seminar is open to all faculty and student researchers at Western and its affiliated hospitals. The session covers basic information you need to know about the WesternREM system, get started on your application and manage correspondence with the human research ethics team. This session will also deal with post-approval events, what they are and how to submit each one.
  • In Person: Contact our office to set up a customized presentation designed for your specific interests/needs. This seminar will cover material relevant to your research group(s) and offer an opportunity to meet with an ethics officer to answer any questions attendees may have.
  • Online: This video discusses key information to acquaint new graduate students and research staff with the human research ethics team. It discusses our purpose, guidelines, online application system (WREM), and tips for success. It provides information that will save you time in the long run. You will learn where to look for further information and how to get started with your first application.

WesternREM: What is WesternREM and How to Use it (WREM 101)

WesternREM is the online application system used by the human research ethics team to manage ethics protocols. This session covers how to access WesternREM and basic navigation through the system. This session will not deal with ethics-related questions or contents of the forms. Please ensure if you are attending our online sessions that you have headphones or speakers to hear the audio portions of the session.  The Session room will open 10 minutes prior to the start time of the online sessions.  

  • Thursday, November 26, 2020, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. | Online | Please click HERE to join this session
  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Online | Please click HERE to join this session
  • Monday, December 21, 2020, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. | Online | Please click HERE to join this session

Educational Session

Title: Remote Consent: Ethics and Practicalities

Date: December 11, 2020 11am-12pm via Zoom

RSVP: Please email to register.

This live online seminar will go over considerations for remote consent.  This reflects instances where the participant and/or substitute decision maker and research team are not in the same location at the time of consent.  One aspect of remote consent is eConsent which will be discussed in general as well as in the context of using Qualtrics to document consent.  Please bring your questions!

Resources and Presentation Materials