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 ethics@uwo.ca 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.

As of January 1, 2021, 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 prior to beginning their research.


Western University

Complete Training

Please complete ONE of the following forms of training:

TCPS CORE Tutorial (Affiliation: "Western University")

CITI - Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (Affiliation: "University of Western Ontario N2” Course: "Social and Behavioural Research Course – Canada")

CITI - Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (Affiliation: "University of Western Ontario N2” Course: "The Biomedical Research Ethics Tutorial – Canada”)

Affiliated Hospitals

Complete Training

Please complete ONE of the following forms of training:

TCPS CORE Tutorial (Affiliation: "Western University” or “Lawson Health Research Institute")

CITI - Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (Affiliation: "University of Western Ontario N2” or "Lawson Health Research Institute (N2)” Course: "Social and Behavioural Research Course – Canada")

CITI - Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (Affiliation: "University of Western Ontario N2” or "Lawson Health Research Institute (N2)” Course: "The Biomedical Research Ethics Tutorial – Canada”)

Submit certificate

Once you have completed ONE of the training options above (or if you have previously completed one of these), please upload your certificate into the Human Research Ethics Training site in OWL. Further instructions on how to upload can be found on the OWL site in the “Instructions” tab.

Submit certificate

Once you have completed ONE of the training options above (or if you have previously completed one of these), please send your certificate to me as a PDF by email.


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, June 24, 2021, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Online | Please click HERE to join this session
  • Monday, July 12, 2021, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Online | Please click HERE to join this session
  • Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. | Online | Please click HERE to join this session
  • Friday, September 24, 2021, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. | Online | Please click HERE to join this session

Resources and Presentation Materials