Get involved with the SPPH Exchange

The School of Population and Public Health Exchange is fast approaching on March 3rd.

Sponsored by W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics (CAE) and the Graduate Student Society, and organized by The Association for Population and Public Health Students (TAPPHS), the Exchange features a keynote speech by Canada Research Chair in Health, Ecosystems and Society Dr. Margot Parkes, as well as three workshops with expert panelists covering key public health themes and issues. It will finish with a poster and social session, with refreshments provided.


The TAPPHS organizing team. From left: Kimberly, Javiera, Molly, Prateek, and Angela.

TAPPHS co-organizer Jessica Yu and CAE director Susan Cox say the event provides opportunities for students, faculty and alumni. Here’s why you should get involved in this year’s Exchange.

Why take part in the Exchange?

JY: The Exchange gives students the opportunity to practice their presentations before heading to bigger conferences later in the year, and get feedback on their research. There will be journal editors and expert faculty members present to give advice in a low pressure environment. It’s also a good way to get to know each other’s work better – it’s almost like an appreciation day for students and our studies.

SC: It’s great to hear more of what our students are doing. It also gives our alumni the opportunity to network, and stay in touch with what is happening at the School. They can also serve in a bit of a mentorship role for current students.

“We’ve got some wonderful students, it’s great to get out there and support them, listen to what they’re saying and encourage them.”
CAE director Susan Cox

Jessica Yu

TAPPHS co-organizer and PhD student Jessica Yu.

What is different about this year’s event?

JY: We’ve taken feedback from last year’s very successful event and incorporated it into this year’s Exchange. The workshops are different, covering important public health topics such as Indigenous and environmental health, and so is the keynote speech, ‘Wicked Problems and the Integration Imperative: Reflections on why integrating knowledge to address complex issues can be so hard, and why we should do it anyway.’ This is a student-organized event, so we have personal experience of what students would enjoy in a conference.

Who should submit a poster?

JY: Anyone! We are accepting proposed, in progress, and completed research, as well as posters about practicums, or any research.

“If you’re looking for feedback about your work, this is the environment for it.”
Exchange co-organizer Jessica Yu

As a judge last year, what are your top tips for a winning poster?

SC: It needs to be eye-catching and bold, with a hook that secures your interest. The structure of the poster should be clear and make sense, and there should be some visual elements so that there isn’t a wall of text.


Previous Exchange poster winner Javiera.

What are you looking forward to?

SC: Dr. Margot Parkes’ keynote – she is a delightful, energetic and interesting scholar. I’m also looking forward to seeing the poster competition again.

JY: Our team had envisioned for this event to be a networking opportunity for both current and past SPPH students and faculty – I’m looking forward to see them all come together on this day. I’m also excited that SPPH will be able to host expert speakers, panelists, and judges from a range of different fields, which was brought together after consulting our different networks. From Margot’s ‘Wicked’ presentation to the student poster awards – it should be a fun day!

The Exchange submission deadline for posters is this Friday 17th February. Click here to create an account and submit.

The Exchange will be held on March 3rd from 1pm in the SPPH Lobby. Click here to create an account and register.

Click here to return to the News main page