SPPH Exchange

Registration is now open – click here to register.

Ethics in the Era of Big Data

March 23rd, 2018
1:00 – 6:00 pm

The day will commence with a series of participatory workshops and a keynote speech.

The Exchange will finish with a student social and poster session which will offer all SPPH students and alumni the opportunity to showcase and receive feedback on any practicum or research work (proposed, in progress or completed). Posters submitted previously to other conferences are eligible. Expert faculty members and external reviewers, including members of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, will be present to provide feedback to students. Submissions are strongly encouraged – submit via the registration link above. A number of small prizes for the best posters will be awarded on the day.

Poster submission deadline: March 9th

All SPPH and interdisciplinary students, alumni, faculty, and affiliates are invited to attend the SPPH Exchange.

Keynote speech:

Diego S. Silva
‘Who’s Afraid of the Big (Bad) Data? Ethical and Political Considerations’

Keynote Speaker
Diego S. Silva, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University;

Diego joined the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University in September 2015 as Assistant Professor specializing in bioethics and public health ethics. He completed his PhD at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and his MA in philosophy, both at University of Toronto. Prior to his appointment at SFU, Diego was a Scientist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health (CRICH) at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and was also a Research Fellow at the Hannover Medical School in Hannover, Germany. In 2017, he helped write and was a co-lead editor of the World Health Organization’s Ethics Guidance for the Implementation of the End TB Strategy. Diego’s main research currently focuses on ethical and political challenges related to infectious diseases, particularly tuberculosis.


Schedule of Events

Time Event Venue
12:00-1:00 Registration SPPH Lobby
1:00-2:00 Keynote Speech
Who’s Afraid of the Big (Bad) Data? Ethical and Political Considerations
2:00-2:30 Coffee and tea break SPPH Lobby
2:30-4:00 Workshops

Presenter: Mieke Koehoorn, Professor, SPPH
Travis Salway, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Panelists: Kimberlyn McGrail, Associate Professor, SPPH

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4:00-4:30 Break SPPH Lobby
4:00-6:00 Social and Poster Session SPPH Lobby
6:00-8:00 Post-Exchange social Koerner’s Pub


This event is sponsored by The W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, the Graduate Student Society (GSS) and hosted by The Association of Population and Public Health Students (TAPPHS). It will serve as a networking opportunity to connect previous and current population and public health students, professionals, and SPPH faculty members. Afternoon tea, wine and cheese, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages will be complimentary but pre-registration is essential.

For more information, please contact tapphs.ubc@gmail.com.