2023 FSW Research Symposium

Annual Research Symposium

 March 7-8 & March 14-15, 2023

Transformative Social Work: Addressing Critical Issues of Our Time

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Preliminary Schedule

all times MST

March 7

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Virtual Panel

March 8

8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Welcome and Keynote Presentation – Lana Wells
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Virtual Panels
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch in Calgary (by RSVP)
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Posters/Presentations in Calgary (face to face)

March 14

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Virtual Panel

March 15

8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Welcome and Virtual Panels
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Virtual Keynote Presentation – Dr. Caroline Tait
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch in Edmonton (by RSVP)
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Posters/Presentations in Edmonton (face to face)

This year our research symposium will run over four days in March, featuring a mix of online and in-person presentations in Calgary and Edmonton.

Our annual symposium is focused on timely, impactful research conducted by faculty members, students and community partners. We also look to foster new connections for future research. The theme for our 14th annual symposium is, Transformative Social Work: Addressing Critical Issues Of Our Time.

Interested in participating? You can register below. You're also encouraged to submit poster proposals.

Meet Our Keynote Presenters!

 Lana Wells

Keynote - Lana Wells

Lana Wells, BA (Hons) ’94, BSW’96, MSW’97, is an internationally recognized expert on domestic violence prevention, whose ability to work across disciplines, translate knowledge into action, and advocate for change has made her an invaluable contributor. As an associate professor in the Faculty of Social Work and the Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Wells founded and leads a primary prevention research hub called Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence and in 2022, co-founded Shift to Learn an online prevention platform that is focused on building the social conditions that prevent violence before it starts.

Dr. Caroline Tait

Keynote - Dr. Caroline Tait

Dr. Caroline Tait is a medical anthropologist with particular research interests in Indigenous health and social justice. She earned her MA at the University of California (Berkeley), and her PhD at McGill University. She has been a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Fellow at Harvard, and she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University. In 2004, Dr. Tait returned to her home province of Saskatchewan to join the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre—a collaborative initiative involving the First Nations University of Canada, the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Tait will be joining the Faculty of Social Work and the Cumming School of Medicine (Department of Community Health Sciences) at the University of Calgary in January 2023.

Abstracts Deadline

January 9, 2023

Abstract & Submission Guidelines


Online and In-Person


Preliminary Schedule

Printable program

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Thank you for registering for our 2023 Research Symposium!

The symposium runs over four days with a mix of online and in-person sessions. You can attend as few or as many sessions as you're interested in. After you register, you will receive an email with links and more information.

Symposium Dates:

  • March 7: 6 – 8 p.m. (online)
  • March 8: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (online) and 12:30  – 4 p.m. (in person, Calgary)


  • March 14: 6 – 8 p.m. (online) 
  • March 15: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (online) and 12:30 – 4 p.m. (in person, Edmonton)

This event is eligible for ACSW Category A Credits, if it supports your personal career development.

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