Events & Workshops

Find details on information sessions and workshops on Tri-Council grant opportunities, as well as upcoming research conferences.

SPARC offers a variety of research-related workshops throughout the year to new and experienced faculty members at UBC. Their workshop schedule is organized by grant competition. Check out their annual workshop schedule:

Upcoming Events:

2016 CARA National Conference

Date: May 1-4, 2016
Location: Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, BC


Note: The Westin Bayshore is fully booked for the duration of the CARA conference. Please consider booking with other nearby hotels that may have availability.



NSERC CREATE Information Session

Webinar information sessions will be held in preparation for the upcoming CREATE competition. Two sessions will be held.

French session
Date: 1-3 pm, Friday, January 29, 2016

English session
Date: 1-3 pm, Monday, February 1, 2016




NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants for Projects Workshop

All UBC researchers intending to apply for the 2016 competition is encouraged to attend the workshop organized by the SPARC Office. The manager of Research Partnerships, Monica Michalska, will be presenting and answering questions from potential researchers.

Registration for the event is required under the SPARC announcement webpage.

Date: 1-3 pm, Monday, January 25, 2016

SPARC will also be managing an Internal Review Process for applications to the NSERC SPG program. Please advise the SPARC office and hand in a draft of your SPG application by Friday, February 12, 2016 in order to obtain an expert internal review. Detailed reviews of draft SPG applications occur on a first-come, first served basis. Contact David Woods at




CARA West 2015 Regional Conference

CARA West is an annual forum in which research administrative professionals can exchange ideas and discuss the common issues they face within their expertise. There will also be opportunities for research professionals to learn from the experience of their peers through scheduled presentations.

Date: 5pm Thursday, December 3, 2015 to 12pm Saturday, December 5, 2015
Location: Prince George Civic Centre on the Prince George campus

Early-bird Registration Deadline: October 19, 2015
Final Registration Deadline: November 19, 2015

Conference website with link to registration can be found here.


ARMA 25th Anniversary Celebrations

ARMA announces a series of regional Symposia in honour of their 25th anniversary. All Symposia will focus on regional priorities and the dissemination of best practice techniques. The events will also allow ARMA members to meet and network with various research managers and administrators working within their region.


Regional Symposium – Bristol
When: November 23, 2015
Where: UWE Bristol Exhibition and Conference Centre (ECC)
Please visit link for more information.

Regional Symposium – Edinburgh
When: December 1, 2015
Where: Queen Margaret University
Please visit link for more information.

Regional Symposium – Cardiff
When: December 16, 2015
Where: Postgraduate Teaching Centre, Cardiff Business School
Please visit link for more information.

Regional Symposium – Newcastle
When: January 26, 2015
Where: Research Beehive, Newcastle University
Please visit link for more information.

Regional Symposium – Belfast
When: February 2, 2016
Where: Queens University Belfast
Please visit link for more information.