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 2018 Canadian Obesity Student Meeting (COSM) Conference Hosts – Summer 2018

CALL FOR PROPOSALS 

The Canadian Obesity Network is holding its 6th Canadian Obesity Student Meeting, known as COSM. The meeting will not only highlight important advances in obesity research but will also provide important opportunities for new professionals and trainees from across Canada to present findings and network with their peers. 

The event will host 200 fellow young researchers and health professionals for three-four days of learning, networking and sharing information on all aspects of obesity. This multidisciplinary conference would be organized by the local CON-SNP chapter with guidance and support from the Canadian Obesity Network (www.obesitynetwork.ca). The presentations and discussions will range from cellular and molecular biology to childhood obesity, primary intervention, and population health. However, the primary purpose of this meeting is to enhance student growth and development. Organized by students, for students, this conference will give trainees the opportunity to showcase their work. Participants will come from across Canada, the USA and overseas. Open to 200 MSc/PhD students, young researchers, clinical fellows, clinical researchers and young health professionals in their last, or within five years of, completing their training. 

This conference is an excellent opportunity for your university to showcase your researchers in the field of obesity who will also be involved as student mentors in different activities throughout the meeting. Furthermore, this will be an ideal opportunity for the recruitment of high quality PhD as well as postdoctoral students and fellows. 

We are inviting submissions from CON-SNP (Canadian Obesity Network-Student and New Professional) Chapters and their respective universities to host this important national meeting.
 
Proposals should include:
•    A letter(s) from the students/faculty who are willing to be key members of the planning committee with suggestions for low-cost on-campus housing for accommodation of the students, appropriate meeting space & AV, and catering options
•    Letter(s) of support from faculty advisors & letter(s) of support from your university (e.g. including financial or in kind support to assist with the costs of hosting, for example, access to low cost residence rooms for accommodation, low or no meeting room fees with in-house AV included, access to low cost meal options in cafeterias etc.)

Proposals must be submitted by email to con.snp@gmail.com as a .doc, .rft or .pdf attachment as soon as possible but no later than Friday June 30, 2017. 

For more information or to request the proposal in an alternate format contact: 
Nicole MacLeod, macleod@obesitynetwork.ca, OR Eva Pila/Corrie Vincent, CON-SNP National Exec Co-chairs, con.snp@gmail.com Canadian Obesity Network  c/o 2-126 Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research and Innovation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E1, Tel: 780-492-8361 

Frequently asked questions:

Q: What kind of support can a chapter expect from the CON head office?

A: The CON will help apply for grants, help administer and support the budget/finances of the meeting, provide adminstrative support, be an active member of the organizing/planning committee, and provide a web page design for the conference with registration and abstract submission functionality (if required). We can also help with graphic design for the program and additional assistance can be provided where necessary.

Q: Why should our university host a COSM?

A: This conference is an excellent opportunity for your university to showcase your researchers (faculty and students) in the field of obesity. The organizing commitee will also be involved as mentors in different activities throughout the meeting. Furthermore, this will be an ideal opportunity for the recruitment of high quality PhD as well as postdoctoral students and fellows. It is also a great opportunity to gain experience in organizing a National conference - looks great on a CV!

Q: Do you have programs from the previous meetings?

A: Yes -please see the downloadable programs below

Q: What kind of budget/how big of a budget would we need?

A: A sample budget is available for download below

 

Click HERE to download a printable version of this Call for Host.

Click HERE to download a copy of a previous COSM program.

Click HERE to download a copy of a sample budget.