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The Canadian Obesity Student Meeting (COSM)

Every two years, CON-SNP organizes a student-run conference called the Canadian Obesity Student Meeting which attracts over 200 students and new professionals across the country to come present their research findings through oral and poster presentations and network with fellow trainees from across the country. This is an exceptional professional development opportunity for students to learn how to organize a conference, compile a scientific program, organize events and network with experts in the field of obesity. In 2008, the 1st Canadian Obesity Student Meeting was held at Universite Laval. Following meetings were held at the University of Ottawa, University of Alberta, University of Waterloo, and with the International Congress on Obesity in Vancouver. In 2018 the University of Western Ontario is pleased to host COSM!
Click here for more information on COSM!

National Events

Infographic Design Competition 2017 

Submit an infographic that highlights a topic with the Canadian Obesity Network's vision and mission. Winners get free registration to the 2018 Canadian Obesity Student Meeting and full bragging rights! This competition is open to all Students and New Professionals (within 5 years of graduating). Submission deadline is Monday November 20, 2017 by 11:59pm ET. 

Find the full guidelines here!


March 12-18, 2018: The CON-SNP Pedometer Challenge 

What is the Pedometer Challenge?

The Pedometer Challenge is a one-week long event, which aims to promote physical activity, networking, and of course some friendly competition between the CON-SNP chapters across Canada. The challenge will involve all interested chapters to recruit participants to track their steps (via pedometer, smartphone app, etc.) for 7 consecutive days. At the end of the week, the National Pedometer Challenge Organizing Committee will tally all chapter step counts and announce the winning CON-SNP and CON local teams. This is a great way to promote physical activity to your chapter and members of your university community to get them active this spring. Let’s see which team will accumulate the most steps! Please contact conpedchallenge@obesitynetwork.ca if you have any questions, concerns, or issues getting started in this challenge.

Click here to download the pdf guide!

Click here to download the pdf guide in French!

Click here to register your team.

Click here to access the submission form for your team's daily step counts.

Click here to download the EXCEL step tracking form for your team (to upload to the submission form.


The CON-SNP Research Blitz

What is a research blitz?

A competition open to graduate and undergraduate students in which students present their proposed research, completed research, or research concept. 1 minute, 1 slide, no animations or electronic media but creativity and props are encouraged! Both undergraduate and graduate students have won in the past!

The top presenters will go on to compete against other regional blitz winners at the inter-university finals held at the Canadian Obesity Student Meeting at Western University on June 22, 2018.

Use the materials below to coordinate your very own research blitz at your local chapter.

Contact con.snp@gmail.com as soon as possible to let us know if you will be joining us at the finals or if you have any questions about planning your own research blitz at your local chapter. Spaces will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a maximum of 20 participants.

If you do NOT have a local chapter BUT would like to participate enter your information HERE.

  • Download the Research Blitz Application Form here
  • Download the Research Blitz Judging Criteria Form here
  • Download a customizable Research Blitz poster (for advertising on YOUR campus) here.

The CON Annual Obesity Summer School (formerly known as Boot Camp)

The Obesity Summer School consists of nine days of intensive teaching and networking, offered to Canadian and international obesity researchers and new professionals. New professionals include individuals in their last year, or within five years of, completing their MSc/PhD training. The program is also open to health practitioners and/or clinician scientists such as physicians, dietitians, and exercise specialists.

More information available on the boot camp on the Summer School webpage.