Workshops and Seminars

The human research ethics team offers a wide variety of workshops and seminars that are focused towards the needs of specific groups or individuals. Typical workshops include training for those new to the ethics review process, ethics submission process or those who may be having difficulty with the ethics approval process. Please contact to set up a group, or one-on-one, appointment.

Research Ethics Training Sessions

Mandatory Training for Human Research

Western Research has launched a mandatory human participant research training initiative that will support Western’s ongoing commitment to produce research that is high in quality and integrity, while maintaining the protection of research participants.

As of January 1, 2021, all study team members, including faculty, librarians, archivists, students, postdoctoral scholars, and staff listed on a human participant research project submitted to one of Western’s Research Ethics Boards (REBs), or up for annual renewal, must complete human participant research training.

For NEW submissions: No study-related activities can take place until all study team members have completed training, even if a Research Ethics Board approval notice has been issued for your study.

Please complete ONE of the following training options:


If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Karen Gopaul, Manager, Quality Assurance and Programs

Introduction to Ethics and to WesternREM

  • This seminar is open to all faculty and student researchers at Western and its affiliated hospitals. The session covers basic information you need to know about the WesternREM system, get started on your application and manage correspondence with the human research ethics team. This session will also deal with post-approval events, what they are and how to submit each one.
  • In Person: Contact our office to set up a customized presentation designed for your specific interests/needs. This seminar will cover material relevant to your research group(s) and offer an opportunity to meet with an ethics officer to answer any questions attendees may have.
  • Online: This video discusses key information to acquaint new graduate students and research staff with the human research ethics team. It discusses our purpose, guidelines, online application system (WREM), and tips for success. It provides information that will save you time in the long run. You will learn where to look for further information and how to get started with your first application.

WesternREM: What is WesternREM and How to Use it (WREM 101)

WesternREM is the online application system used by the human research ethics team to manage ethics protocols. This session covers how to access WesternREM, basic navigation through the system & some tips and tricks when using the system. This session will not deal with ethics-related questions or contents of the forms.   

  • Friday, May 17, 2024, 10:30a.m.-12:00p.m. | Online | Please click HERE to register for this session
  • Thursday, June 20, 2024, 1:00p.m.-2:30p.m. | Online | Please click HERE to register for this session
  • Wednesday, July 17, 2024, 10:00a.m.-11:30a.m. | Online | Please click HERE to register for this session
  • Monday, August 19, 2024, 2:00p.m.-3:30p.m. | Online | Please click HERE to register for this session

Resources and Presentation Materials