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 ethics@uwo.ca to set up a group, or one-on-one, appointment.

Research Ethics Training Sessions

Mandatory Training for Human Research

Western Research has launched a new 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.


Western University

STEP 1: Complete Training

Please complete ONE of the following forms of training:

TCPS CORE Tutorial (Affiliation: "Western University")

CITI - Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (Affiliation: "University of Western Ontario N2” Course: "Social and Behavioural Research Course – Canada")

CITI - Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (Affiliation: "University of Western Ontario N2” Course: "The Biomedical Research Ethics Tutorial – Canada”)

Affiliated Hospitals

STEP 1: Complete Training

Please complete ONE of the following forms of training:

TCPS CORE Tutorial (Affiliation: "Western University” or “Lawson Health Research Institute")

CITI - Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (Affiliation: "University of Western Ontario N2” or "Lawson Health Research Institute (N2)” Course: "Social and Behavioural Research Course – Canada")

CITI - Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (Affiliation: "University of Western Ontario N2” or "Lawson Health Research Institute (N2)” Course: "The Biomedical Research Ethics Tutorial – Canada”)

STEP 2: Submit certificate

If you have a .uwo email account, upload your certificate here.You must be logged into OWL before clicking this link.

STEP 2: Submit certificate

If you are at one of the hospitals and do not have a .uwo email account, submit your certificate here.



If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to  Grace Kelly , Manager, Research Compliance Programs & Education

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 and basic navigation through the system. This session will not deal with ethics-related questions or contents of the forms. Please ensure if you are attending our online sessions that you have headphones or speakers to hear the audio portions of the session.   


  • Friday, September 24, 2021, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. | Online | Please click HERE to join this session
  • Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Online | Please click HERE to join this session
  • Thursday, November 25, 2021, 10:00a.m.-11:30a.m. | Online | Please click HERE to join this session

Resources and Presentation Materials