Outreach and Events

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2024 Brain Art Competition and Showcase

The Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health Brain Health Research Cluster is hosting their 2nd campus-wide brain art competition and showcase!

The goals are to bridge science and art and encourage creative approaches to visualizing what brain health means.

What type of art? Submissions must be focused on the brain, inspired by research, and original. We are open to “brain health” broadly defined. Submissions may emphasize the whole brain, a favourite brain structure, brain cells, mental health, brain changes over the life span, or the aging brain.

Who can participate? Everyone!
We welcome and encourage submissions from all departments on campus.

Participant categories:
• Undergraduate Students
• Graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and research assistants and staff
• Faculty and university staff

Art categories:
• Images — digital images, drawings, paintings, pictures or sculptures
• Short Text — written poems, parodies or videotaped reading of a short text
• Performance — videotape of someone singing, dancing or sketching

Adjudicators will include both scientists and artists. There will be a gift card
prize for the winner of each category as well as a People’s Choice award!

How to Enter? Entries can be dropped off at Hut R between February 15 and February 29, 2024 or digital entries can be emailed to BrainHealth@uvic.ca. The deadline to submit an entry is February 29, 2024 at 4:00 PM.

**A completed entry form must be included for every entry. Find the entry form here. 

Questions? Please contact us at IALH@uvic.ca or BrainHealth@uvic.ca.  

Café Scientifique: Sharing Best Strategies for Inclusion of Mental Health Patients and Families in Research

This free hybrid event is presented by the Health Services and Systems Research Cluster at the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health.

World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 1 in 8 people worldwide live with a mental illness, which has only increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is increasing evidence of inequitable access to appropriate mental health services for patients with mental health conditions.

To mitigate systemic inequities related to accessing these services, interdisciplinary collaborations with people with lived mental health experiences are needed. Strategies for meaningful inclusion of patients and families living with mental health problems are needed to promote equitable mental health services and support. 

The purpose of this Café Scientifique is to promote meaningful dialogue with members of the public on best practices for Strategies for Patient-Orientated Research (SPOR). Our objectives for this presentation are:

  • Share evidence-based SPOR related to mental health with patients, general public, and scholars.
  • Identify knowledge gaps in mental health related to SPOR.
  • Identify research priorities in mental health research from diverse knowledge users (patients, clinicians, public).

To get a better understanding of the audience, the organizing committee is asking all attendees to fill out this short survey:https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/PWJ57H3 

View the Event Agenda here. 


To attend in person, please register at: 


To attend online via Livestream, please register at: 


People, Place and The Planet Research Conference

May 2 and 3, 2024

Join the Faculty of Human and Social Development (HSD) and the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health (IALH) for “People, Place and the Planet,” a joint conference on May 2 and 3 at the University of Victoria.

Researchers, trainees and professionals and service providers from all disciplines and backgrounds are invited to submit proposals on topics relevant to the broad conference theme.

The deadline to submit proposals online is March 4.

“People, Place and the Planet” draws on UVic’s strategic plan, which calls on us all to work together to create a healthier and more resilient future that upholds the wellbeing of our region and of all life on our planet.

Speakers and registration will be announced soon. 

2023 Self-Management British Columbia Greater Victoria Workshops

Self-Management BC is excited to offer in-person sessions again! Put life back into your life.  

Free 6-Session workshops for adults with any ongoing health conditions

  • Learn techniques to better manage your health
  • Set goals and problem solve
  • Communicate more effectively with your family,friends, and health care team
  • Deal with stress and difficult emotions
  • Take action and live a healthier life
  • Family members and friends welcome!

In addition to our 6-week Self-Management Workshops, we offer the following:

  • Self-Management Health Coach Program: This is a one-on-one telephone-based coaching program to support people living with chronic conditions to become better self-managers. Each individual is paired with a coach and receives a weekly, 30-minute phone call for a period of 3 months. Coaches are volunteers who may be living with chronic health conditions, and are passionate to help others to achieve wellness. For more information, please visit: selfmanagementbc.ca/healthcoachprogram
  • Better Choices, Better Health® Online Program: This workshop takes place entirely online. Participants can participate using any computer with an Internet connection, even a dial-up connection. With up to 25 people in each workshop group, interactive sessions are posted each week for six weeks. Participants log on at their convenience two or three times a week for a total of about two hours a week. Participants can remain anonymous and everything takes place on a dedicated, secure website. Participants set their own goals and make a step-by-step action plan to help them feel better and achieve their goals. 

See the schedule of workshops happening for Winter 2024.

To see workshop schedules in other regions of British Columbia, visit https://www.selfmanagementbc.ca/CommunityPrograms 

Many programs can be done online, by telephone, or independently. For more information please visit www.selfmanagementbc.ca or call TOLL FREE: 1-866-902-3767