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Past Summer Institutes


The National Collaborating Centres for Public Health successfully held five Summer Institutes. The Summer Institute is an annual event organized either in June or July where public health practitioners, policy makers, researchers and others develop expertise on knowledge synthesis, translation and exchange (KSTE).

Participants have the opportunity to attend conferences from renowned public health experts, learn and exchange knowledge on KSTE during numerous workshops, some organized by the Centres or by partnering organizations.

In 2006, the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health held their first Summer Institute in Toronto, Ontario. This gathering, and the 2007 Summer Institute in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, were held to enable the six newly-established National Collaborating Centres to meet during the summer to network and to learn from one other as we established ourselves within the Canadian public health landscape.

Based on the success of the first two Summer Institutes and due to interest from the larger community, the 2008 Summer Institute in Kelowna, British Columbia, KSTE in Action was opened to more participants to broaden the circle of learning and expertise in knowledge synthesis, translation and exchange (KSTE).

Then in 2009, it was in Mont Ste-Anne, Québec that the 4th Summer Institute was held under the theme Knowledge for a change. With 214 participants from a wide range of practitioners, policy-makers, researchers and others who participated in and led workshops, this entirely bilingual event had the highest attendance so far. Keynotes speakers such as André Picard, Brint Milward, and Jacques Bourgault, just to name a few, offered stimulating sessions on how collaboration, networking, and evaluation are essential tools for achieving better public health.

While the National Collaborating Centres are still hosts and organizers of the Summer Institute, its subject and its aims go beyond the NCCs.

More and more, the research community supports the need for disseminating knowledge that stems from their research in a way that is relevant, and tailored to meet the needs of a broader community of users. Knowledge synthesis, translation and exchange (KSTE) can provide approaches and tools necessary for bridging the knowledge gap between primary health research and the work of front line practitioners as well as policy makers as they provide strategic public health directions.

2006 Summer Institute—Toronto, Ontario

2007 Summer Institute—Baddeck, Nova Scotia
Theme: Making sense of it all
Participants: 82

2008 Summer Institute—Kelowna, British Columbia
Theme: KSTE in Action
Participants: 200

2009 Summer Institute—Mont Ste-Anne, Québec
Theme: Knowledge for a change
Participants: 214
2009 Summer Institute Website
SI 2009 Report

2010 Summer Institute—Winnipeg, Manitoba
Theme: Making Connections for public health practice, policy and research
with the daily themes:
Connecting with Others
Connecting with Evidence
Connecting to Action
Participants: 188
2010 Summer Institute Website