Crash course in Interviewing, Sept 22, 2020

Crash Course in Interviewing , September 22, 2pm-3pm (EDT, online)

Boost your confidence before your interview. We will share our best interview preparation tips and explore the similarities and differences between interviewing virtually and in person. The 30 minute session will be followed by a brief Q&A.

By attending this course, you will be able to:

1) Prepare prior to an interview and know what constitutes post interview etiquette
2) Develop strategies for communicating your skills and experiences in an interview
3) Identify resources for preparing and practicing, to help build your confidence

To register please visit:

Presenting Online, September 2020

Presenting Online, September 14 & 21 (2pm-3pm) or September 19 (10am-12:30pm), online

This is a 2 part workshop series designed to help graduate students increase the impact of their presentations, particularly in online environments. The 2x60 minute workshops are designed to cover the basics of everything from optimizing set-up and transforming visuals to honing content, developing effective engagement strategies and increasing the effectiveness of your voice and body language. 

To registerThis is a two part workshop. You can either register for two 1 hour sessions on Sept 14, 2pm-3pm and Sept 21, 2pm-3pm, or you may register for the longer session on Sept 19 from 10am-12:30pm. 

September 14 and 21 sessions: 

September 19 session:


Building a Resume, September 14, 2020

Building a Resume, Monday, Sept 14 from 5:30pm-6:30pm EDT (Online)

Creating your resume is the first step to getting a non-academic job. Learn exactly what goes into this important document and start preparing for your CREATE internship by sharing important information about your background with our industry and government partners. Sponsored by the CREATE program, this workshop is aimed at graduate trainees who are preparing for a CREATE internship placement. Participants are encouraged to bring along a one-page resume to receive feedback at this one-hour workshop.

To register please email 

Aug 10-11 Symposium: Nonlinear Dynamics of Brain and Behaviour


Registration is closed. 


1:00pm-1:10pm       Opening remarks by Dr. Caroline Palmer 
1:10pm-2:00pm       "Nonlinear Dynamics in Brain Rhythms", Dr. André Longtin, University of Ottawa 
2:00pm-2:10pm       Virtual coffee break
2:10pm-3:00pm        "Career Paths: What's Next for Natural and Life Scientists" panel with former CREATE members Hector Orozco-Perez (Aerial), Dr. Naeem Komeilipoor (AAVAA), Debanjan Borthakur (AIYogi)   
3:00pm-3:20pm        Flash Presentations for Poster Session 1 
3:20pm-3:30pm        Virtual coffee break   
3:30pm-4:45pm        Poster Session 1 
4:45pm-5:00pm        Certificate Presentations to Graduate Awardees


1:00pm-1:05pm       Opening remarks by Dr. Caroline Palmer 
1:05pm-1:55pm        "Startups in the Life Sciences" workshop, Michaela Deneva (Dobson) [FULL]
2:00pm-2:05pm        Virtual coffee break
2:05pm-3:00pm        "Nature and Function of Circadian Clock Genes", Dr. Shimon Amir, Concordia University
3:00pm-3:20pm         Flash presentations for Poster Session 2 
3:20pm-3:30pm         Virtual coffee break
3:30pm-4:45pm        Poster Session 2
4:45pm-5:00pm        Poster Award Presentations to CREATE Trainees

Python for Beginners (online workshop), July 17, 2020

Our partner, Rotman Research Training Centre, is holding a workshop on
Python for beginners on Friday July 17, 11am-2pm. All CREATE trainees are
welcome to attend.

This workshop will give you tools to read in data, calculate descriptive
statistics, find outliers, and plot your data. We will cover the basics
of Python—syntax, types of data, how to control flow using logic and
loops, basic data manipulation and visualization.


Guide to Entrepreneurship (June 11, 2020)

Guide to Entrepreneurship (online workshop)

June 11, 2020, 11am-noon 

Do you have a business idea but don’t know where to start? This webinar will identify different resources available to start-ups, show you how to create a basic business plan, and highlight key documents that are important when starting up a new business. 

CREATE trainees enrolled at any of our partner universities are eligible to register.

Systematic and scoping reviews for Science students

Systematic and scoping reviews for Science students

Tuesday May 19, 2020, 2pm-3:30pm

This 1.5-hour workshop will cover the steps involved in conducting systematic reviews and scoping reviews in the Sciences and Education. It will outline the differences between systematic and scoping reviews, as well as other knowledge syntheses. Participants will learn about protocol development; database selection and search strategies; grey literature; citation management options; documentation best practices; and screening and appraisal tools. All students are welcome; graduate students and postdocs may find this especially of interest.

This workshop will be presented remotely via Zoom. 


Undergraduate Research Skills Workshop (May 7, 1pm-2:30pm)

Research Skills for Life Sciences

May 7, 2020, 1pm-2:30pm

This workshop for undergraduate trainees will focus on library tools of relevance for undergraduate research. Led by library scientist Emily Kingsland from McGill University. 

A link to the remote webcast will be provided via email closer to the workshop date to registered trainees. 

Montreal AI and Neuroscience Workshops (MAIN 2019), Nov 14-15, 2019

CREATE graduate and postdoctoral trainees have the opportunity to attend two training workshops affiliated with the Montreal AI and Neuroscience conference on November 14-15, 2019. CREATE graduate and postdoc trainees can apply to be reimbursed for the following events by completing the webform here. Priority will be given to those trainees holding CREATE stipends.

Educational Workshops: 

$55 for 1 day or $110 for 2 days,


Topic: SKlearn and NILearn

Date: November 14th, 2019, 9am-5pm. Breakfast and registration at 8:30am

Summary: This course will be a hands-on and type-along introduction to machine learning for neuroimaging problems with scikit-learn and nilearn.

Topic: Deep Learning

Date: November 15, 2019, 9am-5pm. Breakfast and registraion at 8:30am

Summary: Deep learning is increasingly used in neuroscience research. This course is an introduction to deep learning geared towards neuroscientists.


Call for Graduate Research Stipends (October 25, 2019)

Research Funding for CREATE Graduate Trainees

We have some funds available for the 2019-2020 academic year to support CREATE graduate trainees' research in nonlinear dynamics. We are offering research stipends in the amount of $8500 each for the period of December 1, 2019-April 30, 2020 to support the research of graduate trainees who have NOT yet received CREATE funds. Applicants include graduate trainees working with a CREATE mentor on research in nonlinear dynamics of brain and behaviour. 

Applicants should complete the application form here: Research Stipends Application

Please submit the application form directly to with a CV and an unofficial transcript from your graduate AND undergraduate institutions. Successful applicants will be responsible for attending 3 professional development workshops and one thematic workshop from a pre-approved list of workshops provided, and to have a secondary supervisor from the CREATE mentor list. Additional workshops that fulfill the requirement will be announced by the CREATE coordinator throughout the year. Applicants will also be required to present a poster on their research at the August 2020 CREATE symposium in Montreal (date TBD).

Applications are due by October 25, 5pm to