Back to top

Canadian Research Data Centre Network National Conference 2011 - Coming of Age: The Policy Impact of an Aging Population

Edmonton, Alberta
October 3-5, 2011

Sutton Place Hotel, Edmonton, Alberta

October 3 (Preconference), October 4-5 (Conference)

Abstract Deadline Extended to May 30

There is still time to submit your abstract for the RDC Conference.  Oral, poster or symposium presentations on quantitative studies 
related to aging are encouraged.   See our website for details on preparing the abstracts.  A modest number of student travel bursaries for students presenting papers or posters have just been announced.  See below. Students must apply for these bursaries. We encourage you to submit an abstract!

Student Travel Bursaries Announced

In addition to the reduced rates for registration for students, a  modest number of student travel bursaries will be awarded to students 
registering for the pre- conference microsimulation modeling workshop with Martin Spielauer or presenting an accepted oral or poster 
presentation at the conference.  The application for these bursaries is on the website and is due June 20th . Decisions will be made by July 15th.

Register Early for Pre-Conference Research Skills Training Workshops

Three concurrent pre-conference training workshops will be held on October 3, prior to the main conference. These offer unique 
opportunities to build new quantitative skills. These include:

1. Analysis of complex survey data.
This workshop, held at the Sutton Place Hotel, will be offered in two-half day sessions. Persons may register for one or both sessions.
In the morning session Georgia Roberts, Chief of the Data Analysis Resource Centre at Statistics Canada will discuss why it is important to take account of the survey design when analyzing complex survey data.  She will describe how to use the sample weights and bootstrap weights appropriately in analysis and will point out some software that can carry this out.

In the afternoon session, Georgia Roberts will examine the issues that arise when a researcher wishes to combine similar data from more than one survey, and will make suggestions about how to proceed.

2. Microsimulation. This workshop, held on the University of Alberta campus, is a full day workshop. Martin Spielauer, member of Statistics Canada’s Modeling Division, will provide an introduction to Life Paths and other microsimulation models developed at Statistics Canada. He will provide a general description of the Modgen modeling technology and will provide examples of how microsimulation can be used in research and policy development.  This workshop is limited to 30 persons.  Student travel bursaries are available to attend this workshop.

3.  New Data Strategies Coming on Stream in Aging. This workshop, held at the Sutton Place hotel, is a half-day workshop.  There is no charge for this workshop, but YOU MUST REGISTER. Come and find out what the future holds in terms of innovative data developments and how that will enhance your opportunities for research.  The session will include presentations on the new Human Resources and Skills Development Canada’s (HRSDC) data strategy, on the data collected for the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging, new Statistics Canada surveys- Canadian Community Health Survey – Healthy Aging and the new Longitudinal Household Panel data, emerging access opportunities to a range of administrative data files including the Canadian Cancer Registry, the Canadian Vital Statistics Database, and some provincial Health Administrative data. The research value of linking administrative and survey data is becoming increasingly evident as the need for data over longer segments of the lives of individuals are being sought to explain life outcomes.  Find out how linked data can be obtained through Statistics Canada and made accessible in a Research Data Centre.

Conference Registration is Now Open

Registration is open for the pre-conference and the conference and may be completed online on the website .  Register early to benefit from the early bird registration rates that continue until July 31.  The full program and plenary speakers will be available on July 1.

Questions may be directed to