CIFAR Forum on the Well-being of the World’s Children

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) is holding a Forum on the Well-being of the World’s Children, November 17-19, 2016 at Canada House in London, England. The Forum will convene a highly multidisciplinary, multi-sectoral group of leading researchers, practitioners, and and public sector participants from universities, NGOs, international organizations, and from the public and private sectors to explore issues related to child well-being, broadly conceived.

Participants will engage in a highly interactive two-day agenda with leaders such as Sir Mark Walport and the Honourable Louise Arbour (Forum Honorary Co-Chairs). The core of the meeting will include both plenary and small group working sessions on a range of issues related to the well-being for the world’s children, including such topics as: inequality and social policy; health system strengthening; education programming, cognitive development; family as a social support; impacts of poverty; disability; trauma and conflict. Through insights gained at the Forum, CIFAR intends to announce a call for a new research program on child well-being.

To facilitate engagement with early career researchers/professionals (within 10 years post PhD), CIFAR will support participation (including travel and accommodation) to a select number of applicants from underrepresented regions.

Applicants with expertise from a variety of areas are encouraged to apply, including (but not limited to) economics, political science, pediatrics, psychology, infectious disease, public policy, neuroscience, law, sociology, anthropology, genetics, and epidemiology. Participants will be drawn from universities, research institutions, NGOs, international organizations, and from the public and private sectors.

To apply, please submit your application to by August 15, 2016. Applicants should submit as attachments (preferably 1):

  • A C.V.
  • A brief bio sketch
  • 1-2 paragraphs outlining how attending the Forum will contribute to your career development

For more information on the Forum, please see the website or email questions to

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