Public Seminars & Symposia

Public Symposia

The Faculty offers free public events aimed at addressing current – and sometimes controversial – topics in sport, physical activity, and health. We encourage members of the public, journalists, experts and colleagues to attend and engage in these thought-provoking discussions.

Following is a list of past symposia. Complete descriptions and video summaries are available by clicking on each title.

Group of 4 people on stage in discussion at symposium

"Optimizing Nutrition Through Exercise" (March 2019)

Mobilizing Change Panelists Speaking

"Mobilizing Change" (March 2018)

panelists speak during the Q&A

"Ex/Cancer: The Benefits of Exercise After a Cancer Diagnosis" (April 2017)

Sport, Sex and Identity

Sport, Sex and Identity” (April 2016)

From good to gold

From good to gold: Science and technology in high performance sport” (May 2015)

Mind matters

"Mind Matters: From concussion to recovery" (May 2014)

Extreme environments

"Extreme Environments, Extraordinary Feats: How far can we push ourselves?" (December 2013)

The Heights of Human Performance

“The Heights of Human Performance: The Symbiosis of Brain and Body” (May 2013)

What happened to walking

"What Happened to Walking? Encouraging Active School Travel in Toronto" (December 2012)

The Olympic athlete

“The Olympic Athlete: What it Takes to Get to the Games” (April 2012)

The best medicine

"Physical Activity: The Best Medicine?" (December 2011)

Game misconduct

Game Misconduct: Violence, Abuse and Young Athletes” (May 2011)

Graduate Seminars

The Faculty welcomes students, faculty, staff, fellow researchers and interested members of the public to attend our Monday afternoon research series seminars. These hour-long lectures are held throughout the academic year.


Seminars run from 4:10 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Benson Building, Room 307, 55 Harbord St.

Please refer to the Events Calendar for details and filter the listing by "Lecture/Symposium" event type.

For more information, please contact Kristina Ognjanovic at