Do you have additional questions about Gairdner High School Symposium? Check out the FAQs below or contact researchevents@phsa.ca

Can I attend this event in-person without a COVID-19 vaccination? Or if I have only one of three vaccinations? 

No, a proof of vaccination is required to access events organized on the BC Children's Hospital campus. 

Participants will be required to show organizers a valid vaccine passport and government photo ID. Your safety and the safety of our community is our first priority! 

I want to double my chances of being selected. Can I register as an In-Person and On-Demand participant?

Unfortunately, no. Each student may only register once. During registration, you will need to indicate your preferred method of participating: In-Person OR Virtually.

The Gairdner High School Symposium is a popular program. With limited capacity we frequently receive more registration requests than we can accommodate. To keep things fair and unbiased for all students, participants will be selected based on a lottery draw. All eligible participants who registered will have an equal chance of attending. 

I've been selected to participate but I'm now unable to attend. What should I do?

If you're unable to attend, please email us at researchevents@phsa.ca as soon as possible so we can offer the space to someone on the waitlist. 

If I'm attending in-person, what should I bring with me?

Participants will be required to have a valid vaccine passport and government photo ID when attending in-person. If you're interested in taking notes, a notebook and pen is recommended. 

Can teachers attend?

Teacher are welcome, but not required, to attend. Teachers interested in registering should contact researchevents@phsa.ca directly. 

Can the Gairdner High School Symposium hours be counted towards my work experience requirements?

The Gairdner High School Symposium could be classified as an unpaid career-related work experience that includes career investigation. Some schools will consider the hours spent attending (either In-Person or Virtually Live) as being eligible for your work experience hours. We encourage students to verify this with your school or career counsellor. 

The event organizing team cannot sign any Work Education Agreements, Work Experience Placement Forms or any similar forms/contracts on the day-of. Forms can be sent to researchevents@phsa.ca for electronic signature before or after the event. 

We realize various school districts have different requirements for tracking hours. Unfortunately, the following cannot be provided: 

  • Onsite safety orientation, including a training plan or safety checklist. This should be covered in school
  • Letter of reference verifying student participation or duties performed. An electronic certificate of participation will be issued 
  • Employer or student assessment/evaluation
I wasn't selected to attend from the lottery draw. Can I be added to the waitlist?

Students who registered and weren't initially selected to attend will automatically be added to the waitlist. The event organizers will contact you directly if space becomes available. 

To be added to the waitlist after the initial registration period, contact researchevents@phsa.ca. Please note, this event is a very popular program with limited capacity each year. It is unlikely additional space will become available. 

For those who are unable to attend, check out our video library to explore previously recorded lectures on a variety of health topics. 

Can students younger than grades 10-12 attend?

No, the curriculum has been designed for a senior high school audience and space is limited.

We encourage those in younger grades to check out our video library to explore previously recorded lectures on a variety of health topics.  

If I attended previously, can I register again?

Yes, assuming you continue to meet all the eligibility requirements you can register again. 

To keep things fair and unbiased for all students, participants will be selected based on a lottery draw. All eligible participants who register have an equal chance of attending.