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L’édition 2020 a été annulée. Les informations sur cette page vous sont offertes uniquement à titre informatif.

L’édition 2020 de l’École d’été de l’ITBN est offerte en anglais. Le processus d’admission et le formulaire ici-bas sont donc uniquement offerts en anglais.

The 2020 IBTN Summer School is an academic program held over 7 days exploring how to breakthrough current obstacles in behavioural trial methodologies and expand the reach, capacity, and impact of trials in the field of behavioural medicine.

Participants will learn about developing effective behavioural interventions and conducting high-quality trials through interactive workshops and training activities. Central to the program will be participants’ attendance to the concurrent activities of the 2020 IBTN Conference.

Working with internationally renowned experts in innovative clinical trials, behavioural intervention development, and patient-oriented research, students will attend courses and workshops from May 24 to 30, including the conference plenaries, workshops, public lectures, and poster sessions.

The whole summer school program is designed to foster networking opportunities to its participants and will include additional online activities prior to and after the on-site program.

The Summer School has been developed to provide a more introductory level of the variety of topics that are covered and is an excellent opportunity for individuals who have had some experience with developing or testing behavioural interventions, or who see this as something they wish to develop in the future.

The Summer School initiative is offered by the International Behavioural Trials Network (IBTN) through Concordia University with the support of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (CIHR-SPOR) and the Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Societé et culture.

The IBTN Summer School is open to applicants who have been offered admission. Summer School applicants who are offered admission have one (1) week to accept and confirm their attendance to the Summer School.

As the Summer School includes the IBTN conference activities, applicants accepting admission to the Summer School are encouraged to submit a poster abstract to the Conference, but are not required to do so.

Timeline and Deadlines

    • Start of application period: December 2, 2019
    • Application deadline: January 13, 2020, 23h59 EST
    • Notification of admission and fee payment request: February 14, 2020
    • Deadline to confirm acceptance: February 21, 2020, 23h59 EST
    • Deadline to pay fees: March 6, 2020
    • Start of online activities: April 13, 2020
    • End of online activities: June 12th 2020

The application period is now closed. If you are a New Investigator from a lower- and middle-income country and would like to apply for the affiliated IBTN-ISBM LMIC Training Travel Award, applications can be submitted until March 1.

Admission decisions were relayed to applicants on February 18 and 19.

Terms of the Application and Admission Process

Who can attend the Summer School?

The Summer School is open to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and new investigators who want to develop and extend their knowledge about behavioural trials. We encourage graduate students and new investigators from low and middle-income countries (LMIC) to participate at the Summer school (refer to the list of lower and middle-income countries based on the World Bank classification).

Graduate students include:

  1. PhD students
  2. Masters

Note: Masters students may be considered for admission if they have the pertinent experience and interest.

Postdoctoral fellows include:

  1. Full-time postdoctoral fellows who have received their last graduate studies degree within the last 5 years

New Investigators (NI) include:

  1. NI who have obtained their first position as an independent professor (or equivalent) within the last 5 years
  2. Full time research associates (or equivalent) who have received their Ph.D. degree within the last 5 years

Note: In exceptional cases, new investigator candidates from LMIC countries who have obtained their professor position more than 5 years ago may be considered.

If you have any questions regarding these different categories, or to know how you can apply based on your situation, please do not hesitate to contact our IBTN team at

When will the Summer School take place?

The Summer School will take place from May 24 to 30, 2020, with online activities starting April 13 and ending June 12 (details to be announced).

  • April 13: Start of online activities
  • May 24: Opening dinner
  • May 25: Summer School courses
  • May 26: Summer School courses
  • May 27: Summer School courses
  • May 28: Summer School courses in the morning, free time/social activities in the afternoon, followed by IBTN Conference opening reception and poster presentations
  • May 29: IBTN Conference and dinner event
  • May 30: IBTN Conference and public lectures
  • June 12: End on online activities

Where will the Summer School be held?

The Summer School will be held in Montréal (Canada) at Concordia University’s Sir George Williams campus (also known as the downtown campus) and the IBTN Conference will be held at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) also located in downtown Montréal.

What courses will be offered?

The Summer School aims to explore the development and evaluation of behavioural interventions, using current methods. Our 2020 edition will focus on international collaborative open science working and providing the tools and resources to create collaborations within lower and middle-income countries (LMIC). The courses offered will include the following themes:

    • Intervention development and stakeholder engagement
    • Matching your design to the question
    • Feasibility and piloting
    • Evaluations/Assessments
    • Designing Relevant Behavioral Interventions for LMICs

The courses will be delivered by members of a multi-disciplinary group:

      • Dr. Simon Bacon (Concordia University)
      • Dr. Molly Byrne (NUI, Galway, University)
      • Dr. Linda Carlson (University of Calgary)
      • Dr. Susan Czajkowski (National Cancer Institute)
      • Dr. Kate Guastaferro (Pennsylvania State University)
      • Dr. Kim Lavoie (UQAM)
      • Dr. Mark Parascandola (National Cancer Institute)
      • Dr. Sherri Sheinfeld Gorin (University of Michigan Medical School)
      • Dr. Sudha Sivaram (National Institutes of Health)

What is the course schedule?

The Summer School consists of 45-minute teaching blocks, 1 to 1.5 hour discussion blocks, followed by 30-minute end-of-session free discussion blocks. Summer School classes will start at 9am (with breakfast at 8:30am) and end at 4pm. There will be no classes in the afternoon of Wednesday May 27. Social activities will be planned by local students.

What is the nature, and time required, for online activities prior to and after the Summer School?

The online activities prior to the Summer School will take 10 and 20 hours to complete, and include a small selection of readings and two short assignments. The post Summer School online activities include submitting a final group based report and the completion of a short reflection exercise. Extended details can be found in the course outline.

How many university credits can I obtain when attending the Summer School?

The IBTN Summer School is a PhD-level course recognized by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur du Québec and approved by Concordia University’s Faculty of Arts & Science. The program will offer attendees three (3) university-level credits.

Summer School credits are accepted toward degrees at most colleges and universities at the discretion of the home institution, and Concordia University has an agreement with many universities in North America. However, because degree requirements vary among schools, you should check your home school’s credit transfer policies before you register.

Please note: For those students who wish to obtain university credits, university tuition fees apply on top of Summer School fees. The tuition fees depend on the student status and the arrangements that exist between the student’s institution and Concordia University. When applying please indicate if you would like to receive credits for the Summer School. A member of the IBTN team will contact you and help coordinate your admission and payment of your tuition fees.

How long is the Summer School program?

It will be held over 7 days from May 24 to 30, which also includes the 2020 IBTN Conference activities.

What are the admission procedures?

      • Read all the Terms of the Application and Admission Process on this page
      • Fill out the online application form (now closed)
      • Include a CV and letter of intent in one of the following formats:.doc, .docx, .odt, .ott, .pdf, .rtf, according to the following guidelines.
        • A current academic CV: Maximum of two (2) pages including: current program of study; previous degrees; previous work experiences; publications; and any other relevant information.
        • Letter of intent: Maximum of two (2) pages covering: your previous experience with behavioural interventions; relevant background training; research areas of current and future interest; motivation for attending the Summer School; and any other relevant information.
      • For new investigators from LMICs who are applying to the CRDF funding opportunity, you will also need to upload a letter of support from an institutional mentor including the following: confirmation of your current position; the ways in which the mentor is currently supporting you and future mentoring plans; and the willingness of the mentor to participate in a webinar to be broadcast in your country.
      • Please provide proof of your status (see details below)
We highly recommend submitting your materials in PDF format. You may use one of many free online conversion services.

What is a “proof of status”?

      • For Master’s and PhD students: a clear and readable scan or photo of your current student ID or a copy of your 2019-2020 transcript.
      • For post-docs: a copy of an official university document clearly indicating the date where your last diploma was granted or a copy of your last diploma clearly indicating the granting date.
      • For all other participants: an official document from a university or other institution clearly indicating the date of your first appointment within a department or research centre (or equivalent).

How much does it cost?

All candidates who accept admission to the Summer School need to pay registration fees. Students requesting university credits also need to pay university tuition fees.

Summer School registration fees: Reduced registration fees for the Summer School are offered to Master’s and PhD students, as well as postdoctoral fellows. New investigators who have obtained their first position as an independent professor (or equivalent) within the last 5 years and coming from a lower to middle income country can also benefit from reduced rates. All other candidates need to pay the regular rates of the Summer School. Candidates who are members of IBTN are able to benefit from a reduced rate of summer school registration fees.


      • IBTN members reduced rate: $335 CAD
      • IBTN members regular rate: $525 CAD


      • Non-member reduced rate: $385 CAD
      • Non-member regular rate: $575 CAD

*Are you a member of IBTN? Register today – for free!

Tuition fees: For students who want to apply for university credit, tuition fees will also apply and depend on the student’s status and the agreements between their university and Concordia University. Students who request university credits for the Summer School will be contacted by an IBTN team member who will help coordinate their admission and payment of their tuition fees.

Conference Scholarships: Participants from outside of the Greater Montreal area will be eligible to apply for conference scholarships which are intended to offset the travel and accommodation costs associated with the Summer School. Our goal is to make the Summer School as accessible as possible. Conference scholarships depend on the number and the eligibility of participants and available funding and are distributed on a case by case basis.

What do the registration fees include?

Fees will cover all Summer School courses and Conference registration, as well as:

      • Opening dinner (May 24)
      • Breakfast on site (May 25 till May 30)
      • Lunches in site (May 25 till May 30)
      • Coffee breaks in the morning and the afternoon (May 25 till May 30)

What is the application deadline?

Applications are accepted until January 13, 2020, 23h59 EST

Once I received my offer of admission, how do I register?

Candidates who receive an offer of admission will also receive a payment request for registration fees, and confirmation of their eligibility for a conference scholarship. By paying the registration fees, the candidate will confirm their registration to the Summer School. Summer School fees need to be paid no later than March 6, 2020, 23h59 EST. Once payment is received, the IBTN team will register the candidate. Students who requested university credits for the Summer School will be contacted by the IBTN team who will help coordinate their admission and payment of their tuition fees. Learn more about the tuition fees.

Are accommodations included?

Accommodation costs are not covered by the IBTN Summer School. Participants are responsible for finding, reserving, and paying for their accommodation. Participants from outside of the Greater Montreal area will be eligible to apply for conference scholarships which are intend to offset the travel and accommodation costs associated with the Summer School. If you need help finding accommodations, please contact the IBTN team at

Is transportation included?

Travel expenses are not covered but participants from outside of the Greater Montreal area will be eligible to apply for conference scholarships. Participants are responsible for arranging and paying for their transportation.

When do registration fees need to be paid?

An online payment request will be included in the admission offer. Registration fees for the Summer School needs to be payed by March 6, 2020, 23h59 EST. Registration fees will be paid through the Grenadine online payment platform hosted by Concordia University. Payment details will be sent with the admission offer.

When do the tuition fees need to be paid?

Tuition fees are charged and payable on a case-by-case basis, depending on the student’s status and the agreements in place between their university and Concordia University. Learn more about tuition fees.

How do I withdraw from the Summer School?

The deadline to withdraw from the Summer School is March 27, 23h59 EST. Grenadine online payment processing fees, applicable taxes, a $50 recovery fee will be non-refundable. Those who choose to withdraw after this date may do so but will not be eligible for a refund of registration fees.

I have special mobility needs. Are the venues of the IBTN Summer School program accessible?

Yes, the IBTN Summer School and Conference are offered at public universities that are universally accessible. We invite accepted applicants to contact us at to discuss any other specific accommodation needs.

I am not from Canada. What kind of visa will I require?

All visa requirements are the responsibility of individual applicants based on their nationality and employment/student status. Please contact the relevant authorities at your university, organization, or consulate.

What happens if I can only participate in the Summer School but not the IBTN Conference?

Attendance to the IBTN Conference is an integral part of the Summer School program. Those offered and accepting admission to the Summer School are required to attend the Conference as part of the Summer School program.

I have other questions. Where can I get more information?

Email the IBTN Team at