PHABC Conference 2019: Early Bird Registration and Call for Abstracts now open!

Simplifying Complexity:

Public Health Approaches and Practice in Complex Systems

Conference & Annual General Meeting

November 14th & 15th, 2019

The Sutton Place Hotel

Vancouver, BC



We hope you all have been enjoying your summers thus far and have been or will be taking some well-deserved time off. We don’t want to keep you long be we thought you may want to know we have opened our early bird registration and our call for abstracts for the upcoming PHABC fall conference, happening November 14th and 15th, 2019 at the Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver!


Simplifying Complexity: Public Health Approaches & Practice in Complex Systems” will dedicate two days to exploring complex adaptive systems and complexity science through a variety of plenary panel sessions, oral presentations, workshops and poster presentations within four main sub themes: food systems & security, immunization & infectious disease control, wicked problems in health equity, and overdose response & safe supplies.


The theme and sub themes were introduced at our annual summer school, if you missed out, we have posted presentations from summer school speakers on our website; click here or follow the below link to check them out (please note not all presentations are available).



Early bird registration is now open and will be available until September 15th, 2019 at 11:59PM. Act now for significant savings on your conference registration! Click here or copy the link below to register today.


2019 Registration Rates Early Bird (August 1 – Sept 15, 2019)


(from Sept 16, 2019 on)

2 days PHABC member $325.00 $390.00
2 days Non-member $420.00 $485.00
2 days senior/student PHABC member $255.00 $315.00
2 days senior/student Non-member $295.00 $350.00
1 day registration PHABC members $175.00 $200.00
1 day registration non-members $250.00 $275.00
1 day senior/student PHABC member $155.00 $175.00
1 day senior/student NON member $185.00 $205.00


If you are part of a promising practice or have research involving complex adaptive systems, we encourage you to consider submitting your abstract for the year’s conference. Our call for abstracts is now open (as of August 1st, 2019) and will remain open until 5:00pm on Sunday September 15th, 2019. To read the full call for abstracts click here or follow the link below:


Our conference would not be possible without the generous donations from our sponsors each year. We would like to thank all our past sponsors for your support of this important public health event.

If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s conference please contact Christina Harding at to learn about our sponsorship tiers and incentives. All sponsors will have their logo’s printed on the conference program & other promotional material (online & in print), will receive special recognition during the conference, and will receive at least one complimentary 2-day registration.


We are always in need of volunteers for our conference to ensure the event runs smoothly. If you are interested in attending the conference but the cost of registration represents a significant deterrent, please contact Christina at to learn about current volunteering opportunities.


For more information on our conference as it becomes available, keep checking back on our events page by clicking here or following the link below:




We hope to see many of you in Vancouver this fall as we work towards a safe, healthy and inclusive BC for all!