Anatomy Education Research Unconference (AnatEd Unconference)

University of Toronto, St. George Campus
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
June 3, 2023 9:30am - 5:00pm

What is an Unconference?

An unconference is an informal, participant-driven meeting where the attendees determine the agenda and discussion topics onsite. The unconference approach creates a venue for critical analysis, self-reflection, and peer feedback while also facilitating a dialogue of formative feedback at the earliest stages of idea-generation/research design. Unlike a traditional conference where completed projects are disseminated, the Anatomy Education Research Unconference will afford participants the opportunity to gain feedback on their work at the proposal stage of the research process in a small group setting and will maximize interactions between all participants.

What will I get out of the Anatomy Education Research Unconference?

The Anatomy Education Research Unconference will educate, inspire, and empower education researchers/scholars throughout the spectrum of experience as they design their own research projects. Our goal is that every participant will leave the Anatomy Education Research Unconference with a stronger, more refined, well thought-out research design for a project they are planning to commence. Furthermore, the unconference will foster collegiality and productivity as we support each other through the research process, expanding and strengthening our own support networks. 

A Brief Outline of the Event

Participants are expected to arrive at the Anatomy Education Research Unconference with an anatomy education research project in mind. It is encouraged that this project be in the preliminary design phase.
On the day of the Unconference there will be a democratic election of discussion topics that will fill a skeleton agenda and populate the topics that will be discussed in smaller break-out sessions. Content discussed in the break-out rooms will be the sum of the experiences of the participants in a format that removes the social hierarchy often associated with academic expertise, while embracing diverse perspectives and approaches to problem solving.

The event will also provide an opportunity for everyone to participate in a series of Harvard Macy step-back consultations. Briefly, this will allow participants to present their research question to a small group and then transition to being a silent, but active observer while group members take temporary “ownership” of the project and discuss it as if it was theirs. This exercise will broaden the presenter’s perspective as the conversation is no longer limited by their current approach to inquiry. 

Onsite breakfast & lunch will be provided, and attendees will be given the chance to attend a post-event social mixer; designed to provide further opportunities for networking and collegiality.

Who Should Apply?

Anatomy education researchers/scholars with all different levels of experience that have a research project in mind are encouraged to apply. 


Registration in the Anatomy Education Research Unconference is free for all attendees, including those who are not members of AAA. If accepted, the attendee assumes responsibility for their own travel and supporting fees, as is required. 

Student applications are eligible for consideration for a $100 CAD travel award. Students who submit their application by March 15, 2023 and are accepted to the Unconference will be entered in a draw to win a travel award. There are a total of 10 travel awards available.

How do I participate?

First-round notices of acceptance were send on March 20th. Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis until all 45 spots are filled. 

Do you have a question for us?

Please contact us via:
Email: [email protected] 
Twitter: @AnatEdUnconference


Dr. Danielle Bentley
Dr. Kristina Lisk
Dr. Stefanie Attardi
Dr. Victoria Roach

The AnatEd Unconference is partially funded by a 2020 AAA Research Outreach Grant

Application Requirements

Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis.

To facilitate advanced preparation, a copy of the questions, has been provided.

Application will include the following sections:

  • Demographics
  • Topics of Interest
  • Description of Intended Research Project (max 1 page)
  • Student Travel Award Consideration
  • Commitments