General Information

This year the QCBS is holding its annual symposium from December 10-12 at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, 9th floor  

Workshop (December 10th)   

This workshop, titled “Connectivity conservation: from science to solutions” is being organized by the QCBS in collaboration with Nature United (the Canadian affiliate of The Nature Conservancy). The workshop will focus on identifying challenges and opportunities to achieve effective connectivity conservation at multiple scales. The day will include invited talks and smaller breakout sessions for discussion. 

Registration

Fees Summary (add 30% after December 2)
Registrant type Workshop (Dec 10) Symposium (Dec 11-12) Workshop and Symposium
Private sector and governmental $100 $150 $250
QCBS researcher $75 $100 $175
Non-QCBS researcher $100 $125 $225
QCBS student or postdoc $25 $75 $100
Non-QCBS graduate student or postdoc $50 $125 $175
Nonprofit organization $75 $125 $200
Undergraduate or CEGEP student $25 $50 $75
Invited $0 $0 $0

Refund Policy 

Cancellations received up to and including November 26, 2018 will receive full refund of their registration fees.

Refunds will be provided by applying a refund to the credit card used in registering.

All cancellations notices and refund requests must be received by e-mail (Philippe Auzel)

No refunds will be made for cancellations received after November 26, 2018.

Plenary Speaker

Taylor Ricketts is Gund Professor and Director of the Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont. Taylor’s research centers on the overarching question: How do we meet the needs of people and nature in an increasingly crowded, changing world? His recent work has focused on the economic and health benefits provided to people by forests, wetlands, reefs, and other natural areas.

Panels 

Art-Science Panel  

Speakers:

Julie dirwimmer

Julie dirwimmer

Professional at the ACFAS but also known as Madame Cosinus (Slam poet)

WhiteFeather Hunter

WhiteFeather Hunter

Bioartist and principal investigator at Le Milieux Biolab (working on art-science projects)

Jacqueline Bede

Jacqueline Bede

McGill professor in plant ecophysiology and art-science amateur

François joseph lapointe

François joseph lapointe

UdeM professor, artist and scientist

“it is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science” 

-Carl Sagan, Astrophysicist  

“Art and nature shall always be wrestling until they eventually conquer one another so that the victory is the same stroke and line: that which is conquered, conquers at the same time.”   

-Maria Sibylla Merian 

Both art and science uses observation and experimentation, seeking to understand aspects of the complex world around us. Despite this common ground, the disciplines are too often separated by boundaries that are difficult to overcome. Even though pioneer scientists, like Maria Sibylla Merian and Leonardo da Vinci have combined artistic practices since the beginnings of scientific discoveries. Recently, the term STEAM*, describing that art and science benefit from convergence and increased transdisciplinary practices, is becoming increasingly popular. The goal of this panel is to talk about the place of art in science, science in art and the importance of STEAM within biodiversity sciences. We aim to explore the potential of combining scientific and artistic ideas and practises not only for outreach purposes but also as a way to expand our perspectives, both as scientists and artists as well as for a better understanding of our ecosystems.

The panel will be accompanied by an exhibition “Silence starts at -425m” by Sandra Volny that will take place during the poster session

Panel on the role of behavioural ecology in biodiversity studies  

Speakers:

Fanie Pelletier

Fanie Pelletier

Université de Sherbrooke

Grant Brown

Grant Brown

Concordia University

Melanie Dammhahn

Melanie Dammhahn

University of Potsdam, Germany

Francesca Santostefano

Francesca Santostefano

Université du Québec à Montréal

Orr Spiegel

Orr Spiegel

Tel Aviv University, Israel

Presentation

Superwomen in science – diversity in stemm

Jessica and Charles of STEMM Diversity @ McGill will present their student-driven initiative housed at the Redpath Museum to promote greater diversity and inclusivity in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medicine at McGill University. They will also recruit students interested in starting similar diversity initiatives at the other universities in QCBS.

Nicole George of the Superwomen in Science Podcast will briefly present a science communication training opportunity for women in the QCBS network. She will be recruiting students who are interested in taking part in a workshop to gain effective skills to pitch their research, which will be featured in a bonus episode of the podcast.

An eco-responsible event

 

No more paper For the 5th consecutive year, we are engaged in making our event eco-responsible. This year, we are heading towards a level 4 eco-responsible certification! We need your help for this! 

We are not using paper Instead of using paper materials, we have gone digital for the QCBS Symposium. All the information about the symposium program will be on the QCBS 2018 Symposium Sched.  

Use public transportation, if you can We highly encourage you to come to the event using public transportation, instead of using your own car. Using public transit is a major move towards diminishing the carbon footprint of your trips! You may use the following websites to plan your trip to the symposium: Google MapsSociété de transport de Montréal and Agence métropolitaine de transport. If you are not able to use public transportation, think of carpooling! CO2 emissions will be compensated in double: make sure you provide us with the information regarding your trip to the workshop and symposium.  

Waste management Our ultimate final waste target is to be under 5g/person and possibly less with your help. All cutlery and cups present at the event will be compostable. We also have a compost program for all food waste! With this action, we reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and cut emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. During the symposium, be sure to dispose of your garbage in each of the correct bins: recycling, compost and landfill waste. We request you to NOT bring any kind of waste from outside to the event (especially landfill waste, like coffee cups and polystyrene materials). We strongly encourage attendees to bring their own refillable water bottles and coffee mugs to the event.  

Reuse of name badges We reuse all name badges in future years. Please, think of leaving yours when you leave the event. 

QCBS merchandise

You can now proudly wear the QCBS colours! It’s all affordable and made by a Quebec company. You order and pay online and we deliver for free at the QCBS Symposium. Order before November 3.

 

Transportation   

The John Molson School of Business is located on 1450 Guy St, Montreal, QC H3H 0A1. 

More details here

Presenting at the Symposium

Deadline for abstract submission: October 31

More details here

Travel Grant Awards  

Travel grants are available for QCBS members who need to travel to the conference and are presenting at the symposium.

More details here.   

Photo Contest  

We are looking for submissions related to your research for the annual QCBS photo contest. The submission deadline is November 21st. 

More details here

An eco-responsible event 

No more paper For the 5th consecutive year, we are engaged in making our event eco-responsible. We need your help for this! 

 

We are not using paper Instead of using paper materials, we have gone digital for the QCBS Symposium. All the information about the symposium program will be displayed on screens at the event and on the QCBS 2018 Symposium Sched (colloque.qcbs.ca).  

Use public transportation, if you can We highly encourage you to come to the event using public transportation, instead of using your own car. Using public transit is a major move towards diminishing the carbon footprint of your trips! You may use the following websites to plan your trip to the symposium: Google Maps, Société de transport de Montréal and Agence métropolitaine de transport. If you are not able to use public transportation, think of carpooling! CO2 emissions will be compensated in double: make sure you provide us with the information regarding your trip to the workshop and symposium.  

Greener food and beverages and a food recovery plan Most of our food and beverages are organic and produced locally! This means that these producers avoid using synthetically produced fertilizers or chemicals derived from fossil fuels. All excess food will be donated to the Maison du Père.  

Waste management Our ultimate final waste target is to be under 5g/person and possibly less with your help. All cutlery and cups present at the event will be compostable. We also have a compost program for all food waste! With this action, we reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and cut emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. During the symposium, be sure to dispose of your garbage in each of the correct bins: recycling, compost and landfill waste. We request you to NOT bring any kind of waste from outside to the event (especially landfill waste, like coffee cups and polystyrene materials). We strongly encourage attendees to bring their own refillable water bottles and coffee mugs to the event.  

Reuse of name badges We reuse all name badges in future years. Please, think of leaving yours when you leave the event.