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Workshop (December 14)

Monitoring and forecasting changes in biodiversity: building the Quebec community and its capacity to contribute to biodiversity monitoring


During this workshop, we will have the chance to reflect together on the concrete case of Quebec where the ministries and the CSBQ have been engaged in a co-construction of a biodiversity monitoring network for several years.

This workshop will also be an opportunity to present the achievements and perspectives for GEO BON– The Group on Earth Observations – Biodiversity Observation Network. GEO BON is a global research network that brings together a community of practice dedicated to improving biodiversity monitoring. The GEO BON secretariat is since this year hosted by the Québec Centre for Biodiversity Science (QCBS) based at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. The GEO BON network has made great progress over the past decade, moving from the initial concept to establishing a global network for improving biodiversity observations to inform governments and policy makers.

This is a unique opportunity to work together to place the Quebec monitoring network at the forefront and at the heart of this international network.

The workshop schedule can be accessed through the full schedule button at the top of the page, or by following this link.

Keynote Speaker

Biodiversity science from the air

Biodiversity science from the air

by Etienne Laliberté, professor at UdeM

Tuesday December 15th, from 9 to 10 AM.


  Members Non-Members
Professors $40 $60
Students and Postdocs $20 $40
Other $60


Refund Policy 

Cancellations received up to and including December 4th, 2020 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 (

No refunds will be made for cancellations received after December 4th, 2020.

QCBS Art and essay Exhibition

For its 2020 symposium, the QCBS will celebrate the artistic fiber and the experience of its members by hosting an Art and essays exhibition!

All members, professors, research professionals and students, will be invited to present their work. 

What you need to know
  • Your work doesn’t need to be related to your research/work. Any artist that works in the field of science will see their art impacted by their scientific background, in some way.
  • No need for any artistic training!
  • By submitting your piece of art, you agree that the QCBS may use it for promotion on the web.
To submit a piece of art
Paintings, drawings, graphics and sculptures will be accepted, as well as literature, poetry, music, dance and theater. Obviously, the main goal is not to exhibit professional artwork, but rather to create a unique opportunity to showcase the explosive marriage of art and science.

For this virtual version, we ask you to send us your work in png format (for more static pieces), in video or audio recording. The links will be deposited on the platform and will be accessible throughout the symposium


  • Submit your work at
  • Send to the same address a short text describing your artistic approach and how it is influenced by your background in a field of science, in the language you prefer.
To submit an Essay
You are invited to share with us, in writing (with or without illustrations) or by video, an outstanding experience in your professional development. Whether it is a funny, difficult or inspiring experience. Whether it is a story from the field, a significant event in your scientific/social life or challenges encountered during your academic life.

We strongly encourage the participation of students that self-identify as belonging to a visible minority. If you self-identify as such, you can highlight it during your submission.

There will be a specific prize dedicated to the best essays from students of under-represented groups, including BIPOC students.

These essays will be made available and shared through the EDI webpage of the Beagle after the conference, to increase the visibility and the sharing of the diversity of experience and models in sciences related to Biodiversity.

Submit your work at

* Photographic works will be reserved for the traditional photo contest.

Presenting at the Symposium

Deadline for abstract submission: Friday 4pm November the 20th 2020


Photo Contest

We are looking for submissions related to your research for the annual QCBS photo contest. The submission deadline is December 4th.

An eco-responsible event

The QCBS annual event is online this year, perfectly in line with our eco-responsible approach!

Unfortunately we will not seek eco certification by BNQ standards as these are not adapted to online events.