QCBS Symposium 2020


Full schedule to come!

Workshop (December 14)

Monitoring and forecasting biodiversity change: building Quebec’s community and capacity to contribute to GEO BON




GEO BON’s achievements to date

by Laeticia Navarro, Former Executive secretary



A 25 min talk about the Essential Biodiversity Variables framework

by Henrique Pereira, Former Co Chair

A 25 min talk about Biodiversity Observation Networks

by Mike Gill, Former Co Chair 



GEO BON: Looking forward

by Maria Cecilia Londono & Andy Gonzalez (new GEO BON co-Chairs)


Getting QCBS community involved: Quebec and Canada BONs


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 (Philippe Auzel)

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

QCBS Art and essay Exhibition

For its 2020 symposium, the CSBQ 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 before December 1st at esther.carle-pruneau@usherbrooke.ca
  • 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 https://lebeagle.qcbs.ca/ 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 before December 1st at mtissier@ubishops.ca

* 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.