2021 Annual Symposium

Highlighting the science of biodiversity monitoring and its different dimensions; from fieldwork to drones and satellites from genes to species to ecosystems and models to forecasts.

This year, the event will be held online, on Zoom and Gather Town, in a light format of 3 half days (mornings of 8-10). The symposium will run the mornings of December 8 and 9.

Poster Winners

Here are the winners of the 2021 symposium poster prizes (selected by random draw):

  • Alice Assmar (McGill): Past, present, and future of freshwater insects: evolution, diversification, and biogeography.
  • Francis Banville (UdeM): First estimates of food-web structure derived from species richness, species abundance and network size.
  • Francesca Santostefano (UQAM): Social interactions in virtual ecosystems: multiplayer video games as a novel data source for ecology and evolution.
  • Myriam Cloutier (UdeM): Using artificial intelligence and multitemporal drone imagery to identify and map tree species in the Laurentians.
  • Nicolas Bannester Marchand (USherbrooke): Étude de la distribution des jeunes Moxostoma dans la rivière du Richelieu.
  • Shan Kothari (UdeM): Predicting leaf traits across functional groups using reflectance spectroscopy.




The Symposium activities will be held in the morning:


December 8th

Hour Activity
9:00-10:00 Zoom Panel – New QCBS research program. With Étienne Laliberté and Andrew Gonzalez.
10:00-10:30 Coffee Break
10:30-12:00 Poster Presentations Session 1 (Gather) –
Biodiversity & society, Community ecology, Effects of global change, Population ecology.


December 9th

Hour Activity
9:00-10:00 Keynote – Brain Leung. McGill University
10:00-10:15 Coffee Break
10:15-11:45 Poster Presentations Session 2 (Gather)
Ecology & evolution, Behavioral Ecology, Trophic ecology
11:45-12:30 Student General Assembly (Zoom)


December 10th

Hour Activity
9:00-10:30 Zoom – Presentations from Dominique Gravel (Université de Sherbrooke), Sabrina Courant (MELCC) and Jean-François Bolduc (École de design, Université Laval).
10:30-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-12:00 Workshop – Zoom – Dashboards for visualizing biodiversity data in Quebec.
12:00-13:00 General Assembly (Zoom)

Biodiversité Québec – Workshop on the perception, integration and visualization of biodiversity data

The workshop will take place on the morning of the 10th of December (see the preliminary schedule for more information).

Workshop objectives:

  • Present the design process of Québec biodiversity visualization tools started by the Biodiversité-Québec group.
  • Solicit feedback from researchers on dashboard and portal proposals (focus group) within the context of a contract carried out by the design team of Laval University.

Workshop Preliminary Schedule:

  • Introduction and presentation of Biodiversité-Québec’s initiatives (D. Gravel, 15 min)
  • Presentation of the achievements of the Government of Quebec’s biodiversity monitoring network (Sabrina Courant, MELCC, 15 min)
  • Description of the design process and unveiling of the proposals (Jean-François Bolduc, 60 min)
  • Break (15 min)
  • Presentation of the workshop (10 min)
  • Division into sub-groups to discuss and improve dashboard proposals (50 min)
  • Group feedback and conclusion (15 min)

Keynote speaker

Brian Leung

Brian Leung

McGill University

Observing biodiversity change: inferences and issues with big datasets and models


Registration will open around November 10 and will run until November 25.

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


Refund Policy

Cancellations received up to and including the deadline (25th of November) 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 (info@qcbs.ca)

No refunds will be made for cancellations received after the deadline (the 25th of November).

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.