2022 Summer School in Biodiversity Modelling with the following theme: Biodiversity changes and data visualization

Presented by the Université de Sherbrooke, the Integrative Ecology Lab (Pr Dominique Gravel) and the NSERC CREATE program BIOS2, the Computational Biology Science and Services training program.

August 22 to 26, 2022 at Centre de villégiature Jouvence (Resort), Orford, QC.

Classes will be taught in English, with bilingual support, and workshops will be conducted in both languages.

Registration until July 11, 2022 or until capacity is reached.

Information and registration: https://www.usherbrooke.ca/ecoles-de-pointe/en/2022-biodiversity-modelling

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Porsild-Consaul Award, Canadian Botanical Association

This is to remind everyone of the upcoming deadline for the
Porsild-Consaul Award, given annually for the best paper published by a
student in the field of plant systematics and phytogeography.

The Canadian Botanical Association (CBA-ABC) Student Paper Awards are
for work done while the author is a student and published within two
years of graduation. Eligibility includes students at all Canadian
universities as well as Canadian students who have studied abroad.
Students do not have to be CBA members to be eligible for these awards.
The award is described here:
https://www.cba-abc.ca/awards/porsild-consaul-award/.

The deadline for applications is March 31, 2022. Application guidelines
for student paper awards can be found on the CBA website here:
https://www.cba-abc.ca/awards/application-guidelines-for-student-paper-awards/.
The Porsild-Consault Award is valued at $1000, and the winner will be
announced at the CBA-ABC 2022 Annual Meeting, to be held at the
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, June 6-9, 2022. The
conference website is here: https://abc-cba2022.uqat.ca/ .

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CSEE Council Elections 2022

Do you want to advance the profile of ecology, evolution, and conservation in Canada? Do you want to get things done on behalf of the broader community? Do have ideas, energy and a little bit of time?  Then run for CSEE Council!

We are now seeking nominations for the positions of: Vice-President (who will serve 2 years as VP and then two years as President), Treasurer (3 year term), Regular Councillor (2 positions, 3 year terms) and Graduate Student Councillor (1 position, 2 year term).  You can read descriptions of what the jobs entail in our Standing Rules, available through this link: https://csee-scee.ca/constitution-2/ 

You may nominate yourself or a colleague (with their consent). Candidates, please write a short bio (7-10 lines) about you, what you will bring to the CSEE, and what you hope to accomplish. Send the bio along with a headshot to the CSEE Vice-President (jeannette(dot)whitton(at)botany.ubc.ca).

Nominations are accepted until June 15th, 2022, with elections to take place in July. New council members will take up their positions following the 2022 AGM in August.

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CSEE Excellence in Doctoral Research Award 2022

Deadline for receipt of application materials: April 1, 2022

Award Description: The CSEE Excellence in Doctoral Research Award showcases excellent Ph.D. student research in ecology and evolution from society members. The selection committee will consider applications through the lens of CSEE’s Diversity and Inclusivity Statement and draft Code of Ethics. Five awardees will receive a $600 award and an invitation to present their doctoral research during the Graduate Student Award Symposium at the annual meeting. In addition, awardees are eligible to receive up to $1,100 allowance to assist with travel and participation in the annual CSEE meeting. For example, childcare services are considered an eligible expense for the allowance.

Eligibility: Applicants must be: 1) registered in a PhD program within the year of application (2022), 2) be in an advanced stage of their dissertation (i.e., final two years), and 3) a member of CSEE at the time of application. Applicants should have advanced to candidacy, but should not have completed their degree requirements as of December 31st, 2021. Individuals who have completed degree requirements as of December 31st, 2021 are encouraged to apply for the CSEE Early Career Award instead. There is no citizenship or residence requirement for this award. Candidates must adhere to the draft CSEE Code of Ethics. Applicants from last year who were not selected for the award, but still meet the eligibility criteria, are encouraged to re-apply.

Application materials: Applicants must apply directly. Established researchers may encourage doctoral students to apply but, in order to show their consent, nominees/applicants must apply directly. Applications must contain all of the following supporting materials in the stated order:

  1. A completed Applicant Awards Declaration Form (Doctoral Award version).
  2. Thesis Summary (300 words maximum): A summary of the applicant’s thesis, including how their research advances the state of knowledge in their field.
  3. Relevant Activities (250 words maximum): Describe any professional and extracurricular activities that demonstrate your communication and leadership skills.
  4. Select Contributions (1 page maximum): Using three headings, highlight
    (i) peer-reviewed papers,
    (ii) talks and/or posters, and
    (iii) other accomplishments.
    The applicant must remove their name from all publications and replace it with “Applicant”, in bold.
    1. Peer-reviewed papers include those that are published, in review or revision (include the submission number) and pre-prints (include a DOI).
      1. NOTE: this is a change from previous years.
  1. Talks and/or posters can include conference talks, invited talks, seminars, and panels.
  2. Other accomplishments: this can include any additional accomplishments the students want to highlight. This work should not simply repeat what is reported in the “Relevant Activities” section, though we expect there to be overlap.
    1.  NOTE: this is a change from previous years.

Letter of Reference: One letter of support (1 page maximum) from your PhD advisor or a committee member is required for each applicant. Letters should speak to the criteria listed above and should clearly state that the applicant is close to completion of their thesis. Letters must not contain the name of the applicant, but rather non-identifying terms such as “The Applicant”, or similar. For example, “The applicant has been a member of my lab…”.

Submitting Your Application: Sections 2 through 4 should be submitted as a single pdf file with the filename “lastname_firstinitial_CSEE_PhDaward.pdf”, along with Section 1 (Declaration Form) to cseestudent@gmail.com (e.g., Smith_J_CSEE_PhDaward.pdf).

The letter of support should be submitted directly from the referee to the same email address (cseestudent@gmail.com) and should have the same format as the application with “_Letter” added to the end (e.g., Smith_J_CSEE_PhDAward_Letter.pdf). All materials are due by the deadline indicated above. We will respond to each email to confirm receipt within one week.

Please note: The name (first or last) of the applicant must not appear anywhere within the application other than the file names. This anonymization is meant to reduce bias during the evaluation process. Failure to properly anonymize applications could result in disqualification.

Other Important Information

Successful applicants will give a 30-minute talk (23 minute talk and 7-minute question period and transition) in the Graduate Student Award Symposium, and will not be able to give a separate talk during the conference. Awardees can present a poster if space is available. Successful applicants must respond to accept the award and confirm their registration within one week of notification. Successful applicants will be ineligible for Student/Post-doc travel awards as they are already eligible for an allowance to assist with travel costs.

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BIOS² Program for Graduate Students 

The 2021 call to apply as a Fellow for the Computational Biodiversity Science and Services (BIOS²) training program is now open and applications will be accepted until July 18, 2021.

BIOS2 is a community of early career researchers who are learning and applying modern-day computational and quantitative techniques to biodiversity challenges. The BIOS2 training program is a NSERC-CREATE program that aims at widening opportunities and skill sets among students and postdoctoral fellows and increasing recruitment in Biodiversity science in the Canadian job market.

We welcome applications from graduate students with diverse background and experience who share a passion for biodiversity and a curiosity for computation!

For information: https://bios2.usherbrooke.ca/get-involved/graduate-students/
To apply: https://bios2.usherbrooke.ca/2021/06/21/bios2-fellows-2021-2022/
To share on tweeter: https://twitter.com/_bios2/status/1407063540142325766?s=20

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2021 Summer School in Biodiversity Modelling with the following theme:  Evaluating Models with Ecological Data

The objective of this course is to train students methods and skills to fit models to ecological data. Emphasis will be put on algorithms and computational methods in order to develop abilities to solve a wide range of problems.

August 16 to 25, 2021

Online and hybrid training. Courses will be online with the possibility of organizing local hubs (according to public health directives). Courses will be conducted in English, with bilingual support.

Registration by July 12, 2021

Poster: [Affiche_EcoleEte_Biodiversite_Web_EN]

Information and registration here [https://www.usherbrooke.ca/sciences-ete/en/summer-school-in-biodiversity-modelling-2021/summer-school-in-biodiversity-2021/] or here [https://bios2.usherbrooke.ca/2021/06/14/summer-school-biodiversity-modeling-2021/]

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CSEE Council Elections (excerpt from the May 2021 members bulletin)

Do you want to advance the profile of ecology, evolution, and conservation in Canada? Do you want to get things done on behalf of the broader community? Do have ideas, energy and a little bit of time?  Then run for CSEE Council!

We are now seeking nominations for the positions of: Secretary (3 year term), Regular Councillor (2 positions, 3 year terms) and Graduate Student/Post-doctoral Councillor (1 position, 2 year term).  You can read about what the jobs entail in our Standing Rules, available through this link: https://csee-scee.ca/constitution-2/

You may nominate yourself or a colleague (with their consent). Candidates, please write a short bio (7-10 lines) about you, what you will bring to the CSEE, and what you hope to accomplish. Send the bio along with a headshot to the CSEE Vice-President (jeannette(dot)whitton(at)botany.ubc.ca).

Nominations are accepted until July 1st 2021, with elections to take place in July. New council members will take up their positions following the 2021 AGM in August.

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PLANT PRACTITIONERS SURVEY

Do you study some aspect of plant ecology or evolution in Canada? Or do you work on the conservation and restoration of plants in Canada? We would like to hear your thoughts on the biggest knowledge gaps in research and applied conservation for plant species at risk in Canada. Please consider answering our 15 minute voluntary online survey for Canadian wild plant practitioners!

The survey was designed by a working group of Canadian scientists who study plants and plant conservation, led by Jenny McCune (University of Lethbridge), Jeannette Whitton (University of British Columbia), and Jana Vamosi (University of Calgary).

We are interested in hearing from people who work in all aspects of native plant conservation and management – those who work for government at the municipal, provincial, or federal levels, those who work in consulting, in the private sector, for non-governmental organizations, and in academia.

If you would like to participate, you can access the survey here:

http://jlmccune.weebly.com/survey.html

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CSEE BIPOC Spotlight Library Microgrants

One barrier to entry of underrepresented minorities, including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour), into STEM is the shortage of visible models.  CSEE can help by drawing attention to BIPOC ecologists and evolutionary biologists.  This project will build a library of short videos by both emerging and established BIPOC scientists, and make that library available to university and K-12 instructors, youth groups, etc. across Canada.  By shining a spotlight on BIPOC models – who are underrepresented, but not absent – the library will create opportunities to support better representation in future.  It will also help our community diversify its teaching, its seminar series, and so on.  The program will also address another barrier to increasing BIPOC participation in science, which is financial; the library microgrants will provide direct remuneration plus no-cost membership and conference registration.

The microgrants

CSEE offers a microgrant to ecologists or evolutionary biologists who identify as BIPOC (up to the program’s budget limit).  A microgrant consists of $200 cash a free 2-year membership in the Society, and reimbursement of registration fees for one CSEE annual meeting within the 2 years following the award.

Microgrant recipients are asked to make two short videos of themselves:

  • One (2-3 min) video of them talking about who they are; what their current position is; how they got interested in E&E or their study system and (optionally) something about the path they’ve taken to their current position; and mentioning one exciting question in E&E they’d like to answer in their career.
  • The other (6-10 min) would include the same elements PLUS one question in E&E (big or small) that the recipient has answered, or is answering, in their work (not a Powerpoint, simply video of them).

The two videos constitute different resources for the community. The shorter videos will be appropriate for use at any level, and stress membership in the scientific community.  Because they are short, they will lend themselves well to being shown in combination.  The longer videos will be more appropriate for use in classes at the high school or postsecondary level, and demonstrate in addition contributions to knowledge.  It is perfectly appropriate for the content of an applicant’s shorter video to be reprised in the longer one – that is, we expect the two videos to overlap considerably.

Both videos should be pitched to a non-specialist audience – even if they are used in postsecondary ecology courses, a non-specialist pitch will make them accessible to all students. The editorial committee will supply advice on making a video like this (e.g. equipment, things to consider before/during filming, minor editing) and is happy to provide feedback or advice on proposed content, etc.  Applicants will also be connected with each other, when possible, so they can swap tips and experience.

All the videos will be shared on CSEE social media, hosted on the CSEE Youtube and made available on our web site for use in classes and presentations by professors, high-school teachers, outreach groups like Pint of Science, Let’s Talk Science, and youth groups like Scouting, etc.  CSEE will actively reach out to these organizations to publicize the video library.

Applying for a microgrant

Applicants should send a very brief proposal (no more than 200 words, describing very briefly the videos’ intended content) to the Chair of the Editorial Committee, peter.soroye@gmail.com.

Applicants should be members of CSEE, or non-members of CSEE who are Canadian or working or studying at a Canadian employer or institution.  Applicants are welcome from any career stage, but CSEE will seek to balance awardees between faculty, industry professionals, and students.  Should senior applicants wish to participate while waiving financial compensation, CSEE will use the budget room to recruit more early-career participants.

Editorial committee

CSEE Council will establish a committee of 3 Society members, at least 2 of them BIPOC, to provide guidance and insure that submissions align with the goals of the project.  It will report to the chair of the Awards Committee.  This is the same committee that will handle Resources Library submissions (see below).  BIPOC members of the editorial committee who do not serve on CSEE Council will receive a stipend for their service.

Budget

CSEE has budgeted $3000 in 2020 for this initiative (but we envision the project continuing into future years).  The cash payment portion of the microgrant is crucial, because it is unfair to ask BIPOC to do unpaid work to fix a problem that isn’t of their making. The cash amount is intended to represent fair market pay for the labour involved.

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