2019 ASPB Conference - Connecting Biologists to their Resources - CALL FOR PAPERS

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The 2019 ASPB Annual Conference will be November 20-22 at the Fairmont Chateau in Lake Louise, AB.

More conference information can be found  here.

CALL FOR PAPERS  is now open, Abstracts are due June 30, 2019

Early bird submissions for presentations received before May 31, 2019 will be entered into draws for one each – Free Conference Registration, One night stay at the Fairmont Chateau during the conference

The theme for the 2019 Alberta Society of Professional Biologists’ (ASPB) conference, “Connecting Biologists to their Resources” will explore a variety of resources accessible to biologists. The content of the conference will support the practicing professional through presentations and workshops focused on (but not limited to) the following areas:

  • Technology, Tools, and Training: Advances or changes in the resources we use to conduct our work, including updated equipment (e.g., different acoustic recorders), updated models (e.g., comparison of available fatality estimators) and recommended training/courses biologists could acquire to obtain/maintain/improve Professional status.
  • Our Indigenous Partners: Experiences working with Indigenous communities and incorporating traditional indigenous knowledge into Impact Assessments; Bills C-68 and C-69; determining what qualifies as proper consultation; review of issues that have been happening with pipeline projects (e.g.,TransMountain)  
  • Adjusting to a Changing Climate: Situations that are changing the environment (e.g., forest fires, flood events) and impact our relationship with the environment, which have the potential to alter or have already altered how we do our work.  
  • Government Update: Overview of the provincial One Stop System for Approvals and Code of Practice (COP) notifications; updates to the project submission process for renewable projects in Alberta; updated/amended federal Acts and their implications to current work processes (e.g., proposed amendments to the Fisheries Act, updated Fisheries and Oceans Canada guidance for Projects near water, Carbon Tax programs, changes to the Pan Canadian Framework; updates to the Master Schedule of Standards and Conditions for Crown land); decontamination protocols for whirling disease).  

The 2019 Conference Committee welcomes presentation abstract submissions from a diverse range of interested applicants. Target audiences include representatives from government, Indigenous communities, industry, consulting, environmental advocacy groups, and academia.

The Conference Committee is offering the option of presenting an oral presentation of around 25 minutes or a poster presentation during the poster and networking session the afternoon of November 20, 2019. Presenters of the selected presentations enjoy a 50% discount on Conference Registration (1 per presentation.)

Authors and presenters may hail from a range of sectors and disciplines intersecting or supporting the practice of biology. The Committee will assess abstracts according to their relevance to the Conference theme. Acceptance will be based on the originality of the work, development of the conference topic, relevance to practice of biology, and overall submission quality. Based on submission of topics, a panel discussion may be a great forum to further explore complementary discussion topics.

An abstract for both forms of presentation must follow the format outlined below and be submitted electronically to info@aspb.ab.ca by June 30, 2019 for review. Please reference ‘ASPB 2019 Conference Abstract Submission’ and what type of presentation (oral or poster) in the subject line. Within the abstract, indicated your presentation type and please explain how the proposed presentation will complement the conference topic. If you do not receive email confirmation that your submission was received within 5 business days, please contact the ASPB directly at (403) 264-1273. Please note that the cost of preparing the proposal and attending the conference will be at the applicant’s expense.

Abstract Format:

Title: Capitalize the first letter of each word except prepositions, articles, and species names. Species names should be spelled out at the first use. Italicize scientific names of organisms.

Authors: Authors’ names will appear in ALL CAPITAL letters, using first initial(s) and full last name.

Affiliations: Each author should be listed by institution, department, division, and country. Please state if the author(s) are Professional Biologists (P.Biol. or R.P.Bio.)

Abstract Text: Abstracts should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents. Each abstract may contain a maximum of 300 words including title, author’s name(s) and affiliations, and the abstract text. Use 12 point Arial font for text and symbol font for special and scientific characters.


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