Workshops and other Satellite Events

Before the congress (Friday, July 6, during the day)

(Note: attending these events may require arriving on July 5th. With the exception of #4 and 5, registration is through the main congress registration.)

1.

 

Graduate workshop: The tree of sex - a comprehensive synthesis of sex determination systems in eukaryotes (9:30 am – 5 pm, Ottawa Convention Centre)

Sponsors: National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), Canadian Institute of Ecology & Evolution (CIEE), American Society of Naturalists, Society for the Study of Evolution
Organizers: Doris Bachtrog (UC Berkeley), Judith Mank (Oxford) and Katie Peichel (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)
Fee: Graduate student/Postdoc: $30; Faculty: $50
Registration closes June 30.
Speakers:

  • Brian Charlesworth (University of Edinburgh)
  • Mark Kirkpatrick (University of Texas Austin)
  • Daven Presgraves (University of Rochester)
  • Katie Peichel (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)
  • Judith Mank (University of Oxford)
  • Doris Bachtrog (UC Berkeley)
  • Sarah Otto (University of British Columbia)

Registration includes morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunch on July 6 and is done through the main congress registration.

     

2.

 

Molecular Ecology Symposium (morning & afternoon, Westin Hotel, 11 Colonel By Drive, Confederation 3, Level 4)

A one day symposium to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the journal Molecular Ecology. The symposium will showcase some of the best research in each of the fields covered by the journal, and map out future research priorities with panel discussions.
Sponsors: Wiley-Blackwell
Organizers: Loren Rieseberg and Tim Vines (University of British Columbia)
Fee (before/after Apr. 30): Professional $90/$110; Student/postdoc $65/$75
Topics and Speakers:

  • Ecological Genomics / Molecular Adaptation: Jon Slate, Sean Rogers, Aurélie Bonin
  • Speciation and Hybridization: Alex Buerkle, Alex Widmer, Tatiana Giraud
  • Landscape Genetics, Phylogeography and Conservation: Francois Balloux, Bryan Carstens, Victoria Sork
  • Kinship, Parentage and Behaviour: Dave Coltman, Dany Garant
  • Ecological Interactions: Brent Emerson, Graham Stone

The full program is available here. Registration includes morning and afternoon coffee breaks; lunch is not provided.

     

3.

 

Evo101 Workshop (8 am – 4:30 pm, Ottawa Convention Centre)
Science educators from Kindergarten teachers through post-secondary instructors in the Ottawa area are invited to join evolutionary biologists and other science educators for a one day workshop on evolution and using evolutionary data in the classroom.  Come learn about exciting research in the field of evolution and attend sessions featuring hands-on activities designed to facilitate the integration of ecological and evolutionary data into your curriculum.  Visit the workshop website for more information.

Sponsor: Society for the Study of Evolution
Organizers: Kristin Jenkins (kjenkins@nescent.org); Louise Mead (lsmead@msu.edu )

Fee: $35.00. Registration closes June 30th and is done through the main congress registration.  You may sign-up for this event alone (i.e. without registering for the congress). Limit: 30 participants.

     

4.

 

Student workshop: R for Biodiversity Analysis (1 pm – 5 pm, University of Ottawa campus)
An introduction to the use of the R statistical computing environment for analysis of biodiversity data. This workshop will provide a brief introduction to R, an overview of resources for ecological and evolutionary analysis in R, and give participants hands-on experience using R to analyze the evolution of species traits and the taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic diversity of ecological communities.

Instructor: Steve Kembel (University of Oregon)
Sponsors: Canadian Institute of Ecology & Evolution (CIEE) and Canadian Society for Ecology & Evolution (CSEE)

Registration is separate from the main congress registration and closes ONE WEEK before the workshop, or when capacity is reached (in which case a waitlist will be created).
Capacity = 25 people
FEE: $45 *You must be a CSEE member (join here)
Intended audience: graduate students
REGISTER HERE

Note: **Please bring your own laptop (with R software installed)
For more information contact evo2012.workshop@gmail.com.

     

5.

 

Workshop: Communicating Science to Society (10 am – 1 pm, Ottawa Rowing Club)
Whether you need to learn the basics or fine tune the dark art of science communication, this half day workshop is for you. Come for insider advice from a group of North America’s top science communicators. The session will open with evolutionary ecologist Tom Sherratt talking about his experience with the media and why he does it. The panellists will introduce an area of journalism and discuss their experiences with interviewing researchers. Then the panel discussion will expand on some of the challenges scientists face and the practical communication solutions. Finally a break-out session will allow for an interactive round table letting participants choose a topic of particular interest (how to give an interview, how to pitch a science book to a publisher, 101 for scientists using social media). The workshop will conclude with a networking session between fellow science communicators and the panellists. By the end, delegates can expect to have built a strategy as to how to effectively approach and handle different media opportunities (such as TV, radio, print & social media) and also leave with a handout of useful tips.

Hosts: Peter Calamai (Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University School of Journalism and Communication; founding member of the Canadian Science Writers' Association) and Richard Webster (Science & Communications Officer for Row to the Pole and Biology Ph.D. candidate, Carleton University)
Speakers:

  • Carl Zimmer (NYT columnist & author of A Planet of Viruses and many other best sellers)
  • Penny Park ( Producer of CBC’s Quirks & Quarks and Discovery Channel’s The Daily Planet. Now Executive Director of the Science Media Centre of Canada)
  • Elizabeth Howell Ottawa Business Journal, freelance science journalist and social media expert 
  • Tim Lougheed Freelance science journalist
  • Tom Sherratt Evolutionary ecologist, Carleton University

Sponsors: Canadian Institute of Ecology & Evolution (CIEE) and Canadian Society for Ecology & Evolution (CSEE)

Registration is separate from the main congress registration and closes ONE WEEK before the workshop, or when capacity is reached (in which case a waitlist will be created).
Capacity = 90 people
FEES (CSEE MEMBERS): $25 Students; $50 PDF/Faculty
FEES (NON-CSEE MEMBERS): $35 Students; $60 PDF/Faculty
REGISTER HERE

For more information contact evo2012.workshop@gmail.com.

 

During the congress (Saturday, July 7 – Tuesday, July 10)

(Note: with the exception of iEvoBio, these are free events and do not require prior registration; times and locations will be given in the conference program available closer to the meeting date.)

1.

 

How to get published
Sponsor: Nature Publishing Group
Host:  Roger Butlin, managing editor of Heredity
This is a lunchtime event and you can bring your boxed lunch to it.

     

2.

 

SWEEET (Symposium for Women Entering Ecology and Evolution Today)
Theme:  Knowing your options and getting the job you want: career opportunities beyond academia
For more information, see their webpage.

     

3.

 

Survival of the Fittest: Tips on How to Get a Job in Academia
Host: Daniel Promislow and Lorne Wolfe
This interactive workshop is designed for anyone who is, or will at sometime in the future, be applying for an academic position. The organizers request that this event be restricted to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. More information on the content of the workshop can be found at here. This is a lunchtime event and you can bring your boxed lunch to it.

     

4.

 

iEvoBio Satellite Conference
A two day satellite conference on Informatics for Phylogenetics, Evolution and Biodiversity that will overlap the final day of the main congress (July 10-11, 2012). iEvoBio brings biologists working in evolution, systematics, and biodiversity together with software developers and mathematicians to catalyze the development of new tools and increase awareness of the possibilities offered by existing technologies.
Registration: integrated with registration for the main congress (you may register for iEvoBio alone or together with the main meeting).

     

5.

 

NSERC Student Scholarship and Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs (presentation and Q&A)
Host: Program Officer/Administratrice de programmes
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada | Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en genie du Canada
This is a lunchtime event and you can bring your boxed lunch to it.

 

   

6.

 

NSERC Discovery Grant Program (presentation and Q&A)
Host: Program Officer/Administratrice de programmes
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada | Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en genie du Canada
This is a lunchtime event and you can bring your boxed lunch to it.

 

 

 

7.

 

Information session: European Research Council Funding Opportunities
Find out more about funding opportunities in Europe for excellent and creative scientists from any country in the world.
Sponsor: European Research Council (ERC)
Host: Carmen García-Fernández (Scientific Officer, ERC)
This is a lunchtime event and you can bring your boxed lunch to it.

     

8.

 

NSF Funding Opportunities
Host: Samuel Scheiner, Program Director - National Science Foundation
An information session on funding opportunities and program changes. You are welcome to bring your lunch to this event.

     

9.

 

The Role of Science in Policy - Informing and Engaging with Decision-Makers
Sponsor: Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution
Organizer: Leanna Lachowsky (CSEE Student/Post-Doc Councillor)
An interactive panel discussion with:

  • Ted Hsu, PhD Physics, Liberal Member of Parliament (Canada), Science & Technology Critic
  • Rees Kassen, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa, Chair of the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE), Executive Committee for the Global Young Academy
  • Jeff Kinder, Manager, Science & Technology Strategy, Natural Resources Canada

Intended audience: graduate students and pdfs

     

10.

 

Advancing Diversity in Evolution: Faculty Mentoring Panel, Discussion & Social
This Sunday evening (July 8) event is focused on increasing diversity in evolutionary biology by advancing leadership of women in the sciences. Both genders and people from all ethnic backgrounds are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. More information on this event can be found here (coming soon).
Sponsor: Society for the Study of Evolution
Host: Jenny Boughman, Michigan State University
Intended audience: faculty (note: the SWEEET workshop is targeted to pdfs and graduate students)

 

After the congress (Wednesday, July 11)

(Note: these workshops require prior registration and a fee. Attending one may require a July 12th departure.)

1.

 

iEvoBio Satellite Conference, day 2 (see above).

 

   

2.

 

Student workshop: Next generation sequencing data in ecology and evolution (9 am – 5 pm, University of Ottawa)

This workshop will be focused on using Illumina and other next-gen sequencing technology for population genetics questions, in particular assessing variation within and among populations.  We will provide detailed examples, including working through a set of Illumina data from start to finish using Unix commands.  We will address the basics of Perl scripts, AWK and Sed, which are essential for processing large datasets in novel ways.  We will start with the basics of handling NGS data - cleaning, trimming, data storage, and analyzing quality.  A brief overview of  de novo whole genome, genespace and transcriptome assembly will be provided, but the main focus will be on  reference-guided assembly and alignment tools such as BWA, GATK and Bowtie, and downstream analysis after alignment, such as assessing transcript abundance, alternative splicing, SNP variation, and various population genetic statistics.

Instructor: Nolan Kane (University of British Columbia)
Sponsors: Canadian Institute of Ecology & Evolution (CIEE) and Canadian Society for Ecology & Evolution (CSEE)

Registration is separate from the main congress registration and closes ONE WEEK before the workshop, or when capacity is reached (in which case a waitlist will be created).
Capacity = 25 people
FEE: $55  *You must be a CSEE member (join here)
Intended audience: Graduate students & PDFs
REGISTER HERE

For more information contact evo2012.workshop@gmail.com.

 

   

3.

 

Student workshop: Mathematical modelling in evolutionary ecology (9 am – 12 noon, University of Ottawa)

To most young students of evolutionary biology it comes as a surprise that the field is quite mathematically oriented. Understanding evolution requires a firm grasp of its theoretical foundation, and making statements about specific cases may require developing new models. With mathematical modeling, it is impossible to bring people from novice to expert level in one half-day workshop, but improved scientific literacy regarding theoretical work is a reasonable goal. With this goal in mind, this workshop ‘dissects’ examples from recent theoretical work. The aim is to improve students’ ability to digest theoretical papers beyond the often encountered attitude “I’ll read the introduction and the discussion only, and will trust whatever is in between”, and give some initial guidance to wannabe modellers.

Instructor: Hanna Kokko (The Australian National University)
Sponsor: American Society of Naturalists

Registration is separate from the main congress registration and closes ONE WEEK before the workshop, or when capacity is reached (in which case a waitlist will be created).
Capacity = 50 people
FEE: $40  *You must be an ASN member (join here)
Intended audience: Graduate students
REGISTER HERE

For more information contact: evo2012.workshop@gmail.com.