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May 10: Important conference updates

The following message was emailed to all people who were registered for the conference as of May 2:

NSERC Discovery Grant Information Session

Tuesday June 13th, 11:50 - 12:35

This session will present an overview of the application process for NSERC Discovery Grant funding, and address common misperceptions surrounding the evaluation of applications for grant funding. Details of how Evaluation Group (EG) members employ the "Conference Model" to bin grant applications, and how those bins are translated into funding awarded will be of particular interest to Early Career Researchers, but there will also be ample time for participants, including Established Researchers, to ask questions of experienced former members of NSERC EG 1503 (Evolution and Ecology) and NSERC Senior Program Officer Brenda MacMurray. In that this session will occur within the 90-minute lunch break, participants can order a boxed lunch provided by the RBC Convention Centre to eat during the session for $35 (taxes and gratuities included; e-mail us at: to reserve a boxed lunch), or forage opportunistically from a nearby food truck or restaurant in the 40 minutes between the end of this session and the start of the afternoon plenary presentations.

Breaking Poster News

We are offering an option for all poster presenters (in-person or remote) to upload a pdf copy of their poster into Pheedloop (the conference registration app) so that it is visible to registered delegates during the conference and for 3 months following the conference. We encourage all poster presenters to use this option to create additional opportunities for dialogue with other delegates during and after the conference. Please prepare a pdf at a maximum of 3 MB. Instructions to upload posters will be posted on the conference website by June 1st.

For in-person posters, the recommended size for your poster is 36” high, 42” wide (91 cm high, 107 cm wide) with a maximum height of 40” (102 cm) and maximum width of 44” (112 cm) (landscape format).


Spaces are still available in June 11 workshops including Communicating Science on Social Media; Publishing for Early-Career Researchers; Establishing a Long-Term Research Network; and several aspects of R. Check out the workshop descriptions on the website, then contact us to say which you’d like to take (

Wildlife Acoustics is offering a workshop during lunch on June 12, “Turning Sound into Discovery: Using Wildlife Audio Recorders as a Valuable Research Tool”. Contact us by Monday, May 15 if you would like to register for this workshop.

Field Trips and Lunch at The Forks (June 11)

Room is still available for the out-of-town field trip to the Brokenhead Fen Wetland Trail, with myriad orchids should be in flower. Or have a relaxed morning as you take the short in-town morning tour, “History of the Forks”, that recounts the histories of the First Nations who traded at The Forks for millennia, details the arrival of outsiders who charted this territory for Europe, and tells the story of the Métis Nation, which shaped what would ultimately become Manitoba during the fur trade era. Check out these field trip options on the website, then contact us to say which you’d like to take (

Conference attendees are invited to meet at The Common at The Forks between 12 and 2 pm, a relaxing gathering place at the Junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, where you can find many inexpensive and tasty food options to purchase for lunch (many beverage options too) and visit with other conference attendees.

Public Plenary If you would like an additional ticket for a companion to attend the Public Plenary, being held at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on June 13 evening, let us know (

Closing Soirée at Patio 340

We encourage you to attend the Closing Soirée, being held at a casual outdoor venue in Winnipeg’s French Quarter, le patio 340. Dinner will be catered by The Feast Café, a First Nations owned and operated restaurant and catering service that offers delicious cuisine with locally sourced ingredients, and is heavily engaged with the West End Community in Winnipeg. Following dinner and a live auction, the Franco-Manitobain and Métis band Ça Claque will play, accompanied by traditional dancers and, we expect, by many of you! To indicate your interest in attending the Soiree, complete the form at this link, or send an email to

Remember to check the conference website (News and Updates blog) or twitter and mastodon for regular updates.

We look forward to seeing you in Winnipeg this June!

The CSEE-CBA 2023 local organizing committee


Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution AND Canadian Botanical Association

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