Coronavirus - Covid 19
The organizing committee is working to prepare an online, webcast and interactive version of the conference with oral presentation and poster sessions, held over one or two days, next June 1 and / or 2.
We will be working with online registrations and each participant will receive a username and a token to access the various conferences events. Registration will be open next week!
All of our plans have changed over the last weeks. If you NOW would be interested in participating remotely at the CBA-ABC conference, we are re-opening the call for abstracts! You can submit your abstracts until April 15th.Submit abstract
The meeting will be hosted by the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) in Rouyn-Noranda, Québec. With approximately 40,000 residents, Rouyn-Noranda is the largest city in this region of Québec. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the boreal forest, the city offers multiple opportunities for experiencing the outdoors as well as a large offer of cultural activities.
June 4 2020
Departure from Rouyn-Noranda 8:00 am, return 5:00 pm (exact times to be confirmed)
Organizers : Annie DesRochers et Sophie Laliberté
Number of participants: Minimum (5) & Maximum (45)
Cost: $90 (tx. incl.) https://lepointdevente.com/billets/abc-cba2020amos
Discover the fauna from Abitibi-Témiscamingue’s boreal forest by visiting the Refuge Pageau. This establishment welcomes injured or in need wild animals with an aim of rehabilitation in order to release them back in the wild. When release is not possible, the shelter provides long-term shelter for these animals. The guided tour is therefore an incredible opportunity to learn more about the animals of the region, to observe them closely and to encourage their recovery. In the afternoon, La Grande Ourse honey house opens its doors to discover the fabulous world of beekeeping thanks to a beekeeping Safari. Certified organic, it is with passion that this small business in the region takes advantage of market garden plants and wild flowers of the region to produce delicious honey.
June 4 2020
Departure from Rouyn-Noranda 8:00 am, return 10:00 pm (exact times to be confirmed)
Organizer : Nicole Fenton
Number of participants: Minimum (5) & Maximum (15)
Cost: $100 (tx. incl.) https://lepointdevente.com/billets/abc-cba2020temiscamingue
Put your expertise to good use during this bioblitz at Parc national Opémican in Témiscamingue. This brand new protected area will benefit from the passage of botanists in the region through this activity where we will try to document the presence of as many species as possible, mainly plants but not exclusively! We welcome any other expertise! This breathtakingly beautiful park will charm you. And what better way to reward yourself for the work accomplished than a country-style supper at Éden Rouge, a small company that combines market gardening and catering and which has the mission of highlighting regional products through a menu brimming with freshness and flavors.
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Walking tour of Rouyn-Noranda
June 4 2020
Departure from UQAT on foot at 9:00 am, return around 12:00 pm
Number of participants: Minimum (5)
Cost: Free https://lepointdevente.com/billets/abc-cba2020rn
Discover the city of Rouyn-Noranda by walking through its streets (~ 4 km roundtrip walk). A visit to the Parc à Fleurs d'Eau, a botanical and mineralogical park, will allow you to see all the horticultural potential of the region, often overlooked, with its 25,000 plants. The Édouard Pond, in the center of the park, is a great place to watch waterfowl. Then, a visit to Maison Dumulon, the city's first general store, will provide you with information on the history of Rouyn and Noranda, and more broadly, of Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Maison Dumulon offers free bicycle rental to go around Lake Osisko on the 7km cycle path, a beautiful ride partly urban and partly in nature. It is also possible to rent a boat (pedal boat, canoe, kayak) at a low cost to enjoy the lake and its attractions. A return to UQAT is planned around noon, but participants are welcome to stay in downtown Rouyn to explore for the afternoon.
June 4 2020
Departure from the UQAT campus in the morning and return at the end of the day (precise hours to be determined)
Field trip leaders: Julie Arseneault and Juanita Rodriguez
Number of participants: Minimum (5) & Maximum (45)
Cost: $45 (tx. incl.) https://lepointdevente.com/billets/abc-cba2020kekeko
Discover many species at their northern limit of distribution in the Kékékos Hills. These hills, about 15 minutes outside of Rouyn-Noranda, are an important attraction for outdoor enthusiasts. About 15 trails are accessible year-round. They offer a variety of difficulty levels and hiking length. The many trails will allow you to explore different ecosystems and discover many species at the northern edge of their range. The bravest may even swim in one of the two mountain lakes.
For more information (in French):
4-7 June (4 days)
Departure from Rouyn-Noranda early on the 4th and return late on the 7th
Field trip leaders: Mélanie Jean and Sophie Laliberté
Number of participants: Minimum (5) & Maximum (15)
Cost: $1150 (tx. incl.) https://lepointdevente.com/billets/abc-cba2020jamesbay
This 4-day and roughly 2000 km field trip will bring you through the boreal forest and forest tundra of Quebec from Rouyn-Noranda to the Cree communities of Waskaganish and Chisasibi on James Bay, as well as to the impressive hydroelectric dams of Hydro Québec on the La Grande River. Traditional activities are planned with members of the Cree communities in both Cree communities. We will visit the Robert-Bourassa hydroelectric installations (LG-2 central, dam and spillway), the largest energy producing complex in North America that produces half of Quebec's electricity. In addition, we will explore the Center for Northern Studies Research station in Radisson and discover some of the interesting plants and ecosystem processes associated with this area of the boreal forest. This tour is partially organized by Eeyou Istchee Baie-James Travel.
All expenses during the trip are covered (food and accommodation). Further details will be communicated with the participants once the final number of attendees is known. If you have questions regarding this trip, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this workshop, we will introduce popular R packages for the visualization (ggplot2) and transformation (dplyr) of tabular data. We will use RMarkdown to combine text, code and output into reproducible research documents.
Instructors : Philippe Marchand, Animesh Ghose and Kobra Maleki
Requirements: Basic familiarity with the R programming language and RStudio programming interface. Participants must bring their laptops with recent versions of R and RStudio installed.
In this workshop, participants will learn how to (1) simplify data reshaping operations with the tidyr package and (2) use loops and functional programming tools like the purrr package to automate the application of the same processing and analysis steps to multiple data sources.
Instructors : Philippe Marchand, Animesh Ghose and Kobra Maleki
Requirements: This workshop is designed for experienced R users, as well as participants of the morning's R workshop. Participants must bring their laptops with recent versions of R and RStudio installed.
Think you are finally ready to submit a manuscript to a journal? This workshop will provide you with tips on how to prepare a manuscript for submission to a journal and maximize your chances of obtaining positive reviews. We will review a handy checklist to make sure that you do everything you need to before pressing the submit button. A quick look behind the scenes will reveal what happens to your work once it hits the desk of an Editor. Christian Lacroix is Editor in chief of the journal Botany (formerly Canadian Journal of Botany) published by Canadian Science Publishing (formerly NRC Research Press). Since 2011, Dr. Lacroix has reviewed and made decisions on over 3,500 manuscripts.
Instructor: Christian Lacroix
Bryophytes constitute an important part of boreal forest biodiversity, but are notoriously tricky to identify. This workshop offers you an initiation to the identification of the main groups of bryophytes that are present in the Abitibi region. With the help of identification keys, reference documents, microscopes and the support of bryologists, the participants of this workshop will be able to identify different species of Sphagnum, liverworts and true bryophytes. Come and discover the marvelous wonders hidden under your feet!
Instructor: Nicole Fenton
The Abitibi landscape is characterized by a large glaciolacustrine plain, composed of clay and sand, through which emerge till-covered hills. These superficial deposits influence the development of plant assemblages, as well as land management (forestry and agriculture). Through this workshop, participants will discover a variety of plant-soil associations in Abitibi and how these associations have influenced land use and development through the years.
Instructor: Benoit Lafleur
Requirements: This workshop will take place regardless of the weather, so bring a rain jacket, rain boots, and clothing appropriate for either a cold rainy or a hot sunny day!
This workshop will show the potential of Dendrochonology as a method to reconstruct the history of forest ecosystems: their growth patterns, the disturbance regimes, and the climate interactions over time. We will present at the Duparquet experimental forest the required equipment in the field and in the lab, as well as basic concepts and techniques to interpret tree-rings with real examples. Are you ready to read tree-rings and discover the secrets of forest ecosystems?
Instructor: Miguel Montoro Girona et Fabio Gennaretti
*Lunch is not included. If you would like to have a meal provided before the workshop, you can buy a ticket for it for an additional $12 https://lepointdevente.com/billets/abc-cba2020lunch31
The workshop will introduce participants to advanced techniques in dendroecology in three sections. The first section will be a brief presentation on basic dendrochronological techniques. The second section will present a series of methods to better analyse climate-growth relationships. In this section, participants will learn where to find and how to use relevant software, including CooRecorder, CDendro, COFECHA, CRUST, ClimateNA and dplR. In the third section, participants will have the opportunity to discuss their data and their work. If interested, participants can bring their laptops to the workshop.
Instructor: Raphael Chavardès
A wide range of lodging options is available in Rouyn-Noranda. From charming bed and breakfasts to luxury hotels, urban studios or student residences, everyone will find something that suits their needs and budget!
Student residences from the Cégep
Located very close to the UQAT campus, the cégep residences include little apartments with 3-4 single bedrooms, living room, kitchen and bathroom.
Address: 737, 747, 757, 767 rue Tardif Est, Rouyn-Noranda (Québec) J9X 5R5 https://www.cegepat.qc.ca/etudiants/services-etudiants/logements/logements-2/comment-reserver/
Student residences from UQAT
Located very close to the UQAT campus, these residences offer single rooms and two bedroom apartments.
Contact: Martin Gibson, directeur Courriel : email@example.com
Telephone Rouyn-Noranda (principal) : 819 762-0971 ext 4395
Telephone Val-d'Or (secondaire) : 819 874-8728 ext 4395
More information regarding reservations for both student residences will be available soon.
Complexe hôtelier DeVille
In the heart of downtown Rouyn-Noranda, the Deville Hotel hosts a concept of accommodation focused on the comfort of its guests, close to the main points of interest of the sector. We offer many services to our guests, from lunch and parking included in each rental, to meeting rooms and catering. The Deville Hotel Hub is the largest hotel complex in the city thanks to its affiliation with the Best Western Plus Hotel, connected by an internal footbridge. The complex has 100 bedrooms, for a total of 158 beds.
95, avenue Horne
Telephone: 819 762-0725 (toll free 1 888 828-0725)
At Best Western Plus Hotel Albert, we offer our guests a peaceful and comfortable experience in the heart of Rouyn-Noranda's vibrant downtown. Completely renovated with Canadian furniture, our hotel will immerse you in a uniquely elegant and modern environment.
84, avenue Principale
Telephone: 1 819 762-3545
Motel le Mistral
Located at the entrance to the city of Rouyn-Noranda, Motel Mistral has 48 rooms in total, including classic rooms, bachelors, two studios and a large apartment.
Book your room at the Mistral Motel before May 1, 2020 to take advantage of a preferential rate. Motel le mistral offers us rooms with two double beds, regardless of the number of occupants, for a rate of 115$ per night, Mention that you come for the conference of the botanical association to benefit from the discount.
903 Larivière Rouyn-Noranda, Québec
Telephone: 819 762-0884
Gîte le Passant B&B
We welcome you to our home while visiting our beautiful region, the heart of the vast spaces of Abitibi-Temiscamingue. We are located in the mining center of Quebec known as the national copper capital. This lush region is known for its quality of life. Your visit will be tranquil and peaceful as you relax in one of our large, warmly decorated rooms, or indulge in the luxury of our suite with a panoramic view.
Michel Bellehumeur, propriétaire
489 Rue Perreault E, Rouyn-Noranda, QC J9X 3C7
6XQV+8X Noranda, Rouyn-Noranda, QC
Telephone (819) 762-9827
Fax: (819) 762-3820
B&B les Matins Tranquilles
Located by the Osisko lake, close to the main points of interest of Rouyn-Noranda, the Gîte offers you a relaxing place in the heart of the town. A complimentary kitchen is available for the visitors who stay for more than one day. Shared bathroom and water closet. The Gîte is completely non-smoker. Les Matins Tranquille offers single rooms or group locations (max. 8 persons/group).
Hôtesse Doris Gervais
411 rue Perreault Est
Telephone: 819 797 0924
Furnished studios available with single or double occupancy. Many locations available in downtown Rouyn-Noranda (see table below).
|Le Central||Le chic urbain||Le contemporain||Le citadin|
|28, rue Gamble O.||155, av.Principale||300, av. Principale||45-A, rue Perreault E.|
Société immobilière Tri-Logis inc.
151, avenue Principale
Rouyn-Noranda (Québec) J9X 4P6
Telephone: 819 762-3435
Fax : 819 762-3443
You can get to Rouyn-Noranda by plane by arriving at the Rouyn-Noranda Regional Airport, which is located a short 20 minutes drive/taxi to UQAT. http://www.ville.rouyn-noranda.qc.ca/en/page/airport/
Alternatively, the closest airports are:
Flight companies with service to Rouyn-Noranda airport:
There is a bus compagnie that connect Rouyn-Noranda to Montreal and North Bay. https://autobusmaheux.com/
Do you wish to have an organised transport from Montréal, Timmins (Ontario) or Val d'Or airports to Rouyn-Noranda? Contact us and, according to demand, we might be able to accommodate you!
details to come
Your support will help to make this a memorable and successful event!
For over 50 years the Canadian Botanical Association (CBA/ABC) has brought together researchers, professors and pro-fessionals working in a broad range of botanical fields, including physiology, genetics, taxonomy and phylogeny, mycolo-gy, plant development, and ecology. During the annual meeting, 80-120 motivated and engaged members gather to share insights on the latest research across these broad fields and hear inspiring presentations by world experts in botanical re-search, plants being at the base of almost all ecosystems.
With the theme: Heading north: botany in Canada's boreal biomes, this edition of the annual meeting of the CBA/ABC will be held in Rouyn-Noranda from May 31st to June 4th 2020 represents an opportunity for the region to charm visitors from across Canada with its economic opportunities and tourism offers, along with allowing participants to experience the natu-ral beauty of the boreal forest of Abitibi-Témiscamingue and become familiar with the proximity of the First Nations.
In order to offer a complete and enriching experience through field trips and workshops, the quality of guest speakers, or the food services offered, significant expenses are expected for this event. We are seeking your financial support in this major national meeting to help us reduce registration costs and thus maximize participation. By supporting this event, you will contribute directly to the advancement of knowledge related to plants, since an event of this scale allows a vital net-working between researchers. In this respect, we offer you a detailed visibility plan on the following page. Please note that If no financial contribution is possible, you can still contribute on duty such as preparing for lunch/coffee breaks, accommo-dation, transportation, material resources, donation for the auction, etc.
To know our team
The CBA offers multiple opportunities for student awards! Check on their website: https://www.cba-abc.ca/awards.htm for more information on how to apply and what the eligibility criteria are.
Application deadline: April 15, 2020 (last day for “early bird” registration)
These awards are given for the best oral and poster presentation during the meeting. Students need to be present at the meeting in Rouyn-Noranda to be eligible. All students who wish to compete for this award must indicate this by checking the appropriate box on the abstract submission form.
Application deadline: April 15, 2020 (last day “early bird” registration).
These awards provide funds to assist travel costs for graduate (Macoun Travel Bursary) or undergraduate (Winterhalder Travel Award) students members of CBA and presenting talks or posters in the oral and poster presentation competitions at the annual CBA-ABC meeting. No student may receive more than one travel bursary while registered for the same degree. Procedures for application are outlined here.
Note: at least $4000.00 will be awarded to students who attend the 2020 meeting, apportioned by the number of applications and the distance travelled by each student.
Application deadline: March 31, 2020.
These awards are given to students for a paper they have published in 2019:
Jacques Cayouette was born in Lévis, Québec in 1944. Following his studies at the Collège de Lévis (1955-1963), he was awarded from Laval University master's degrees in pastoral theology (1969) and plant ecology (1979), and a Ph.D. in plant cytology (1984). He taught botany at Laval in the late 1970s, and since 1984 has been employed as a botanical research scientist at the Ottawa Research and Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. His expertise includes systematics of Canadian grasses and sedges, especially the genera Poa, Bromus, Carex and Eriophorum, with specialization on natural hybridization within these genera. Dr. Cayouette has studied plants of naturally open habitats, notably those of arctic-alpine, shoreline, and alvar environments. He participates in protection of native plant germplasm as a member of a Québec government advisory committee. He has contributed to new editions of Flora of North America, Québec Flore laurentienne, and Flore nordique du Québec et du Labrador. One of his main interests is the history of the botanical exploration of Québec and Labrador, with a notable contribution to the book À la Découverte du Nord (2014) for which he was awarded the Lawson Medal in 2019. He also co-authored four volumes of Curieuses histoires de plantes du Canada (2014, 2015, 2017, 2019) which document from 1000-1935 the discovery and the uses of plants in New France, early British regimes in Canada and Confederation beginnings mainly in Québec.
Julissa Roncal, Sander Bennett Boisen, Michael Burzynski
Memorial University of Newfoundland
The ability to infer community assembly processes from phylogenetic distance patterns of its taxa is challenging due to strong assumptions such as the binary evolution (convergence or conserved) of all traits of all taxa in a community, and that assembly processes influence all lineages in a similar fashion. We relax these two assumptions by examining clade-specific phylogenetic structure in six plant habitat pools present within the island of Newfoundland, Canada. We hypothesized that the phylogenetic structure of plant habitats is clade-specific and contingent on phylogenetic scale, with clustering at shallow nodes of the habitat phylogenetic tree, and evenness at deep nodes because traits tend to be convergent with time. By studying habitat types, we moved
beyond the traditional community plot of phylogenetic community ecology. One habitat showed no significant phylogenetic structuring, two habitats showed contrasting phylogenetic patterns of evenness and clustering according to our expectation, while two others showed the opposite. These results demonstrate that clade-specific patterns of phylogenetic distance can detect shifts in assembly processes across phylogenetic scales, or that different lineages may vary in their response to the same assembly process. Members of a phylogenetically clustered and shallow clade were all stress-tolerant strategists as inferred from three leaf traits, suggesting that environmental filtering is shaping the assembly from the regional into the habitat pool at least for some clades. Pairwise phylogenetic similarity between habitats was not indicative of habitat pairs with shared patterns of clade-specific clustering and evenness, and thus cannot be used to find common assembly forces among communities.