Ontario Biology Day is an incredible and unique research and networking opportunity for biology students approaching the completion of their undergraduate careers. Each year, students taking part in capstone research projects gather to communicate their passion and the value of their research. Experience gained from presenting and defending research in a conference setting trains students for challenges they will face not just in research, but in all career paths they may follow.
Ontario Biology Day 2017
March 18–19, 2017
Science North Vale Cavern
100 Ramsey Lake Road,
935 Ramsey Lake Road,
1200 Paris Street
A group rate has been secured for Saturday March 18th at the Travelway Inn
Name of group: OBD Convention – 2017 | Group code : 274011
Chantal Barriault, Ph. D.
Chantal Barriault is the director of the Science Communication Graduate Program offered jointly by Laurentian University and Science North in Sudbury, Ontario. She recently completed her PhD in Science Education at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. Her doctoral research focused on documenting and assessing the potential impact of live animal exhibits on visitor learning which resulted in the development of the Visitor-Based Learning Framework for Animal Exhibits. Chantal spent most of her early career working at Science North, engaging visitors with science exhibits, live animals and programs. Throughout her 25-year career at Science North she led many science communication projects including teacher training, education programs, live theatre science shows and exhibit development. She also led visitor studies and learning impact research for Science North, its programs and its travelling exhibits.
Bob McDonald is one of Canada’s best known science journalists and has been the host of the CBC program Quirks and Quarks since 1992. His unique ability to bring cutting edge science, and the people behind it, to the general public have made this show a huge success with nearly 800,000 Canadians tuning in every week. Bob is also a regular science commentator on CBC News Network, and science correspondent for CBC TV’s The National. He is a renowned author, with his books having been shortlisted for the Canadian Science Writers Association Award. He has also received numerous science awards from NSERC, 9 honorary degrees, and is an officer of the Order of Canada.
Bob McDonald will deliver the keynote address at the Saturday night banquet at Science North in the Vale Cavern.
Greg Ross, Ph. D.
Dr. Gregory Ross, PhD, is a biomedical research scientist specializing in disorders of the nervous system. Prior to joining the Northern Ontario School of Medicine as Associate Dean, Research, Greg was on the faculty of Queen’s University in Kingston, and earlier trained at McMaster University in Hamilton. Dr. Ross’ research is focused on the influence of environmental factors on brain disease, and he has study sites throughout Ontario and in other regions of Canada. He holds several grants to support his research, including awards from the ALS Society of Canada, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Greg is very active in the Canadian biotechnology sector, and serves on many advisory boards and review panels, at both provincial and national levels. He is the scientific founder of two successful biotechnology companies in Canada, and is the recipient of a national scholarship for research excellence.
Early Bird Registration
until February 17th, 2017
Registration & Abstract Submission
until March 3rd, 2017
Registration includes meals and coffee breaks, admission to all talks, and the Saturday night banquet at Science North.
Oral Presentation Instructions
Please prepare a 10-12 minute PowerPoint oral presentation. The remaining 3-5 minutes will be left for questions from the audience. Presentations should be prepared in Powerpoint format and available on USB key. This will facilitate uploading in the presenter preparation room prior to your session.
Poster Presentation Instructions
Poster boards accommodate a maximum size of 48” wide by 36” tall. Please bring all required materials for attaching your poster to the provided poster boards. Posters should be setup when you arrive on Saturday.