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Draft New Constitution
Canadian Society of Plant Biologists
Aug. 3, 2012
At last year’s CSPP Annual Business Meeting in Halifax our membership voted in favour of a motion to
update the name of our Society to: "The Canadian Society of Plant Biologists/La Société canadianne de
biologie végétale". This name change reflects remarkable growth in basic plant science research that
integrates cutting-edge and rapidly evolving tools of genomics, bioinformatics, molecular biology,
proteomics, metabolomics, cell biology, biochemistry, and physiology to better understand key aspects
of plant and tree development, evolution, metabolism, and adaptation to the environment. It is hoped
that our new name will encourage all graduate students and scientists conducting basic plant science
research in Canada to join and participate in this society - irrespective of the tools or approaches
that they are using. I will continue to work with the CSPB/SCBV executive and membership to uphold
this society as a leading voice for fundamental plant science research in Canada. I look forward to
receiving the membership’s perspectives and suggestions for building our society whose ultimate objective
is the promotion of internationally recognized Canadian research and education in the basic plant sciences.
The 2012 CSPB/SCBV Annual General Meeting that was recently held at the Univ. of Alberta in Edmonton
was one of the best organized and attended meetings of this society that I’ve ever had the pleasure
to participate in. I would like to acknowledge the very considerable efforts of U of A’s Janice Cooke
and Mike Deyholos (and their small army of dedicated volunteers) for doing such an outstanding job
organizing this meeting and the accompanying program. It was particularly gratifying for me to see
so many outstanding oral and poster presentations by CSPB/SCBV student members. Our society awarded
about $10,000 in Duff Travel bursaries so that students and post-docs from all parts of this vast
country could attend and participate in this exceptional meeting.
The 2012 CSPB/SCBV Eastern Regional Meeting has been scheduled with a Plant Development Workshop for
Fri., Nov. 30 and Sat. Dec. 1 at Wilfrid Laurier Univ. The Theme for this meeting is “Symbiosis” and
the local organizing committee (chaired by Allison McDonald) has already begun assembling what appears
to be a very interesting program. The 2013 CSPB/SCBV Annual General Meeting will be held June 25-28 at the Univ.
of Laval in beautiful Quebec City (many thanks to the local organizing committee chaired
by Line Lapointe). Planning is well underway and information about the conference will be forwarded to
the CSPB/SCBV membership in due course.
Best wishes to all,
News | Nouvelles
CSPB/SCBV Annual meeting in Quebec City
is fast approaching! The early registration deadline is April 15th! The deadline for abstract submission for
oral presentations is also April 15th. Poster abstracts have until May 15th. Get over to the conference
website and register now!
The CSPP/SCPV is now a member of The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE),
a cooperative association of more than 25 national organizations in Science and Engineering, representing approximately 50,000
individual members from the industry, academia, and government sectors.
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