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Canadian Society of Plant Biologists
The Canadian Society of Plant Biologists/La Societé canadienne de biologie végétale comprises
undergraduate and graduate students as well as professional scientists. Members have interests
in: genomics, molecular and cell biology, bioinformatics, biotechnology, plant development,
biochemistry, natural products, metabolism, proteomics, metabolomics, physiology, physiological
ecology, adaptations to biotic and abiotic stress, development of research techniques and
equipment, and education. Members of the CSPB are engaged in basic and applied research,
undergraduate and graduate education, management, extension, and the design and manufacture of
scientific equipment. Society members are employed in academic institutions, government research
institutes, and private industry. There are a significant number of international members, and
also corporate members. The CSPB is the largest plant science organization in Canada, with
approximately 400 members.
The Canadian Society of Plant Biologists was founded in 1958 as the Canadian Society of Plant
Physiologists/La Societé canadienne de physiologie végétale, and grew out of informal meetings
and conferences earlier in the 1950s; in 2012 the Society adopted its present name. The Society
is a not-for-profit organization and a registered charity, and is a founding member of both
Plant Canada and the
Global Plant Council. It is also a member of the
Partnership Group for Science and Engineering.
Botany, published by NRC Press, is the official journal of both the CSPB and the Canadian
The Society organizes a national Annual Conference, and also one to two Regional Conferences
per year. The Annual Conference is often held in conjunction with other plant biology societies.
An important CSPB mandate is to promote the participation of early career scientists, including
students and postdoctoral fellows, and also younger academic, government and private sector scientists.
This includes encouraging oral presentations by students and post-doctoral fellows at our regional
and national conferences, as well as numerous awards for graduate students or younger scientists
including: The Ann Oaks Doctoral Scholarship, The Ragai Ibrahim Award for best student publication,
generous Duff Conference Travel Bursaries to help students and postdoctoral fellows to attend the
Annual Conference, substantial cash prizes for the best student oral and poster conference presentations,
as well as the prestigious CD Nelson Award that recognizes CSPB’s most outstanding early career plant
biologists. Additional Society awards for research and service to the plant sciences include the
Society (Gold) Medal for lifetime scientific achievement, the David Gifford Award for exceptional
research contributions in Tree Biology, and the Gleb Krotkov Award for outstanding service to the Society.
News | Nouvelles
The 2013 Eastern Region annual meeting at UTM was
a great success! The organizing committee and all the awesome volunteers are to be commended on a well run
meeting. Thanks also to the meeting sponsors
GeneQ Scientific Instruments,
Hoskins Scientific and
The 2014 CSPB/SCBV annual conference will be held in conjunction with
the American Society of Plant Biologists, in Portland, Oregon, July 12-16, 2014.
The CSPP/SCPV is 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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