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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 Botanical Association.

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 UTM, BioChambers, WALZ, Qubit Systems, GeneQ Scientific Instruments, Hoskins Scientific and Norgen Biotek.

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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