NorthWest Algal Symposium 2012
11-13 May 2012
Vancouver, BC Canada
Save the date! The 26th NorthWest Algal Symposium (NWAS) will meet this year from May 11-13, 2012 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. The University of British Columbia has a long history of phycological research and continues to be a world-renowned centre for research on microalgae, macroalgae, and "protists".
The Program and Abstracts book can now be downloaded!
ABSTRACT AND REGISTRATION
Due April 13, 2012
We are now accepting Abstracts and Registration Forms for the 2012 NWAS Meeting
The 26th NorthWest Algal Symposium (NWAS) will meet this year from May 11-13, 2012 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. The University of British Columbia has a long history of phycological research and continues to be a world-renowned centre for research on microalgae, macroalgae, and "protists".
British Columbia is famous for its natural beauty, and many biologists find their inspiration nearby. Surrounded by water, beaches and forests, the University sits on a peninsula that extends out into the Strait of Georgia at the far west side of Vancouver. Rivers, bogs, and mountains are just a short drive away, and the wave-swept coastlines of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands are just a short ferry ride away. Here is a map to tempt you: http://g.co/maps/mx3pc
NWAS will be held at the new Beaty Biodiversity Museum (http://beatymuseum.ubc.ca/). The museum houses all of UBC's biological collections, including plants, invertebrates, fish, birds, insects, and fossils. The opening NWAS reception on Friday evening (May 11) will be held under the blue whale skeleton in the museum atrium, and Friday's welcome address will be given by Dr. Tom Mumford. On Saturday, the museum will be open to the public, so I suspect NWAS attendees will have ample opportunity to show people why they are passionate about algae.
The symposium will include both oral and poster presentations covering any aspect of microalgal, macroalgal, or protist research. Since its inception, NWAS has provided an excellent forum for the exchange of information and ideas in a relaxed and informal setting; long term algal aficionados and novices alike are encouraged to participate. Undergraduate and graduate students are most welcome! Awards will be presented for the best student poster and best oral presentation.
Please see attached Registration Form. Registration forms should be printed out and mailed in with your registration fee. Registration fees are $110 for students and $150 for non-students. On the registration form, you will have a chance to sign up for a free lunchtime round-table discussion, "Teaching students about macroalgae", led by Annette Olson. And you will have a chance to pre-order your fashion-forward NWAS 2012 t-shirt and mug (see attached designs). Registration is due April 13, 2012.
Please see attached instructions for submitting abstracts. In short, presentation abstracts should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with ABSTRACT in the subject line. Abstracts are due April 13, 2012.
Student Financial Assistance
Please see attached instructions for applying for Student Financial Assistance. Student participation in NWAS is highly valued. We are pleased to provide awards to help selected students pay for travel, housing, and registration. Applications for student financial aid are due April 13, 2012.
Limited accommodations have been set aside at UBC, but it is your responsibility to reserve and pay for your own room. Housing costs are NOT included with the registration fees. Reservations must be made by April 11, 2012. Please use the following link to reserve your room:
Banquet and Plenary Address
Saturday evening (May 12) there will be a catered banquet on campus. This year's plenary address will be given by Dr. Chris Harley, who will regale us with stories of his research studying the effects of climate change on seaweeds and other less-photosynthetic things. The evening will also include an auction of phycological memorabilia to raise funds for student travel and registration assistance. The cost of the banquet is included in the registration fees.
The phycological collections at UBC are extensive and very well curated, representing approximately 67,000 specimens that have been collected from the NW Pacific and around the world. Information about the herbarium can be found here: http://www.beatymuseum.ubc.ca/herbarium/index.html Although the museum is open on the weekend, participants wishing to access the research collections are recommended to make an appointment with Linda Jennings (email@example.com).
Spread the word!
Please forward this email widely -- all are welcome. Future announcements will be circulated to ALGAE-L and the NWAS website (http://www.nwasalgae.org/). Also, consider joining the NWAS Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/groups/87186521738/).
T-shirts and mugs can be purchased via the registration form. See mug design above, and t-shirt design here:
Spread the word!
Please forward this URL widely -- all are welcome. Future announcements will be circulated to ALGAE-L and the NWAS website (http://www.nwasalgae.org/). Also, consider joining the NWAS Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/groups/87186521738/).