The Environment Canada Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) Team and the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, University of Guelph, co-hosted the 3nd biennial CABIN Science Forum on December 2-3, 2014 in Guelph, Ontario. Previous science forums were held in Vancouver, BC in 2010 and Fredericton, NB in 2012. The 2-day forum (agenda) included themed sessions with short presentations by CABIN partners, followed by discussion periods. The forum also included tours of the facilities of the University of Guelph’s Biodiversity Institute and Centre for Biodiversity Genomics. One of the main themes was “Biomonitoring 2.0: Genomics and its application in Biomonitoring”. In total, over 70 attendees from industry, government, and academia were in attendance with nearly 100 more participating via web conference.
Plenary speakers from Canada, USA, and China came to present some of their recent genomic biomonitoring research and participate in the discussion, including:
The discussion of genomics and biomonitoring gets lively.
Bio2 team member, Shadi Shokralla, leads forum attendees through a tour of the University of Guelph lab facilities.