Notice of Upcoming Applied Biology Conference ‘From Rainforest to Reef’

We’ll be hosting this conference for a field trip!

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The 2011 AGM for the Association of Professional Biology will be held Thursday May 5, 2011 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo. Everyone is welcome to attend the AGM but only APB members may vote on the business at hand!  If you have a pressing concern or great idea that should be debated by the attending membership, make a resolution.

Resolutions must be received to the APB office by April 5th, 2011 (4pm). Our APB Resolution Policy provides further information; we ask that resolutions be unambiguous, direct and concise so that a specific action or a clear statement of beliefs is provided.

The AGM will be held in conjunction with our 6th Annual Applied Biology Conference (May 4 to 7, 2011; also at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo). The conference theme, From Rainforest to Reef will examine prevailing problems, ingenuity and successes of biology professionals working with:

  • fin- and shell-fish aquaculture;
  • fish and water stewardship;
  • sensitive area development;
  • marine habitat management;
  • species at risk;
  • invasive species; and,
  • habitat conservation.

We have some great speakers and affordable professional development courses lined up, such as Land Development in Sensitive Areas; Getting it Write: Preparing Professional Reports and Journal Publications; Habitat Restoration for Biologists; and Ethics for Biology Professionals. We are honoured to have world-renowned ecologist and research scientist, Dr. Buzz Holling, Father of the Resilience Theory, as our keynote banquet speaker. We plan to offer an artificial reef dive trip, a harbour tour, and a natural history tour. A working agenda is posted on the APB website and will be updated frequently. Registration will open in late February.

From Rainforest to Reef will include a trade-show and poster sessions. Poster space is free for students and non-commercial exhibits. To showcase your products and/or services, sponsor an event, or show-off your latest project or research please email us; for all other conference-related questions, please email our AABC Chair.

We look forward to seeing you in May!

Al Peatt, RPBio
2011 AABC Chair


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