Graduate Symposium

The annual Biology Graduate Symposium (BGS) brings together a diverse breadth of exciting research taking place in the Department of Biology.

The BGS provides an opportunity for graduate and post-doctoral trainees from the natural and health sciences to showcase, discuss, and celebrate their research with other students, faculty, and staff. This poster symposium prepares both junior and senior trainees for conferences by encouraging communication and networking skills under a laid-back and intimate setting.

Date: Thursday September 5, 2019

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Katie Gibbs

All graduate students, faculty, and staff interested in attending must register in advance.

Abstract submission is closed.

New for this year’s symposium, a panel of judges will select the best six abstracts to give a 10 minute oral presentation. Keynote speaker Dr. Katie Gibbs will guest judge the talks. Separate prizes will be awarded for the talks.

  • 1st and 2nd place for environmental poster
  • 1st and 2nd place for life science poster
  • 1st and 2nd place for best talk


Dr. Katie Gibbs: Science in the age of misinformation

Katie Gibbs

What role do scientists play in a political environment that is increasingly polarized and influenced by misinformation? Dr. Katie Gibbs, Executive Director of Evidence for Democracy, will give an overview of the current state of science policy in Canada highlighting progress made over the past four years and what this means in a context of growing anti-science movements in Canada and around the world. Dr. Gibbs will share concrete way for scientists to engage on science issues heading into a critical federal election, and how they can have lasting policy impact.

Biography: Katie Gibbs is a scientist, organizer and advocate for science and evidence-based policies. While completing her Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa in Biology, she was one of the lead organizers of the ‘Death of Evidence’—one of the largest science rallies in Canadian history. Katie co-founded Evidence for Democracy, Canada’s leading, national, non-partisan, and not-for-profit organization promoting science and the transparent use of evidence in government decision making. Her ongoing success in advocating for the restoration of public science in Canada has made Katie a go-to resource for national and international media outlets including Science, The Guardian and the Globe and Mail. Katie has also been involved in international efforts to increase evidence-based decision-making and advises science integrity movements in other countries.

Poster Presentation Information

  • Maximum poster size is 120 x 120 cm (4 x 4 feet)
  • You should plan to be available at your poster for the entire session
  • Specific times of the presentations will be sent out with the abstract booklet closer to the date
  • For poster printing we recommend CanCADD Imaging Solutions (mention you are a UBC Okanagan student for a discount)
  • Questions? Contact Julien Gibon


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