March 8-10, 2024

2024 Biology and Applied Aquatic Sciences (BAAS) Conference


The Science Atlantic Biology and Applied Aquatic Science (BAAS) joint conference will be hosted by Dalhousie University Halifax, NS on March 8, 9, and 10 2024.

The Science Biology and Applied Aquatic Science (BAAS) Conference is an annual event that brings together students from across Atlantic Canada to share their research, and network with other students and faculty. We are very excited to welcome everyone to our beautiful city.

Several awards will be given out at the conference, including the Biology awards and the Aquaculture and the AAS awards.

See you in Halifax,

The Organizing Committee

BAAS 2024 Full Schedule

Conference at a glance

Friday, March 8th

5:30 - 7:30 pm Ice Breaker/Registration (Tupper Link)
7:00 - 8:00 pm Biology & AAS Committee Dinner (Faculty rep members only) - Biology Seminar Room
8:00 - 9:00 pm Biology Committee Meeting (Faculty rep members only)
AAS Committee Committee Meeting (Faculty rep members only)

Saturday, March 9th

8:15 - 8:45 am Registration and put up posters - Tupper Link & Registration desk outside Theatres B&C
8:45 - 9 am Welcome address - Theatre B
9 - 10 am Keynote Speaker - Biology. Dr. Erin Bertrand, Dalhousie - Theatre B
10 - 10:30 am Break and Poster Viewing - Tupper Link & Registration desk outside Theatres B&C
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Oral Presentations - Session 1: Theatre B - Biology / Theatre C - AAS
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch - CHEB C170
1:00 - 2:00 pm AAS Keynote Speaker - Dr. Chuck Bangley, Dalhousie - Theatre B
2:00 - 3:45 pm Oral Presentations - Session 2: Theatre B - Biology / Theatre C - AAS
3:45 - 5:00 pm Break and Poster Viewing
4:00 - 5:00 pm Poster Viewing (Posters will be judged at this time) - Tupper Link
6:30 - 8:30 pm Banquet - CHEB C170

Sunday, March 10th

10:00 - 11:30 am Oral Presentations - Session 3: Theatre B - Biology / Theatre C - AAS
11:30 - 12: 00 am Break and Poster Viewing - Tupper Link & Registration desk outside Theatres B&C
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch - CHEB C170
1:00 - 2:00 pm Awards Ceremony + Closing - Theatre B

Important Dates

Abstract Submissions & Registration Opens: February 9, 2024

Abstracts due (Extension!): March 1, 2024

Registration closes (Extension!): March 1, 2024

Participating schools
Each participating school has two Science Atlantic representatives, one for the Biology conference and one for the AAS conference. They can answer your questions.


University of New Brunswick, Saint John - Kim Davies (UNB Saint John)
Mount Sanit Vincent University -- Lori Borgal
Dalhousie University - Lois Murray (Dal-Med)
University of Prince Edward Island - Stevan Springer (UPEI)
Acadia University - Russell Easy
Dalhousie University - Nicanor Gonzalez-Morales (Dal-Biol)
Mount Allison - David Filice
Saint Mary’s University - Kevin Vessey (SMU)
Université de Moncton - Gilles Miron (U de Moncton)
Université Sainte-Anne - Shawn Craik
Saint Francis Xavier University -Tamara Rodela
Memorial University - Craig Purchase
Cape Breton University - Kellie White
Crandall University crandall university -- Zhan Yang - (Crandall)

Applied Aquatic Sciences

Acadia University - Trevor Avery (Co-Chair, Applied Aquatic Sciences)

Cape Breton University - Rod Beresford

Dalhousie University - Carly Buchwald

Memorial University - Javier Santander

Mount Allison - Andrea Morash

NSCC - Giulia Pereia

Saint Francis Xavier University - Heather Penney

Saint Mary’s University - Anne Dalziel (Co-Chair, Applied Aquatic Sciences)

Université Sainte-Anne - Jordan Jun Chul Park

Université de Moncton - Simon Lamarre

University of New Brunswick, Saint John - Ben Speers-Roesch

University of New Brunswick, Fredericton - Charles Sacobie

Conference organizers

Dr. Lois Murray, Biology Conference Co-Chair

Dr. Nicanor González, Biology Conference Co-Chair

Dr. Anne Dalziel, Aquaculture & Fisheries Chair

Dr. Stevan Springer, Biology Chair


Hotels close to Dalhousie include the Lord Nelson, Atlantic Hotel and the Garden South Park Inn. Just go through the regular booking system to reserve (no special conference rates).

Information for presenters:

Talks will be 12 minutes + 3 minutes for questions

Posters should be no larger than 91.4cm x 121.9cm (36”x 48”). Both landscape and portrait orientations are suitable.

For general tips on presenting, see:

Plenary Speakers

We are happy to have two plenary speakers this year.

Erin Bertrand is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University. Her group employs physiological, biochemical, and bioanalytical approaches to improve our understanding of controls on marine microbial activity and how microbes influence major biogeochemical processes in the ocean.

Chuck Bangley is a marine biologist broadly interested in fisheries interactions, trophic ecology, and habitat selection in marine predators, with a particular interest in elasmobranchs. His research includes delineation of potential shark habitat, acoustic telemetry of highly migratory elasmobranchs, and characterization of diet and trophic relationships with economically important fish species.

    We would like to thank our sponsors

    • Dal Science
    • Saint Mary's University
    • Brazil rock 33/34
    • Huntsman Marine Science Center
    • Atlantic Aqua farms
    • Wisent Bioproducs
    • Nikon
    • Canadian Botanical Association (CBA/ABC)
    • Ocean Tracking Network
    • Ocean Frontier Institute
    • Skretting


    Dalhousie University: Sir Charles Tupper Building

    5850, College Street Halifax, NS Canada, B3H 4H7

    Registration period

    February 5, 2024 - 8:38 AM until March 10, 2024 - 4:00 PM

    Submission period

    February 5, 2024 - 8:38 AM until March 5, 2024 - 8:00 PM

    Contact us

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