November 1-2, 2023

Symposium on antibiotic resistance in bioaerosols - NSERC Discovery Frontiers Project 2019


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Symposium on antibiotic resistance in bioaerosols - the NSERC Discovery Frontiers Project 2019

It's a great pleasure to welcome you to the Symposium on antibiotic resistance in bioaerosols - the NSERC Discovery Frontiers Project 2019, to be held in auditorium Y2260 of the Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec-Université Laval on Wednesday November 1 and Thursday November 2.

This event is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the diversity of our expertises and research interests, and to pave the way for new collaborations. We are fortunate to welcome two renowned speakers: Abia A. King and Simon Otto.

Dr. King is Honorary Associate Professor at the University of KwaZulu Natal and a researcher at the Foundation for Environmental Research in South Africa. Simon Otto is a veterinarian, epidemiologist and assistant professor at the University of Alberta's School of Public Health. He also leads the HEAT-AMR (Human-Environment-Animal Transdisciplinary Antimicrobial Resistance) research group.

You will be welcomed by the team of Professor Caroline Duchaine, Canada Research Chair in Bioaerosols and Research Director for the Discovery Frontiers (2019) project on antibiotic resistance in bioaerosols. Caroline Duchaine is interested in aerobiology and aerovirology, the sciences that study bioaerosols and viral aerosols, respectively.

At the symposium, we'll also have the opportunity to hear students present their research projects in short lectures and poster presentations.


The deadline for abstract submission is 11:30 pm on October 15, 2023. Details are available under the "Instructions" tab.


This year, several students will be selected to present their papers orally at conferences. Those interested should submit their abstracts (submission tab) by October 15, 2023 at 11:30 pm, specifying their willingness to give an oral presentation. The scientific committee will make a selection from the abstracts submitted, and those selected will be notified by October 25, 2023.

We hope to see many of you there, and enjoy the symposium!

Invited speakers

Abia Akebe Luther King

Abia Akebe Luther King is an Applied and Environmental Microbiologist. He obtained his PhD in 2016 in Water Care from the Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa, and took up a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Vaal University of Technology in the same year. In 2017, he joined the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) in South Africa as a Postdoctoral research fellow and was the leader of the Molecular and Environmental Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance section of the Antimicrobial Research Unit. After four years, he left the UKZN to create the Environmental Research Foundation and was appointed Honorary Associate Professor by the University of KwaZulu Natal. His research focuses on, but is not limited to, antimicrobial resistance in the environment and how this relates to humans and animals through the One Health approach, using culture and molecular techniques, including metagenomics and whole-genome sequencing.

Invited speakers

Simon Otto

Simon Otto is a veterinarian, epidemiologist, and Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta School of Public Health. He leads the HEAT-AMR Research Group (Human-Environment-Animal Transdisciplinary Antimicrobial Resistance - , is the Healthy Environments Thematic Area Lead for the UofA School of Public Health Centre for Healthy Communities, and an Executive Member of the AMR - One Health Consortium. Dr. Otto received his BSc from the University of Calgary, his DVM from the University of Saskatchewan, and his PhD from the University of Guelph. He worked for the Government of Alberta Department of Agriculture and Forestry before starting his faculty appointment at the UofA. His research explores the One Health epidemiology of AMR with a focus on integrated, One Health surveillance for AMR and AMU to support antimicrobial stewardship

Simon Otto

Thanks to our partners!

  • Déparement de biochimie, de microbiologie et de bio-informatique
  • Réseau de recherche en santé respiratoire

Canada Research Chair in Bioaerosols

In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified antibiotic resistance as a threat to the very core of modern medicine, urging member countries to take action in a multisectoral "one health" approach. Thus, in addition to wildlife, water and soil, which have already been the focus of several studies, we wish to study a route of dispersion never broadly addressed in understanding ARG transmission and fate: air. Indeed, air can contain microorganisms from different sources and transport them over very long distances. Understanding this missing piece of the puzzle will completely change the paradigm and bring key knowledge in ARG exposure, essential to design and develop exposure control strategies and more accurately assess risks. Our project therefore includes the collection of samples close to different emitting sources but also in places very far away from human sources, such as the far north and the upper atmosphere. The concentration and diversity of antibiotic resistance genes will be studied as well as their transfer potential. The data collected will be used to improve long-range transport predictions and risk prediction models and, if risk is present, to propose solutions.

Canada Research Chair in Bioaerosols

Your organizing committee

Caroline Duchaine

Marc Veillette

Nathalie Turgeon

Valérie Létourneau

Marie-Hélène Pedneau


Théâtre de la Cité Universitaire, Palasis-Prince, ULaval

2725 , Chemin Ste-Foy Québec, Québec Canada, G1V 4G5

Registration period

June 1, 2023 - 00:00 until October 27, 2023 - 15:00

Submission period

June 26, 2023 - 00:00 until October 31, 2023 - 23:30

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