All events are held in MacEwan Hall, which is located on the lower floor of the MacEwan Student Centre. See below for a campus map.


  • Tuesday, May 23
    • 10:00 am - 4:30 pm: Trainee Symposium
    • 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm: Opening Mixer
  • Wednesday, May 24
    • 9:00 am - 9:15 am: Welcome
    • 9:15 am - 10:15 am: Cryo-Electron Microscopy 1
    • 10:15 am - 10:45 am: Coffee Break
    • 10:45 am - 11:45 am: Cryo-Electron Microscopy 2
    • 11:45 am - 1:30 pm: Lunch
    • 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Computational Biophysics
    • 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Coffee Break
    • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Biomaterials'
    • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Poster Session
  • Thursday, May 25
    • 9:00 am - 10:45 am: Modeling
    • 10:45 am - 11:15 am: Coffee Break
    • 11:15 am - 12:00 pm: Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics
    • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: BSC Business Meeting (In Cassio, located on the second floor of MacEwan Student Centre)
    • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Lunch
    • 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm: Imaging and Spectroscopy
    • 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm: BSC Awards Presentation
    • 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm: National Lecture
    • 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Coffee Break
    • 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Drug Discovery and Anti-microbial Resistance
    • 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm: Conference Dinner (Hotel Arts, 119 12 Ave SW)
  • Friday, May 26
    • 9:00 am - 11:00 am: RNA Biology and Biophysics
    • 11:00 am - 11:30 am: Coffee Break
    • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm: Biological Networks
    • 1:00 pm - 1:15 pm: Closing Remarks

Food and Beverage

  • Breakfast: attendees make their own arrangements for breakfast.
  • Lunch: there will be a 90-minute lunch break; attendees will make their own arrangements. See below for options.
  • Breaks: there will be morning and afternoon breaks with coffee, tea, water, and a light snack
  • Dinner:
    • Except for the conference dinner on Thursday night, guests will make their own arrangements. See below for options.
    • There will be light hors-d'oeuvres at the opening mixer on Tuesday and at the poster session on Wednesday.

Conference Dinner

  • Located at Hotel Arts, 119 12 Ave SW
  • Easily accessible by Uber, Taxi, or transit (C-Train)
  • Catch the C-train at University Station, located on the East end of campus, to the eastbound station at 3 St SW. It is then a 10-minute walk to Hotel Arts.
  • To return, catch a Westbound train at 1 St SW to University Station.
  • Note: there are two lines, Red (201) and Blue (202). The University is served by the Red Line. In the downtown core, the stations alternate between east and westbound, so you will arrive and depart from a different block.

Calgary is generally a very safe city. But drug use and crime can be more common on the train and in the downtown core. We recommend using common sense and travelling with a group.

Registration Desk:

Please pick up your conference badge and booklet at the Registration desk, Foyer MacEwan Hall, lower level of MacEwan Student Centre (see maps below). The registration desk opens Tuesday, May 23, starting at 9:30 am.

Hours of registration:

  • Tuesday, May 24 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, May 26 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Email us at BSC2023@uCalgary.ca, if you have questions about your registration.

Scroll below to find information on:

  • COVID & Mask Policy
  • Maps
  • Food options for lunch
  • Poster sessions
  • Accessibility and Inclusion
  • Receptions
  • Accommodation
  • Meeting Code of Conduct

Immigration Letter

All visitors from outside of Canada will require a visitor letter from UCalgary. Please get in touch with Heather Clitheroe (hjcithe@ucalgary.ca) to obtain your letter.

COVID Information and Face Masking Requirements

The University of Calgary no longer has a mask requirement. Attendees who are feeling sick or have COVID-19 symptoms are recommended to follow Alberta Health Services guidelines. Canada no longer has COVID-19 border or travel measures.

Campus Map

The conference will take place in MacEwan Hall A/B, adjacent to the MacEwan Student Centre on the University of Calgary Main Campus. Click the link to access is an interactive map of the campus.

Campus Map

Venue Map

The conference will take place in MacEwan Hall A/B, which adjacent to the MacEwan Student Centre, lower floor. All talks, including the trainee symposium, will be in Hall A. The poster session will be in Hall B. Exhibitors and coffee breaks are located in the foyer outside of Hall A/B.

Venue Map

Food Options for Lunch

We have organized the meeting to give you a 90-minute break for lunch, giving you time to go out of campus for lunch. Note that searching “restaurants near me” on google maps will give you many options close to campus.

MacEwan Student Centre

  • Located directly adjacent to the conference venue
  • A variety of fast-food and student-faire options are located on the first and second floors
  • The Den is a pub-style restaurant located on the lower floor
  • The Last Defense Lounge is a restaurant located on the third floor

University District (15-minute walk west)

  • A variety of options a short walk west of campus
  • BarBurrito
  • Borough Bar + Grill
  • Cobs Bread
  • Five Guys
  • Freshii
  • Fuwa Fuwa
  • OEB Breakfast Co.
  • Osmow’s
  • Sesame
  • The Alley
  • The Canadian Brewhouse
  • The Banquet

Food Map

In addition to the recommended options in MacEwan Student Centre and University District, Brentwood Village and the Stadium district have additional options.

Food Map

Poster Session Information

The poster sessions will take place in MacEwan Hall B—ee the Conference map above. Please prepare your poster to fit the 4'x 4' poster boards. Push pins will be provided. Posters are numbered, and you should put up your poster in the appropriate spot.

Poster viewing will be held during lunch breaks and/or coffee breaks. The main catered BSC poster session with poster judging will be Wednesday evening, May 24th, from 5:00-7:00. You can browse through the posters' abstracts under the Presentations tab in the top menu.

The poster boards will be available by 8am on Wednesday, May 24th, although many boards will be available as early as Tuesday afternoon. Posters should remain in place until Thursday afternoon.

Accessibility and Inclusion

Reception Information

  • BSC Mixer: Tuesday, May 24, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM in MacEwan Hall A
  • Banquet: Thursday, May 26, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM at Hotel Arts 119 12 Ave SW


We have special block rates at two nearby hotels (see below).

Additionally, the University of Calgary campus is located directly on the CTrain (light rail) line, providing a wide range of options.

UCalgary International House – Two Bedroom Dormitory Apartments

$93 / night plus 12.27% fees, taxes and levies

Price includes both bedrooms

One double bed with a dresser, bookcase, armoire, desk and a chair in each bedroom with a lockable door

Private bathroom with shower, sink, and toilet

Breakfast bar with sink, microwave, fridge

Complimentary Wi-Fi

In-building laundry ($)

Overnight parking is available for $11 / night

Click here to make a reservation. Use Booking Code BSCAM23. The cutoff date for the discounted registration is April 21, 2023.

UCalgary International House – Two Bedroom Dormitory Apartments

UCalgary International House — Standard Single Room

$89 / night plus 12.27% fees, taxes, and levies

One queen bed

Mini-fridge, Microwave, Keurig Coffee Maker (coffee and tea)

Desk with Ergonomic Chair

Complimentary Wi-Fi

Comfortable for up to two people

Complimentary campus recreation passes

Housekeeping service every 5th day

Overnight parking is available for $11 / night

Click here to make a reservation. Use Booking Code BSCAM23. The cutoff date for the discounted registration is April 21, 2023.

UCalgary International House — Standard Single Room

Aloft Hotel — Calgary University

This full-service hotel is a 30-minute walk or one CTrain stop from campus.

Two options are available: a single king bed or two queen beds. Both are $139 / night + 12.27% fees, levies, and taxes.

Both options include:

Free Buffet Breakfast for each registered guest

Free Outdoor Parking

Fast & Free Wi-Fi

Free Daily in Room Bottled Water

Free overnight parking

Book at the conference rate using this link. Booking deadline for reduced rate is April 23, 2023.

Aloft Hotel — Calgary University

Code of Conduct for BSC Meetings

It is the policy of the Biophysical Society of Canada (BSC) that all participants, including attendees, vendors, volunteers, and all other stakeholders at BSC meetings will conduct themselves in a professional manner that is welcoming to all participants and free from any form of discrimination or harassment. Participants will treat each other with respect and consideration to create a collegial, inclusive, and professional environment at BSC Meetings. Creating a supportive environment to enable scientific discourse at BSC meetings is the responsibility of all participants.

Participants will avoid any inappropriate actions or discriminatory statements based on individual characteristics. Disruptive or harassing behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated. Harassment includes but is not limited to inappropriate or intimidating behaviour and language, unwanted touching or attention, offensive images, and stalking.

Violations of this code of conduct policy should be reported to meeting organizers, or the BSC Meeting Coordinator. Sanctions may range from verbal warning, to ejection from the meeting without refund, to notifying appropriate authorities. Retaliation for complaints of inappropriate conduct will not be tolerated. If a participant observes inappropriate comments or actions and personal intervention seems appropriate and safe, they should be considerate of all parties before intervening.

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