June 11-15 2023

The 17th Canadian Drosophila Research Conference - Canfly 2023

CanFly 2023 will take place at Dalhousie University in the Marion McCain Arts & Social Sciences Building on June 11 - 14, 2023, and is organized out of Dalhousie University, Mount Saint-Vincent University, Université de Moncton and Université de Sherbrooke. An hybrid option is also provided through Fourwaves where participants registered to the virtual format will be able to attend all talks. CanFly 2023 is open to researchers in academia and industry working in Canada and internationally.

Dalhousie University is located in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. We are all Treaty people.

To promote the presence of trainees from all Canadian laboratories, we have received a generous donation to help support travel fees for students in laboratories experiencing financial difficulties. There will be $500 financial aid available for up to 4 students the committee will select based on the supervisor’s declaration of their current funding situation, which must be submitted with the registration (1 page max, list all current funding sources and briefly justify the need for financial support). The selected students will be informed a week after registration closes.


Early bird registration deadline: April 26, 2023

Virtual registration: $50 CAD (access to talks only)

Undergraduate student: $100 CAD

Trainee and staff scientists: $250 CAD

Faculty: $350 CAD

Late registration: April 27 - May 22, 2023

Virtual registration: $70 CAD (access to talks only)

Undergraduate student: $150 CAD

Trainee and staff scientists: $300 CAD

Faculty: $400 CAD

Abstract Submission

Abstract Submissions will be accepted from March 1 - April 26, 2023 at the time of registration

Undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers are encouraged to participate by giving oral and poster presentations. CanFly represents an informal environment offering a wide range of participants. Thus, allowing for respectful and stimulating discussions. Past editions of CanFly resulted in numerous new collaborations formed between attendees.


Deadline for guaranteed access to budget accommodation: April 26, 2023

We have reserved a block of very affordable accommodations on campus at Dalhousie University very close to the conference venue. Single residence style rooms with shared bathroom are available for as low as $33 + tax/night, and 2 person suites with private bath for as low as $90 + tax/night (student rates). To make a reservation to stay on campus, please visit: stay.dal.ca. All conference delegates should use the promo code: CANFLY23 to book accommodations within the conference block. Please note that any student must present a valid student ID upon arrival to receive a discounted student rate. If you require any assistance, please contact Dalhousie University by phone: (888)271-9222 or by email at: stay@dal.ca and one of their associates would be happy to help. To ensure that you have access to these accommodations you must book by April 26. After that date you can still book on campus at Dalhousie for the same price, but it will no longer be guaranteed availability. Participants are welcome to book any accommodation of their choosing. Halifax has many hotels and other options for accommodation. These can be quite expensive and you should be sure to book well in advance.

Precautions against COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses

Canfly 2023 will be following the guidelines of Nova Scotia public health (https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/) and Dalhousie University (https://www.dal.ca/covid-19-information-and-updates.html). We encourage people to wear masks while in the lecture hall and poster viewing area, and we ask that you do not attend the meeting in person if you are sick.


  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Dalhousie University Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation
  • Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine
  • Dalhousie University Faculty of Science
  • Université de Moncton
  • Université de Sherbrooke - FMSS
  • Centre de Recherche du CHUS
  • IWK
  • mira
  • Genome Prolab
  • Nikon
  • Zeiss
  • Mount Saint-Vincent University
  • Gilson
  • Genome


Hybrid event

Dalhousie University

6135, University Avenue Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada, B3H 4R2

Registration period

March 1, 2023 - 04:00 until May 23, 2023 - 02:30

Submission period

March 1, 2023 - 04:00 until April 27, 2023 - 02:30

Contact us

For any questions about the event, please contact canfly2023@gmail.com

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