Biophysical Society of Canada (BSC) Trainee Symposium

The BSC Trainee Symposium is a student-led initiative organized in association with the 7th Annual Meeting of the BSC. The goal of the symposium is to provide opportunities for trainees to network with each other and with established researchers in academia, industry, government and communications. Trainees will also have the opportunity to present their work through oral presentations. The Keynote Speakers are profiled below:

The BSC Trainee Symposium will be held at the University of Ottawa on May 24th, 2022. The symposium is being organized by both the BSC Trainee Executive and local trainees from the University of Ottawa. The tentative program for the symposium is as follows (details will be posted as soon as they are available):

1) An Introductory Keynote Lecture

2) Career Session (4 talks, each is 20-25 min followed by a 15-minute panel discussion)

3) Coffee Break & Networking

4) Trainee Oral Presentations. (8 selected trainees, each with a 10 min presentation followed by a 5 min Q&A.

BSC Trainee Executive (

Sarika Kumari (President, MUN), Vishal Pandya Rameshkumar (Vice-President, MUN), Morgan Robinson (Waterloo), Benjamin Baylis (Guelph), Tam Pham (Dalhousie), Alaa Al-Shaer (Simon Fraser), Alex Brown (Dalhousie), MacAulay Harvey (Saint Mary's), Jeff Simmons (Dalhousie), Kathleen Vergunst (Dalhousie), Emily Prowse (McGill), Samira Rasouli Koohi (Alberta), Alyssa Oke (Simon Fraser).

Local uOttawa organizing committee:

Anna Ananchenko (BMI, Medicine), Rebecca Dean (CBS, Science), Toka Hussein (BMI, Medicine), Megan Miaro (CBS, Science), Deepansh Mody (BMI, Medicine), Mariam Taktek (CBS, Science).

For more information, please do not hesitate to reach out to Sarika Kumari ( or Toka Hussein (

Trainee Travel Awards

Travel Awards to the BSC Annual Meeting

The Biophysical Society of Canada will provide merit-based travel support for students (both undergraduate and graduate) and post-doctoral fellows to attend the 2022 annual meeting of the Biophysical Society of Canada in Ottawa. To be eligible to apply, the student or post-doctoral fellow AND their supervisor must be members of the Biophysical Society of Canada at the time of the application. The submission deadline is May 1, 2022. For more information and to apply, please visit the Awards Page of the Biophysical Society of Canada

Travel Awards to the IUPAB Focused Meeting The Biophysics of Ligand-Gated Ion Channels: from structures to drug design

Limited funds are available to support the participation of trainees in the IUPAB Focused Meeting. Trainees must be from disadvantaged regions of the world or from disadvantaged communities in Canada. Support can be for either travel to Ottawa (minimum 500 CAD) to participate in the meeting in person or to support participation online ((registration fees will be covered). The travel support will be given out on a competitive basis.

To apply for IUPAB support, please send your application to The deadline for applications is May 1, 2022. The application must consist of a single pdf, maximum 5 pages with the following information: 1) your name, position, affiliation and research area, along with a single paragraph outlining your rational for attending the meeting (total 1 page), 2) a 2 page max CV, and 3) a 1 page support letter from your supervisor/mentor. The application must have 1 inch (2.5 cm) margins and must be in 12 point font.

We encourage trainees who identify as Indigenous Peoples or persons with disabilities to apply for travel support. Please indicate in your application if you identify as one of these groups.

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