CSEE congratulates Minister Kirsty Duncan on the announcing the search for Canada’s Chief Science Advisor (CSA). The CSA will advise the Prime Minister, the Minister of Science, and Cabinet about emerging science and technology issues, and act to defend science integrity. President Jeremy Kerr and colleagues in CSEE will continue to work closely with the Minister to support efforts to strengthen science in Canada and bring discoveries closer to Canadians.
Deadline for receipt of all application materials: 13 January 2017
Award Description: The CSEE Early Career Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments and promising future research potential in ecology and evolution by scientists early in their career. Awards will be given to two candidates each year. They consist of a 10-year membership to CSEE/SCEE, $500 cash award, up to $1000 allowance for travel and accommodation to attend the CSEE meeting in Victoria, B.C., and an invitation to give a keynote lecture at the annual meeting.
Eligibility: Applicants must be active researchers in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology who received their doctorate within five years of the application deadline, not including time taken for parental leave (i.e., one year of parental leave extends the eligibility period to six years post-Ph.D.). Candidates need to be Canadian citizens, or landed immigrants, or have completed their PhD at a Canadian University, or be currently working at a Canadian University.
Application/Nomination Procedures: Candidates may apply directly or may be nominated. Established researchers are encouraged to nominate outstanding young scientists. Nominations must contain all of the following supporting materials in the stated order: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a summary of research accomplishments (maximum 2 pages), (3) a 2-page statement of research plans for the next 5 years, (4) three recent publications, (5) names and addresses of 3 referees (including the nominating scientist where applicable) who will provide supporting letters. The 3 letters of reference should be sent separately from the candidate’s nomination package. All nomination materials and reference letters must be sent as PDFs to the chair of the CSEE Awards committee, Mark Vellend (email@example.com).
Time lines: The deadline for receipt of all materials including letters of reference is 13 January 2017. The recipients will be notified of the award in February and they will receive their award at the following annual meeting.
Download this information as a PDF document: csee-early-career-award-en-2017
Do you want to advance the profile of ecology, evolution, and conservation in Canada? Do you want to get things done on behalf of the broader community? Do have ideas, energy and a little bit of time? Then run for CSEE Council!
With four Council members nearing the end of their terms, the Society for Ecology and Evolution is now seeking nominations for the positions of:
- Regular Councillor 1
- Regular Councillor 2
- Graduate Student Councillor
What the jobs entail
Councillors contribute to directing the business of the CSEE and advise the Executive Council as to how to advance the purposes of the CSEE. These positions are not unduly time-consuming. At the minimum, they involve two council meetings a year (in December and at the CSEE spring/summer meeting). Councillors are occasionally asked to vote on proposals (via email) and every councillor joins at least one sub-committee (Membership, Awards, Outreach, Biodiversity & Conservation, Newsletter, or Website). Regular Councillors are appointed for a three-year term; Graduate Student Councillors, for a two-year term.
The Secretary is member of the Executive Council, and as such, has more responsibilities. These include communication with the membership, keeping the records and archives of the Society and the list of members, giving notice of Council meetings and the General Business meetings, administering elections, taking minutes of the Council meetings and the General Business meetings and distributing these to the Council. The Secretary is appointed for three years.
We expect Council members to become the CSEE spokesperson for their institution, which means sending the occasional internal email to advertise our summer conference or other activities.
Being on Council is a great opportunity to play an active role in the largest scientific society in Canada – one that advocates for the importance of ecology, evolution and conservation. Of course, it also looks great on your CV, and you get to know and hang out with the rest of the cool people on the Council.
The positions are voluntary, but the CSEE provides financial help to the Graduate Student Councillor to attend the council meetings. You have to be a CSEE member to serve on Council.
How to nominate yourself (or someone else) and nomination deadline
It’s dead easy! Email a short bio (7-10 lines about you, what you will bring to the CSEE, and what you hope to accomplish) and a headshot to the CSEE Vice-President (Isabelle Côté, imcote@ ). You can nominate someone else (if they agree).
Nominations will be accepted until 7 December 2016.
The nominations will be posted on the CSEE website soon after the deadline. Elections will be held in March 2017. New positions start at the Annual General Meeting (in May 2017).
Dates: 1-4 May 2017
Location: Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario
Theme: The symposium will focus on long-term research, and its importance in understanding ecology, evolution, and conservation. Keynote speakers will include Dr. Charles Krebs and Dr. Marco-Festa-Bianchet.
Important dates: Registration and abstract submission will open on 1 December 2016.
For more information: Please visit the conference web page at http://wildlife70.com.
We are very pleased to announce the results for this year’s election to the CSEE council. Five positions were open. First, Professor Isabelle Coté from Simon Fraser University was elected as the society’s next Vice-President, for two years starting at this summer’s AGM in St. John’s in July, followed by two years as President. Professor Yolanda Morbey from Western University was acclaimed as Treasurer. Professors Alison Derry (Université du Québec à Montréal) and Chris Eckert (Queen’s University) were elected as councillors. Dr. Julie Yee-Law, from University of British Columbia, was elected as a postdoctoral/student councillor. We look forward to working with new members of the council as CSEE continues to evolve in Canada’s rapidly changing scientific landscape.
We are equally grateful to colleagues who were not elected. Professors Jana Vamosi (University of Calgary), Graham Thompson (Western University), Marc Johnson (University of Toronto, Mississauga), Megan Frederickson (University of Toronto, St. George), Ms. Nicola Day (Wilfrid Laurier), and Mr. Tom Iwanicki (University of Victoria) also received considerable support in this election, and we appreciate their service and leadership.
Results from a survey by Canadian Science Publishing of 500 Canadian researchers on their behaviours and attitudes to scholarly publishing, dealing with aspects such as open access, funding of research, and journal features, are now available, and we welcome comments and feedback! The survey can be found at http://www.cdnsciencepub.com/learning-centre/impact-and-discovery/Researcher-Survey-Results.aspx. The full report is available in English and the key findings have been translated into French; the French PDF can be downloaded directly from here: http://www.cdnsciencepub.com/files/PDF/Translation_Key_points_and_intro_f.pdf
Are you a CSEE member involved with a project that facilitates awareness about ecology and evolution in your community? If so we would like to know about it so that we can provide publicity for your work!
Please send an email to Fanie Pelletier with a brief description of your project. If you have a presence on the web, please also provide a website address so that we can put a link on the CSEE website’s Outreach page. You can submit the story about your project in either French or English.