Make a difference: Run for CSEE Council!

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!

The positions

With four Council members nearing the end of their terms, the Society for Ecology and Evolution is now seeking nominations for the positions of:

  1. Secretary
  2. Regular Councillor 1
  3. Regular Councillor 2
  4. 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.

The perks?

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@sfu.ca). You can nominate someone else (if they agree).

Nominations will be accepted until 7 December 2016.

Election timeline

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).

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Wildlife 70: a symposium on long-term research

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.

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2016 CSEE Election Results

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.

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Survey results: Canadian Science Publishing

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

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Publicize your outreach project!

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.

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