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12th Annual Conference of the CFR

The Centre for Forest Research (CFR) is pleased to invite you to its 12th annual conference, which will be held from April, 30st to May 2th 2018 at University Laval. The conference is open to all partners of the CFR as well as the entire scientific community.

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General Program

Monday April 30th Tuesday May 1st Wednesday May 2nd
AM Welcoming Statement
Main Conference
Round Table (subject TBD)
Presentations (in parallel sessions) Workshops
PM Presentations (in parallel sessions) Presentations (in parallel sessions)
Door Prizes
Closing Remarks
Evening Social Happening Social Happening

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Call for Training Workshops

Submit a Workshop Proposal!
December 18th 2017

New this year at the CFR annual conference: There will be an extra day of training workshops.

We therefore solicit your contribution. Whether you are a regular researcher, associate researcher, professional, postdoctoral fellow, master's or doctoral student or even non-member of the CFR , if you wish to offer a one-day or half-day training workshop, complete this form. You have until December 18th to submit your proposal.

R packages, programming, specialized software, theory in ecology, field techniques, etc. Practical and theoretical training will be accepted. Anything that can be taught in 4 or 8 hours and that is of interest to CFR members will be considered. In case the number of proposals exceeds the number of available rooms, a committee will select the most interesting/popular ones. We will try to accommodate as many workshops as possible. We have already booked a dozen locals. For computer-type workshops, we have three computer labs with about forty computers in each lab. Participants can also bring their own laptop. This makes holding a workshop possible in conventional classrooms.

The persons in charge of the selected workshops will not have to pay the registration fees for the Symposium. A maximum of two managers per workshop will be able to take advantage of this offer.

Write to Pierre Racine if you have questions about the workshops.

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Call for Posters and Presentations

Submit a Communication Proposal!
January 28th 2018

All CFR members are invited to present the results of their research as an oral presentation or poster. Only abstracts presenting results will be accepted for oral presentations. Submissions of CFR student and post-doctoral research projects that are well underway will be given priority by the selection committee. You have until January 28th to submit your proposal.

Abstracts should be limited to between 250 and 300 words in the language in which you will be presenting (English or French). Abstracts not respecting these conditions will be refused. Abstracts won't be modifiable after the submission deadline.

Specific instructions for poster - Posters should be set in PORTRAIT format with maximum dimensions of 24 inches wide by 36 inches tall (60 cm x 90 cm). Read the following article  in Nature to improve the quality of your poster.

Specific instructions for oral presentations - Oral presentations should be 15 minutes in length, followed by 5 minutes of questions. Slides should be in PDF or Microsoft PowerPoint format. Office 2010 will be installed on the computers. You can use previous versions of Office if you do not have version 2010. If you have video or other animation, make sure that the presentation is compatible with Windows PC. Also, because we cannot guarantee access to the Internet, it is important that you save a copy of your presentation on a USB key. Therefore online presentations system should not be used (Prezi and others).

Finally, to ensure that the sessions run smoothly, NO internet connections will be permitted during the presentation. Mac users should ensure that they have a version of Office that is compatible with Windows PC.

Write to Natacha Fontaine if you have questions about posters and presentations.


Prizes for the best oral presentation and the best poster are usually awarded. We will soon confirm the content of these prizes.

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Door prizes

Prizes will be drawn from among the participants who are present at the conference. To be eligible, you must put your name badge in the draw box before the conference concludes. The draw will take place following the announcement of the winners for the best poster and best oral presentation on the second day of the conference at around 5:00 PM.

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Invited speaker

To be determined...

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Costs & Registration

Conference Only Conference and Workshops
CFR Members 50 $ 70 $
Others 100 $ 200 $

An online registration form will soon be avaialable.

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Transport services (organized carpooling) will be coordinated for each CFR pole.
Contact the professional for your pole:

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Lodging & Parking

Hébergement hôtelier du Service des résidences de l’Université Laval 
The housing alternative offering the best value for your money in Quebec City! Very economical and definitely the closest option to the Desjardins Pavilion, the Résidences de l'Université Laval accommodation service is an excellent solution for your stay.

  • Standard University Room (shared bathroom)
    These rooms have two single beds and feature all the amenities usually available in hotels or bed linen and towels, shampoo and soap, parking included, free wireless internet access and free local calls.
    Rates: $47.75 + taxes in single occupancy and $67.50 + taxes in double occupancy (breakfast included)
  • Superior University Room (private bathroom)
    These rooms are equipped with a bathroom, a Queens bed, a TV, a microwave oven, refrigerator and telephone. They usually have all the amenities offered by hotels or bed linen and towels, shampoo and soap, parking included, free wireless internet access and free local calls.
    Rates : $89 + taxes in single occupancy or double occupancy (breakfast included)

To reserve, use the following form  and select the proper event in the scrolling list at the end: 12e Colloque du CEF- Event #280913

For information, contact us directly at 418-656-5632 or by email at hebergement@sres.ulaval.ca and mention the name of the event.

Hôtel Universel 
Located a 10 minute walk from the Desjardins Pavilions and recently renovated, the Universel Hotel is a great option at a reasonable price ($ 149 +). Its exotic interior garden with heated pool and Nordic spa will charm you.

  • 2300 Sainte-Foy Road, Quebec, G1V 1S5
  • Phone: 1-800-463-4495
  • info@hoteluniversel.qc.ca

Hôtel Classique 
Located on the 800-801 route, located close to the largest shopping centers, restaurants and bars of Boulevard Laurier in Sainte-Foy, the Hôtel Classique is a budget hotel. 5 minutes by bus or 25 minutes walk from the Pavilion Desjardins.

  • Regular room with 1 or 2 queen beds: 105$ per night
  • 2815, Boulevard Laurier, Québec, G1V 4H3
  • Toll free phone: 1 800 463-1885
  • info@hotelclassique.com

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Site Plan


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Social Happenings

To be determined...

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A list of the best restaurants around the campus will soon be suggested.

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Detailed Program

The detailed program will be available around mid-February.

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Wireless network access

Wifi access (via Eduroam) - Normally, all CFR students who are already connected to the Eduroam wireless network at their own university should be able to connect to the University Laval network without additional configuration. If this is not the case, we recommend that you configure your laptop BEFORE coming to the conference. The configuration instructions are almost identical from one university to another, but here are the instructions provided by each university: UQAM , Université Laval , Université de Sherbrooke , Université de Montréal , McGill , Concordia , UQAC , UQAT , UQAR , UQO , UQTR , TELUQ .

There is also a guess network named "Wi-Fi_UL" at University Laval which does not require a password.

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