We are pleased to announce the 29th Annual meeting of the CSBBCS

June 7th to 9th 2019!

This year's Conference will be held at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo Ontario

All sessions will take place on campus at University of Waterloo in Federation Hall (FED) and the Science Teaching Complex (STC).

Schedule of Talks and Posters

Click Full Program for the schedule

A condensed "At-a-Glance" schedule is also available here

New Tool! Sort Abstracts by Semantic Similarity:

All CSBBCS abstracts have been entered into a database that allows attendees to search abstracts to find semantically similar ones. Check it out to find related presentations! 


Tool Creators: Matt Crump (Brooklyn College), Harinder Aujla (U of Winnipeg), & Randy Jamieson (U of Manitoba)

Symposia: Nine symposia are included in the program. These consist of 3 to 4 talks related to a single topic, within a 1-hour, or 1 hour 15 minute, session.

Talks and Posters:  Talks will be 15 minutes (12 minutes + 3 minutes for questions per speaker). Maximum poster size is 4' X 4'. 


To register, please click on "Register for Conference" in the "Quick Links" box in the upper right-hand corner of this page. If you are not seeing this box, please click here to renew your membership first.

A current, dues-paid membership in CSBBCS is required to be able to Register for the conference.  Please click here to purchase/renew your membership.

Registration fees:

Student: $140

Faculty: $180 

Pre-Conference Workshop:  $40

Registration includes:  Opening night reception on Friday, breakfast, coffee breaks, & lunch on Saturday, conference banquet dinner on Saturday, breakfast, coffee breaks & lunch on Sunday, plus an ice-cream social on Sunday afternoon!  

Pre-Conference Workshop: 

On Friday June 7th from 8:30am-2pm we will host a hands-on workshop on campus. 

Topic: Introduction to Brain Modeling with the Neural Engineering Framework (NENGO)

This workshop will introduce the NENGO brain simulation software, a graphical and scripting environment for building spiking neuron-level models of cognitive and non-cognitive behaviour. The workshop is hands-on and will guide participants through building a variety of models. Please bring a laptop with NENGO installed. Installation instructions can be Downloaded at https://www.nengo.ai/overview.html

Women in Cognitive Science session (open to everyone):

Join us Friday June 7th from 1:30pm-3:30pm for a presentation and panel discussion

Topic: Demystifying Skill Development

It often seems difficult and intimidating to try to branch out and learn new research skills, however, it is becoming increasingly more important for young researchers to build a repertoire of foundational research skills for careers in both academia and industry. In this session our goal is to demystify the apparent challenges of acquiring new skills by speaking with a panel of researchers who have successfully learned and implemented novel techniques (such as brain imaging, use of special populations, and new statistical analyses) into their existing research programs. They will also discuss any gender-specific challenges they encountered. The panel discussion will be followed by a speed mentoring event which provides the opportunity for students interested in developing specific skills to speak with researchers who have successfully obtained those skills.    


by Car

Directions to campus:


Visitor parking:  in Lot X or Lot M - see Full Program for maps


by Bus 

Coach Canada and Greyhound are two popular options


by Train

VIA Rail is Canada’s passenger train network, with the closest stop being in Kitchener (a 10-minute taxi ride from campus). Go Transit also has limited train service to Kitchener from the Greater Toronto Area


by Plane

There are daily flights operated via WestJet to the Waterloo Region Airport https://www.waterlooairport.ca/ from Calgary and Vancouver, with connecting flights available.

There are also flights to/from nearby Hamilton airport and Toronto Airports.



On Campus

We encourage attendees to consider staying on campus for easy access to the conference.

Accommodation is available at Ron Eydt Village residence.  Group Rate is $55 + HST/ night single/double occupancy and includes free WiFi, parking for one vehicle, linens & towels upon check in, daily cleaning of the common areas and weekly linen/towel exchange. To view rooms click here: https://youtu.be/tnoRFx_y6ss

Reservations can be made online using the form at https://webreg.uwaterloo.ca/onlinereg/Register/default.aspx?code=C000329  or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 1-800-565-5410. Please note that full payment will be asked upon completing your online reservation.  The payment less a 10% service fee is refundable if the reservation is canceled 48 hours prior to arrival.


ROOMS AT ST-PAUL'S University College ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED! St Paul’s University College is located at 190 Westmount Rd N, Waterloo, ON.

Off Campus

We have secured a block of rooms at the rate of $129/night including breakfast at The Courtyard by Marriott Waterloo St Jacobs, a short 5 minute drive from campus at 50 Benjamin Rd, Waterloo. Rooms will be available at the group rate until mid-May. To Reserve, click here: Book your group rate for University of Waterloo


Accommodation at the Best Western Plus Waterloo, located at 547 King Street North is NOW FULLY BOOKED.

Additional accommodation is available via this link: https://uwaterloo.ca/housing/short-term-accommodations


Conference Venue

The UWaterloo Campus map can be found here.



Federation Hall is wheelchair accessible and all Conference rooms are located on the first floor. The Science Teaching Complex is wheelchair accessible and elevators are available to move between floors (see below).

Elevators: There are elevators in two locations in STC. When you enter through the main (west) entrance, continue past the stairwell on the left; the first set of elevators will be on the right. The other set of elevators are located immediately to the left of the south entrance.

Washrooms: Barrier-free men’s and women’s washrooms with change tables are located on the first floor of STC, and in FED Hall.


Wireless Internet

Wireless Internet access will be available via the Eduroam network. Visit the registration desk to get access.

Do you have a question about the conference not answered here?

Please e-mail the conference organizer at conference@csbbcs.org

or Contact: Myra Fernandes (mafernan@uwaterloo.ca) Head Organizer for CSBBCS 2019