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).


Call for Abstracts, Hebb Awards, and Symposia

Abstracts for talks and poster presentations, and proposals for symposia are now being accepted. Registration for the conference will open in January.

A current, dues-paid membership in CSBBCS is required to be able to submit an abstract and register for the conference. Memberships for 2018 expire Dec. 31st, 2018. Please click here to purchase/renew your membership.

To Submit: You must be Logged In to the website as a Member (scroll to the bottom of this page to log in), and then click the link ‘Submit Abstract’ (found on top right of this page in the "Quick Links" box). 

Deadline for Abstract Submission for Talks/Posters:   March 1st 2019

Deadline for Symposia Submission: February 4th 2019

Talks and Posters:  Talks will be 15 minutes (12 minutes + 3 minutes for questions per speaker). Maximum poster size is 4' X 4'. When you submit an abstract, please indicate whether you would prefer a Talk or Poster, or No Preference.

Abstract submissions must include: Title, List of Authors, 200-word abstract. Do not include statistics or references in your abstract. Capitalize ONLY the first word of your title (and, if applicable, the first word after a colon).

Hebb Award Consideration: Each year students at all levels of training can be considered for an award to honour the Best Talk and Best Poster at the conference. To be considered, an additional longer abstract (1000-words max.) must be submitted along with the regular 200 word abstract. You must also be 1) a student at the time of the conference and a dues-paid Associate Member of CSBBCS and 2) presenting the work you wish to have considered for the award. To be considered, check the option "I am a student and I wish to be considered for the Hebb award" at the time of submitting your regular abstract and then enter your 1000-word extended abstract in the text box that appears, and click Submit.

Symposia: A limited number of symposia can be included in the program. These will consist of 3 to 4 talks related to a single topic, within a 1-hour session. To submit a symposium proposal, please send the following by email to James Danckert at jdancker@uwaterloo.ca 

Symposia submissions must include:  Title of the symposium, a 200-word abstract describing the topics covered in the symposium, a list of 3 or 4 proposed presenters with their e-mail addresses

note: An email will be sent by February 15th to all potential speakers, indicating whether or not the symposium will be included in the program.  For speakers we cannot accommodate within a symposium, please submit an Abstract for an individual Talk or Poster using the submission link.

Pre-Conference Workshop: On Friday June 7th from 9am-2pm we will host a hands-on workshop on campus. A separate registration and fee is required to attend.

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

Preliminary Schedule of Events

Friday June 7th 2019

Pre-Conference workshop 9am-2pm “Introduction to Brain Modeling with the Neural Engineering Framework (NENGO)"

Women in Cognitive Science session 1:30pm-3:30pm

CSBBCS President’s Symposium 3:30pm-5:30pm

Poster session #1 5:30pm-7pm

Social Event 7pm

Saturday June 8th 2019

CSBBCS Talks & Symposia 8:45am-noon

Poster session #2 12:30pm-2pm

CSBBCS Talks & Symposia 2pm-5:50pm

CSBBCS Banquet *for all attendees* (included with registration) 6:30pm-9pm

Sunday, June 9th 2019

Poster session #3 8:45am-10:15am

CSBBCS Talks & Symposia 10:15am-3:45pm

NSERC Discovery Grant meeting 3:45pm-4:30pm

CSBBCS General Meeting 4:30pm-5:30pm

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!  


by Car

Directions to campus:


Visitor parking:

To be announced

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 all attendees to stay on campus at the University of Waterloo. Summer Accommodation is located in Ron Eydt Village residence, with a selection of double rooms for single/double occupancy.

Rates are $60.00/night single/double occupancy for a Double Room plus applicable taxes.  This rate includes free WiFi, parking for one vehicle, linens & towels upon check in, daily cleaning of the common areas and weekly linen/towel exchange.

Reservations can to be made by registering online through a custom online reservation 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.

Off Campus

Accommodation is also available at Best Western Plus Waterloo, located at 547 King Street North. This hotel is accessible to campus by bus and/or 2 stops away by light rail transit.

Rooms are on hold for CSBBCS attendees at the rate of $130 per night, and includes a buffet breakfast. Rooms with 2 Queen beds or 1 King are available by calling the hotel directly at (519) 884-0100 OR 1-866-222-9175.  Ask for the Group Rate for University of Waterloo – CSBBCS, and reserve using a credit card.

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


CSBBCS 2019 is very grateful for the support of our sponsors!