Call for Abstracts

This is a call for submissions for the 2021 CSBBCS / SCSCCC virtual meeting. The meeting is being organized by Concordia and McGill Universities in Montréal. All times are in EDT.  While we had hoped to welcome you all to Montréal, due to the uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will be virtual this year.  The virtual conference will be live streamed, and will begin on Thursday, June 17th 2021 at 8:30 AM and end on Friday, June 18th 2021 at 7:00 PM.  All events will be hosted on the conference website, which can be accessed here:

At this time, we are announcing calls for symposia and abstract submissions for poster and talk presentations.  In contrast with past years, conference registration will be free to all current CSBBCS / SCSCCC members, but there will be a required fee of $40 per abstract submission. If you plan to submit a symposium proposal, we ask that you hold off submitting individual abstracts at the conference website until notified about whether your symposium has been accepted.

Deadline for Symposia Submission: Friday, April 16, 2021
Deadline for Abstract Submission: Friday, April 30, 2021
Membership Requirements: Membership in CSBBCS / SCSCCC is required to register for the conference. If you do not currently have a membership in CSBBCS / SCSCCC, please click here.  Once you become a member or renew your membership at the CSBBCS / SCSCCC website, you will be given a “membership token” that you will need to enter on the conference website to complete your registration.
Symposia: A limited number of symposia will be included in the program. These will consist of 3 to 4 talks related to a single topic, presented within a 1-hour session. Symposia submissions must include Title of the symposium, a 150-word abstract describing the topics covered in the symposium, a list of 3 or 4 proposed presenters with their e-mail addresses, and 150-word abstracts for each talk. An email will be sent by April 28th to symposium organizers, indicating whether or not the symposium will be included in the program. For speakers we cannot accommodate within a symposium, their abstracts will be considered for an individual talk or poster presentation.

To submit a symposium proposal, please send the required documents to the program committee at with the subject line “Symposium Submission.”

Talks and Posters:  When you submit an abstract, please indicate whether you would prefer a Talk or Poster.  Talk and poster abstracts must include Title, List of authors, 150-word abstract. Talks will be 15 minutes (12 minutes + 3 minutes for questions per speaker).

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 150-word abstract. You must also be 1) a student at the time of the conference and a dues-paid Associate Member of CSBBCS / SCSCCC and 2) presenting the work you wish to have considered for the award.  
To be considered for the Hebb Award, please submit your regular 150-word abstract through the conference website AND send the Hebb Award Evaluation committee a separate PDF document containing your 1000-word extended abstract on the conference website.
For more information, please visit the 2021 CSBBCS / SCSCCC Conference page:

We look forward to welcoming you virtually in June.

The 2021 CSBBCS / SCSCCC Organizing Committee:

Aaron Johnson (Concordia University)
Natalie Phillips (Concordia University)
Jelena Ristic (McGill University)
Debra Titone (McGill University)