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The Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group (BBRG) will be hosting the workshops.  Researchers across Canada, US and Europe will attend the event. 

Workshop 1 (September 21, 2016)
Landscape Management and Design for Bioenergy and the Bioeconomy

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to share views and experiences and, in this way, provide a basis for identifying challenges and opportunities related to landscape management and design. A workshop outcome report is planned, which will summarize important concerns, knowledge gaps and research questions that should be followed up in subsequent activities.

Workshop 2 (September 22, 2016)
Mobilisation of Forest Biomass to Produce Bioenergy, Biofuels and Bioproducts: Challenges and Opportunities.

This event aims to bring together stakeholders from different countries to identify and discuss opportunities, challenges, best practices and knowledge gaps in the area of forest biomass mobilization for the sustainable production of bioenergy (including liquid fuels) and bioproducts. The workshop will be built around presenting real case studies concerning the deployment and the development of forest biomass supply chains. These case studies will be selected to cover a range of geographic regions, feedstocks, end-products and the maturity of project development, and a plenary discussion defining/highlighting the critical challenges, opportunities, and best practices.

The workshop will provide the material for drafting a report on best practices and recommendations for mobilization of forest biomass, to be published jointly by BioFuelNet and IEA Bioenergy.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 13:36

Visit of NIFTEM UG students to U of Saskatchewan


9 top undergraduate students (years 1 through 4) from the National Institute of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM), Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India, successfully completed ‘Food Technology Summer Research Internship 2016’ during July 22-30, 2016. Dr. V. Meda, Assoc. Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering was the lead Co-ordinator of this maiden summer internship program under the international MoU between the two institutions.  One faculty member Dr. A. Upadhyay accompanied the student delegation. The summer internship was jointly supported by the University’s international office(s), graduate students (Robbarts/Tolen) in biological engineering and the Colleges of Engineering/Agriculture and Bioresources.


Wednesday, 14 September 2016 13:24

News from McGill University

Dr Vijaya Raghavan, CSBE president

We would like to welcome Dr Vijaya Raghavan, professor of Bioressources Engineering Department of McGill University, as the new CSBE president!

NABEC Young engineer

Dr Jan Franklin Adamowski, associate professor of Bioressources Engineering Department, received the NABEC (Northeast Agricultural and Biological Engineering Conference) ‘Young Engineer of the Year’ award, during NABEC 2016 which was held in Orono, Maine (USA) from July 31st to August 3rd.

Dr Ramaswamy, fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Dr Hosahalli S. Ramaswamy, professor of the Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry Department of McGill University, will be inducted as fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada), on November 18th  2016 in Kingston (Ontario). Congratulations!

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(rédigé par Damien de Halleux et Mohamed Khelifi, directeurs de programme de génie alimentaire et génie agroenvironnemental, respectivement)

Les efforts investis ces dernières années par la Faculté des sciences de l’agriculture et de l’alimentation ainsi que par le Département des sols et de génie agroalimentaire de l’Université Laval pour augmenter les inscriptions aux programmes de baccalauréat en génie agroenvironnemental et génie alimentaire ont été fructueux. En effet, le nombre d’inscriptions a quasiment doublé depuis 5 ans avec plus de 70 étudiants et étudiantes inscrits pour chacun de ces deux programmes durant les sessions d’automne pour un total de plus de 150 étudiants et étudiantes inscrits en 2015-2016. Dans un domaine traditionnellement occupé par les hommes, le pourcentage des filles inscrites en génie agroenvironnemental est en légère augmentation depuis 4 ans pour se rapprocher des 40% en 2015-2016. En génie alimentaire, plus de la moitié des inscriptions sont des filles avec un taux de près de 60% d’étudiantes inscrites l’automne passé. Le programme de génie alimentaire enregistre vraisemblablement le plus haut pourcentage d’inscription féminine parmi tous les programmes de génie au Québec. Ces statistiques sont encourageantes et envoient un signal positif pour l’avenir de la profession en génie agroalimentaire au Québec.

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(photo credit: Faculté des sciences de l’agriculture et l’alimentation, UL)

Déjà au sein du personnel du Département des sols et de génie agroalimentaire depuis cinq ans comme professionnel de recherche, Serge-Étienne Parent y œuvre maintenant à titre de professeur adjoint en génie bio-numérique, et ce, depuis le 1 juin dernier.

Il sera responsable du cours «Concept en génie agroenvironnemental», et accompagnera les étudiants de premier cycle à travers différents projets d'études. L’ingénieur écologue, spécialisé en analyse, modélisation et conception de systèmes vivants, supervise actuellement un étudiant à la maîtrise en fertilisation du maïs et un autre au doctorat en fertilisation de la pomme de terre.  Il a pour projet de développer un cours de calcul scientifique en écologie et agronomie, ainsi qu'à plus long terme, de développer un cheminement académique en génie écologique.

Bienvenu !


Wednesday, 14 September 2016 13:19

Le développement durable à l’Université Laval

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(photo credit: Julie Moffet for Forêt Montmorency)

Après des années d’efforts soutenus, l’Université a atteint la carboneutralité en réduisant massivement ses émissions de gaz à effet de serre et en les compensant à l’aide du puits de carbone de la Forêt Montmorency et d’achats de crédits de carbone. Elle devient la toute première université québécoise et la première au Canada à présenter, sans y être obligée par une loi, un bilan nul de ses émissions de gaz à effet de serre. En 2014, l’Université Laval a obtenu l’accréditation STARS qui la classait 1re au Canada et 9e au monde.

Pour plus d’information : https://www2.ulaval.ca/developpement-durable/

Forêt Montmorency : http://www.foretmontmorency.ca/

STARS : www.stars.aashe.org


Joint meeting with CIGR Section VI: Bioprocesses

August 6-10 Canad Inns Polo Park

Winnipeg night 

On behalf of the Local Arrangements Committee of the Canadian Society for Bioengineering 2017 Annual General Meeting and Conference, it will be our great pleasure to welcome you to Winnipeg, Manitoba next summer. Next year’s 3-day conference which will include technical presentations, poster presentations, plenary sessions, workshops and technical tours, will also host the national gathering of the CIGR Section VI Bioprocesses (Postharvest Technology and Process Engineering). The conference will provide the opportunity to share professional research, experience and insights with colleagues from Canada and beyond, and will coincide with Winnipeg’s famous Folklorama Festival, the largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world.

Stay tuned for more details!

Danny Mann, P.Eng., PhD

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Thursday, 16 June 2016 05:44

Message from President Sylvio Tessier

sylvioMaman, c’est finiiiiii! (it’s over), well almost…  Less than a month left in my President’s mandate.  But this will be the busiest month so far…  For one, I’m writing to you from some very dry place in Washington State’s Palouse region, quite close to where I took my PhD studies…  Small world!  Just a quick one for my past undergrad and grad students, and work trainees: I’m again tinkering on yet another seeder project, and t’is the time for long days…  Hands on, hands dirty, dust and grease here and there, that’s me all right.  So, some habits are hard to loose… but I am more patient, that I can tell you!


Don't miss the upcoming CSBE/SCGAB AGM and Technical Conference that will be held in Halifax during July 3-6!

The conference will provide great opportunity to share professional research, experience and insights with colleagues from Canada and beyond. The Local Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that more than 90 oral presentations/posters will be in the final program, which is now available online.  Currently over 90 conference delegates have registered for the full conference.  There will also be over 30 students participating in a new “roadtrip” initiative this year which includes attending some of the social conference events.

We are excited to present our program with keynote speaker, Dr Adam Fenech, director of the Climate Research Lab at the University of Prince Edward Island.  He has worked extensively in climate change and shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize as a member of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  Our panel discussion will be on “the impact of climate change on sustainable food production: minimizing on-farm climate related risks” with panellists from Dalhousie University, University of New Brunswick and Industry.  The technical tour will showcase Dalhousie University’s Agricultural Campus, including the Bio-Environmental Engineering Centre (BEEC), aquaculture center and extension/business incubator (Perennia) and dairy/biogas farm.

Our FREE workshop on “Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Commercialization promises to be very interesting.  It will be presented by Kevin Dunn, the Director of the Industry Liaison and Innovation office at Dalhousie University, and also by Paul Richards from Innovacorp, Nova Scotia's early stage venture capital organization. This workshop, to be held on Sunday afternoon, is free of charge and open to all – please indicate your interest in attending this workshop by clicking on the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/GTfOBQUvo3Pm1El03

There will be plenty of opportunity to mingle and socialize, with the events that are organized, starting with the Sunday Opening Reception in the 8th floor Summit Suite of the World Trade Convention Center (WTCC) with beautiful harbour views. The Monday Evening Social/BBQ will be held at the Austinville Owl’s Club, located right on Lake Banook in Dartmouth, where picnic games will be organized.  The Tuesday Evening Awards Banquet at the WTCC will feature entertainment by local musicians, Mike “Cam” Campbell and Gordie Roach, presenting “Fiddle n’ Drum”, a musical event featuring traditional maritime and classic popular music.

posterinmypocketAlso, we are delighted to announce that the Canadian Society for Bioengineering CSBE/SCGAB 2016 Conference will be able to offer poster presenters the option of extra exposure of their posters via the new Poster in my Pocket App! This App is available FREE from the iTunes App store and Google Play Android store. As a poster presenter you can share your research with conference attendees and the rest of the world.  Many thanks to Elsevier for sponsoring this new feature.

Please visit our website for more information.  Our early-bird deadline has now passed, but you still have up until June 24th to register for the conference and events. 


The Local Organizing Committee is excited to welcome everyone to Halifax – we hope to see you soon! 

Su-Ling Brooks
Local Organizing Committee Co-Chair
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Wednesday, 15 June 2016 12:31

Executive Council elections

Dear CSBE-SCGAB member:

This year we are very fortunate to have a full slate of candidates for the Executive Council positions that are up for renewal. Nearly all of these positions are contested, which requires that you cast your electronic ballot in this year’s election to choose that people that will represent you on the Council. For a very few there might be only a single candidate, in which case your ratifying vote is required. Active elections are exciting because they are an opportunity for us to directly influence the governance and renewal of our Society.

You will receive a voting token early next week from the Electionbuddy mailing system. Please carefully consider the candidates that are presented and vote early! The poll will close at the AGM in Halifax and the new Council will be announced at that time.

Thank you in advance for your participation in your Society’s electoral process!


Grant Clark
CSBE-SCGAB Past-President

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