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Canadian Research Software Conference 2020

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 Hosted by CANARIE

Status of Canadian Research Software Conference in Light of COVID-19

Heeding the guidance of Quebec Ministry of Health, we’ve made the decision to cancel this year’s Canadian Research Software Conference, originally scheduled for May 26-27 in Montreal.

We thank our confirmed speakers and those of you who had registered to attend. All registration fees will be fully refunded. All hotel room bookings in the conference’s room block at the Omni Mont Royal can also be cancelled without penalty, up to 24 hours before the expected arrival date.

We look forward to hosting you next year. If you have any questions, please contact us at registration@canarie.ca.

Who should attend?

  • Developers of research software (regardless of job title)
  • Computational researchers
  • Students with an interest in computational research
  • Developers of open source software to support research
  • Researchers with an interest in software development

Why should you attend?

  • To learn, collaborate, exchange ideas, and discuss common issues affecting software development for academic research
  • To further build a cohesive Canadian community of academic research software developers
  • To strengthen the impact of public funds for research

How can you contribute?

There are 3 ways to contribute:

  • Short Talks: 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for Q&A
  • 5-minute Lightning Talks: Share your ideas with the group quickly through a super-short talk (perfect for new presenters)
  • Poster Competition: Students or those starting a career in software development can enter a poster in the competition.  Prizes will be awarded to the top three (3) entries as voted by conference attendees.

Speakers

Please check back often for an updated list of speakers.

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Program

DAY 1 | Tuesday, May 26

  • 8:00 – 9:15 AM | Breakfast and Registration
  • 9:15 – 10:30 AM | Conference Sessions
  • 10:30 – 11:00 AM | Networking Break
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Conference Sessions
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Lunch and Networking
  • 1:00 – 2:30 PM | Conference Sessions
  • 2:30 – 3:00 PM | Networking Break
  • 3:00 – 4:15 PM | Conference Sessions
  • 5:00 – 7:00 PM | Reception

DAY 2 | Wednesday, May 27

  • 8:15 – 9:15  AM | Breakfast and Registration
  • 9:15 – 10:15 AM | Conference Sessions
  • 10:15 – 10:45 AM | Networking Break
  • 10:45 – 11:45 AM | Conference Sessions
  • 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM | Lunch and Networking
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM | Contributed Talks
  • 2:00 – 2:10 PM | Stretch Break
  • 2:10 – 2:50 PM | Contributed Talks
  • 2:50 – 2:55 PM | Survey and Poster Awards
Please note: the Canadian Research Software Conference will be conducted in English.

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Registration

All fees are in CAD and are subject to QST.  Registration fees include all on-site meals throughout the CRSC20 proceedings.

Price
Early Bird Rate
(until April 15)
$99
Standard Rate
(April 16 – May 15)
$149
Late Registration
(May 16 – May 26)
$249

 

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Call for Presentations

Research software developers, computational researchers, and students are invited to submit proposals for presentations at the Canadian Research Software Conference. Topics may include discussions of your current project, a challenge you are facing in your current project, or topics related to the development of software for academic research that you wish to discuss with conference attendees.

Proposals for both Short Talks and Lightning Talks are welcome from both individuals and groups. All those selected to speak at the conference will receive complimentary registration. Slides must be in PowerPoint or PDF format.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must include:

  • Name, Title, Email address, and Organization of presenter(s)
  • Type of talk (short or lightning)
  • Bio for each presenter (maximum 150 words)
  • Presentation abstract (maximum 150 words or 500 characters)

Evaluation Criteria

The following criteria will be used to select presentation proposals:

  • Relevance of the topic to the Canadian research software development community
  • Clarity of the proposal
  • Uniqueness/originality of the topic

Key Dates

  • April 3, 2020 at 5 PM ET – Submission deadline
  • April 17, 2020 – Notification of successful submissions
  • May 22, 2020 – Slides due to conference organizers
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    20 minutes (15 minute presentation plus 5 minutes for Q&A)

    5 minutes (2 slides max)


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    Call for Posters

    If you are a student or a research software developer early in your career, you are encouraged to participate in the Poster Competition. Topics for posters may include discussions of your current project or other topics related to the development of software for academic research that you wish to discuss with conference attendees. Posters will be on display during both days of the conference, with poster sessions during coffee and lunch breaks.

    All conference attendees will vote on the posters, with prizes awarded during the closing remarks at the end of day 2, on May 27, 2020.

    Prizes

    • 1st Place: $500 Amazon.ca Gift Card
    • 2nd Place: $350 Amazon.ca Gift Card
    • 3rd Place: $150 Amazon.ca Gift Card

    Submission Guidelines

    Submissions must include:

    • Name, Title, Email address, and Organization of presenter(s)
    • Bio for each presenter (maximum 150 words)
    • Poster abstract (maximum 150 words or 500 characters)

    Please note: For those selected, posters should be legible from a distance of 1 m and must not be larger than 0.9m x 1.2m (3ft x 4ft).

    Evaluation Criteria

    The following criteria will be used to select posters proposals:

    • Relevance of the topic to the Canadian research software development community
    • Clarity of the proposal
    • Uniqueness/originality of the topic

    Key Dates

    • April 3, 2020 at 5 PM ET Submission deadline
    • April 17, 2020 – Notification of successful submissions
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      Travel

      Accommodations

      Hotel Omni Mont-Royal
      1050 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal, Quebec

      Rated a prestigious four-star by Hébergement Québec and Four Diamond by AAA/CAA, the Omni Mont-Royal provide travelers with an array of hotel amenities and guest services in a luxury setting.  Surrounded by a vast array of boutiques and restaurants, the Omni offers you the utmost in hospitality and convenience. A well-known address within the business community, the hotel is best known for its dedicated and experienced personnel.

      CANARIE has secured a highly discounted rate of $239/night at a room block at the CRSC venue, the Hotel Omni Mont-Royal. Please note: there are limited spots available in this block. Hotel rooms in Montreal in May are at a premium, so please book your accommodations as soon as possible.

      Please use the link below to book your reservations in the CRSC room block before April 24, 2020.

      Book your stay

      Parking

      Valet parking: $33.50 inclusive of taxes (in and out privileges)
      Self-parking: Various indoor parking garages near the hotel

      Prices are subject to change without notice.

      Transportation from the Airport

      Taxi: Approximately $40 CAD, flat fee, one way
      Limousine: Approximately $88 CAD + taxes, one way
      Public Transportation: Express bus 747 Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport/downtown | 3-minute walk to the Montreal Metro System (Peel station)

      Local Dining

      Montreal is host to a wide range of restaurants to fit every palate. The city’s ethnic diversity will allow you to travel the tastes of the globe as you explore your surroundings.

      Travel to Montreal

      Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport

      Visit the Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport website to find flight information and rental car options. Transportation is also available directly from the terminal to downtown Ottawa via bus, taxi, limousine, or Uber.

      VIA Rail

      VIA Rail provides frequent daily service to Montreal from most Canadian cities. Montreal’s Central Station is a short bus or taxi ride from downtown.

      Public Transit

      The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) provides comprehensive transit information for Montreal’s bus and metro system. The InterContinental Montreal is easily accessible by bus or metro from the airport and train station.

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