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ISHPSSB schedule 18juin2015


Sunday 13:00 till 17:00 and Monday 8:00 till 9:00, hallway of J.-A.-DeSève (DS) building (320 Sainte-Catherine Est).

President’s welcome

Sunday 17:00 till 18:00, Marie-Gérin-Lajoie auditorium (entrance through J.-A.-DeSève building: walk through the underground corridor to reach the auditorium located in the Judith-Jasmin (J) building).
Given by Michel Morange, president of ISHPSSB, with a few words from the Program Committee and the Local Organizing Committee; essential practical information about the conference will be communicated. This event is followed by the Welcome to Montréal cocktail, at the exit of the auditorium.

Welcome to Montréal cocktail

Sunday 18:00 till 20:00, lobby of Marie-Gérin-Lajoie auditorium
Open to all conference attendees. The Canadian universities sponsoring the event (see section “Partners of ISHPSSB 2015”) offer you a warm welcome to Montréal. Come and meet colleagues from around the world in an informal and festive atmosphere. Two drinks offered per person (you will receive two tickets at registration); additional drinks available for purchase at the bar.

Lunch breaks

You are on your own for lunch, but we have planned long, three-hour breaks to give you ample time to relax, sit down for a meal, and enjoy the company of colleagues and friends. Turn to section “Getting around” for a look at a list and map of interesting lunch spots we have assembled, or check the ISHPSSB2015 website under “Getting around” for more details.

Council meetings

Monday, Thursday and Friday 13:00 till 15:00, room DS-1955
Council meetings are meetings of the ISHPSSB council during which administrative matters concerning the Society are dealt with. The council meetings are restricted to ISHPSSB Council members, that is to say the President of the society, the President-Elect, the Program Officer, the Secretary, the Treasurer, the Student Member of the Board of Directors, and six elected Directors.

Monday plenary session – Sandra Harding

Monday 17:30 till 19:00, Marie-Gérin-Lajoie auditorium
Presentation by Sandra Harding: What is Objective Research for Social Justice Movements? See section “Plenary talks” for details on the presentation. This event is followed by the poster session and cocktail in the lobby of the auditorium.

Poster session and cocktail

Monday 19:00 till 20:30, lobby of Marie-Gérin-Lajoie auditorium
Open to all conference attendees. Come and see the posters while enjoying the cocktail right after Sandra Harding’s talk. Cast your vote for the Montréal best poster prize. One drink offered per person (you will receive a ticket at registration); additional drinks available for purchase at the bar.

Early career scholar mentoring lunch

Tuesday 13:00 till 15:00, room DS-R510
During this informal luncheon, students and early career members of the society meet, mingle, chat, and lunch with established scholars. Topics include navigating the job market, interdisciplinary publishing, collaborations between the life sciences and their history and philosophy, alternative careers, being a minority in the field, and more! You do not have to be a student to attend.
NOTE: lunch will only be provided to those who signed up to this event while registering online for the conference.
Mentors: Stuart Newman, Linnda Caporael, Scott Gilbert, Sandra Mitchell, Staffan Müller-Wille, Sabina Leonelli, Rachel Ankeny, Denis Walsh, Jessica Bolker, André Ariew, Angela Potochnik, Anya Plutynski, Roberta Millstein, and Rob Skipper.

Graduate student members general meeting & student representative elections

Wednesday 13:00 till 14:00, room DS-R510
We will be electing our 2015-2017 Graduate Representative, who discusses and votes on ISH internal policies with faculty committee members on behalf of the student body, and is the default Chair on the Student Advisory Committee. The general meeting is also an opportunity for student members to give feedback regarding the student travel support funding and reimbursement process, a dossier which the current student rep has worked hard to advance.

Membership diversity meeting

Wednesday 14:00 till 15:00, room DS-R515
ISHPSSB is predicated on bringing together scholars from diverse disciplines, including historians, philosophers, and social scientists of the life sciences, as well as practicing biologists. In recent years, there has been a noticeable decrease in participation from some disciplines, which has been a cause of concern. Council members Emily Schultz and Alan Love will facilitate a discussion about the future of ISHPSSB and the prospects for maintaining and growing its disciplinary diversity.

Wednesday plenary session – W. Ford Doolittle

Wednesday 17:30 till 19:00, Marie-Gérin-Lajoie auditorium
Presentation by W. Ford Doolittle: Hugging the Tree of Life. See section “Plenary talks” for details on the presentation. This event is followed by the pub-night cocktail in a nearby location on campus.

Pub-night cocktail

Wednesday 19:00 till 20:30, “Le Département” bar, room A-M640
Open to all conference attendees. Come have a beer and pub-style fare on campus close to the auditorium (follow the signs) right after W. Ford Doolittle’s talk. The best poster Montréal prize will be announced: make sure to be there. One drink offered per person (you will receive a ticket at registration); additional drinks available for purchase at the bar.

Awards ceremony followed by ISHPSSB general meeting

Thursday 17:30 till 19:00, Marie-Gérin-Lajoie auditorium
The Awards ceremony and ISHPSSB general meeting are open to all members of ISHPSSB. During the Awards ceremony, the winners of the David Hull Prize, the Marjorie Grene Prize, and the recently created Werner Callebaut Prize will be announced. The General meeting that follows is an important meeting during which key matters that concern the Society are communicated to all members. In particular, this is when information about the next ISHPSSB meeting’s location is announced, newly elected council members and committee activities are announced, and financial reports are provided by the Treasurer. Every member of the Society is strongly encouraged to attend. For more information, see the PLANNING_GENERAL_MEETING_150704.pdf.

Buffet dinner (“Cocktail dînatoire”)

Thursday 19:30 till 22:00, Salon Urbain, Place des arts (1600 rue Saint-Urbain )
Participation is restricted to those who have signed up and paid for this event at conference registration.This is the main festive event of the conference, featuring a fine-dining buffet and wine. It will be held off-campus, a short walk away to Place de Arts.
How to get there from the ISHPSSB conference location: take a left exiting the DS building onto St-Catherine, then imme - diately turn right onto Sanguinet. Take the second left onto Maisonneuve, then walk about 5-8 minutes to St-Urbain street. The venue is slightly left, on the far side of the street, with a sign indicating “Place des Arts”.


Excursions in and around Montréal

Friday afternoon
There are plenty of activities in and around Montréal which are sure to grab your attention: tours, libraries, boat rides, and more! We can help find the best activity for your needs: either check out the ISHPSSB2015 website under “Program”, or come visit us at the registration desk. Note that if you would like to attend any of the excursions, you will need to do the booking yourself.