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Sherbrooke to host most important francophone science event in 2020 88th Congrès de l’Acfas

Thousands of scientists will gather in Sherbrooke from May 4 to 8, 2020, to take part in the 88th edition of the Congrès annuel de l’Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas), a marquee event which will be jointly hosted by the Université de Sherbrooke and Bishop’s University.

Under the theme « Du jamais su », the Université de Sherbrooke and Bishop’s University invite the university community and the greater public to discover the latest scientific discoveries in every field of study: from health sciences, natural sciences, engineering and mathematics to arts, literature and humanities, the social sciences and education.

Over five days, many presentations and activities will take place, whether as free presentations, symposia, but also at formal events, ceremonies and evening activities. Moreover, free activities for the general public, including workshops ad exhibitions, are also scheduled.

A true occasion for knowledge sharing and discovery, the Congrès de l’Acfas offers the scientific community an unrivalled opportunity to be at the leading edge of major advances in research and to debate current issues. The event is also a great venue to present new research and network with peers.

Thousands of delegates and hundreds of activities

Over 5,000 delegates from over 40 countries are expected for the event, which is often described as the largest multidisciplinary research knowledge gathering in the Francophonie.

Jean-Pierre Perreault, Co-President of the Congrès and Vice-Rector for Research and higher studies of the Université de Sherbrooke, this event perfectly reflects the interdisciplinary and innovation values of the institution: “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to host this important Congrès in Sherbrooke, where research is particularly thriving and diversified. The Université de Sherbrooke has developed an excellent reputation for its multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to research, which makes it an ideal venue for the 2020 Congrès de l’Acfas.”

For his part, Congrès Co-President Miles Turnbull, Vice-Principal, Academic at Bishop’s University, sees very positive outcomes to this event for the institution and the greater scientific community: “Bishop’s University’s researchers devote themselves to the advancement of knowledge to contribute to the socioeconomic development and well-being of our local and global communities, and this partnership with Acfas and the Université de Sherbrooke is an ideal opportunity to share their knowledge in a significant knowledge mobilization initiative. This event will surely be an important milestone in the quest for academic excellence that constantly drives our researchers and students.”

According to Acfas President Lyne Sauvageau, this partnership with the Université de Sherbrooke and Bishop’s University is very promising: “It’s a pleasure to return to Sherbrooke for the 8th time in the history of the Congrès, and for a second time in collaboration with Bishop’s University. It is our hope that, for an entire week, the Congrès will allow for discussion about research and innovation, in every field of study. That is the idea we wished to communicate in choosing Du jamais su as our theme. Indeed, we are all called upon by advances in the natural sciences, social sciences, and in the humanities. The debates taking place within the sphere of research and the discoveries being made spring from the world we live in and contribute to change it.”

Photo credit: Michel Caron

Numbers about the Congrès de l’Acfas

Since its first edition in 1933, the Congrès de l’Acfas has become a reference within the francophone scientific community. On average, when the Congrès takes place in Montreal or Quebec City, the event features  :

  • Over 5,000 delegates;
  • Over 200 conferences covering all areas of research;
  • Close to 4,000 scientific communications, including spoken and posters;
  • Five to ten knowledge mobilization activities for the general public;
  • 10,000 tweets;
  • 40 participating countries
  • Media coverage by 40 to 60 journalists

About Acfas

Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1923 and contributes to the advancement of science in Quebec and Canadian Francophonie. Our mission is to promote research and innovation in the Francophone scientific community, and to share and enhance scientific knowledge for a better quality of life in society.

About the Université de Sherbrooke

The Université de Sherbrooke lies at the center of one of Quebec’s three major research hubs. Recognized for its sense of innovation, the university is a key partner of senior and regional governments in promoting social, cultural, and economic development. Moreover, the university stands out because of the significant growth in its research activities in recent years, its technology-transfer successes, and its entrepreneurial and open-innovation initiatives in collaboration with industry and social communities.

About Bishop’s University

Bishop’s University is a predominantly residential, undergraduate university. Our primary concern is offering students a quality education in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business and education. The residential aspect of our small size (2,400 full-time students) encourages students to immerse themselves in the complete Bishop’s experience.

Additional information:

Congrès de l’Acfas

Research at Université de Sherbrooke

Research at Bishop’s University

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Inquiries:

Alexandre Jay, Professional – Congrès, communications et partenariat
Association francophone pour le savoir – Acfas
514-849-0045, ext. 225 | alexandre.jay@acfas.ca

Isabelle Huard, Media relations advisor
Service des communications | Université de Sherbrooke
819-821-8000, ext. 63395 | medias@USherbrooke.ca

Olivier Bouffard, Director of communications
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, ext. 2840 | olivier.bouffard@ubishops.ca

Announcement of partnership with the Association francophone pour le savoir

The Université de Sherbrooke and Bishop’s University will hold a press conference during which both institutions will make an important announcement regarding a partnership with the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas).

Speakers on this occasion:

  • Lyne Sauvageau, President, Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas).
  • Jean-Pierre Perreault, Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies, Université de Sherbrooke.
  • Miles Turnbull, Vice-Principal Academic, Bishop’s University.

The event will also be streamed live on youtube.com/user/ssfusherbrooke/live

Date:  Friday, April 12, 2019

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Place:
Agora du Carrefour de l’information
Pavillon Georges-Cabana, Campus principal
Université de Sherbrooke, 2500, boulevard de l’Université
Sherbrooke (Québec) J1K 2R1

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Inquiries:

Isabelle Huard, Media relations advisor
Service des communications, Université de Sherbrooke
819-821-8000 ext. 63395
medias@USherbrooke.ca

Olivier Bouffard, Director of communications
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600 ext. 2840
olivier.bouffard@ubishops.ca

Keynote speaker Alex Hutchinson at Congress of Sports Studies – Third edition welcomes author of New York Times bestseller

When you push until you can’t go any farther or faster, what exactly is holding you back? Whether you’re climbing mountains, running marathons, or hoisting weights, physiologists have long debated what really defines our limits. A mounting body of evidence suggests that the brain plays a greater role than previously thought, even for limits that feel purely physical.

Alex Hutchinson, a science journalist who writes on fitness, health and endurance sports for the Globe and Mail, Outside magazine and other publications is the keynote speaker of the third edition of Bishop’s University’s Congress of Sports studies. His most recent book is the New York Times bestseller Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance.

The Congress will take place in the Centennial Theatre Lobby on Wednesday April 10, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will provide attendees with the latest findings on topics such as training methods optimization, injury recovery, sports nutrition and other critical topics in the field of Sports Studies. The keynote conference by Mr. Hutchinson starts at 3:15 p.m. The Congress is a free event sponsored by Bishop’s Department of Sports Studies, and Bishop’s Speakers Committee.

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MEDIA INQUIRIES:
Olivier Bouffard
Director of communications
819-822-9600 ext. 2840
olivier.bouffard@ubishops.ca

Third edition of the Congress of Sports Studies

The Department of Sports Studies of Bishop’s University will host its third annual congress, during which students will share the most recent research results on topics such as training methods optimization, injury recovery, sports nutrition and other critical topics in the field of Sports Sciences.

Alex Hutchinson, science journalist an author of New York Times bestseller Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance will be the keynote speaker of the Congress.

WHO:  Alex Hutchinson, journalist and author

WHAT:  Third edition of the Congress of Sports Studies

WHERE:
Centennial Theatre Lobby
Bishop’s University
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke, QC

WHEN:
Wednesday April 10, 2019
The Congress begins at 1:00 p.m.
Keynote speaker presentation at 3:15 p.m.

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MEDIA INQUIRIES:
Olivier Bouffard
Director of Communications
819-822-9600 ext. 2840
olivier.bouffard@ubishops.ca

Donald Lecture Series: Harley Finkelstein Entrepreneur, lawyer and Shopify COO

Harley Finkelstein founded his first company at age 17 while he was still a student at McGill University.

He completed his law degree as well as his MBA at the University of Ottawa, where he co-founded the JD/MBA Student Society and the Canadian MBA Oath.

Today he is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Shopify, one of the “dragons” of CBC’s Next Gen Den, as well as an advisor to Felicis Ventures as well as OMERS Ventures.

Donald Lecture Series conferences are free and public events that everyone is welcome to attend. Parking on Bishop’s campus is free on the night of the conference.

WHO:   Harley Finkelstein, Entrepreneur, lawyer, and Shopify COO

WHAT:   Donald Lecture Series Conference

WHERE:   Centennial Theatre, Bishop’s University, 2600 College Street, Sherbrooke, QC

WHEN:   Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

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MEDIA INQUIRIES:
Olivier Bouffard
Director of Communications
819-822-9600 ext. 2840
olivier.bouffard@ubishops.ca

BU Singers present Gospel and Other Good News – Concert at Centennial Theatre to feature alumna Karla Mundy

According to German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, “the essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.”

Bishop’s University Singers Artistic Director Dr. James Crooks fully agrees: “The attraction of Gospel and Gospel-inspired music is its deep joy. For me, no other form of choral music captures it so effectively, nowhere is that more evident than in the Gospel tradition.”

The Bishop’s University Singers’ newest concert, Gospel and Other Good News, will be presented at the Centennial Theatre on Friday, at 8 p.m. on March 29, 2019, and will showcase the performance of BU Singers alumna Karla Mundy (’01) – now a well-established choir director and singer in the Vancouver area, who also offers singing workshops throughout North and Central America.

The concert will feature a number of Gospel standards such as How I Got Over, His Eye is on the Sparrow, The Storm is Passing Over, as well as many Gospel-inspired secular pieces including Heaven Help Us All, I’ll Remember You, This is Me, and Light of a Clear Blue Morning.

The concert will also see the long-time BU Singers Artistic Director Dr. James Crooks return to the helm while current Artistic Director Fannie Gaudette is on a one-term temporary leave, concentrating on songwriting and taking part in the Ma Première Place des Arts competition among her many projects.

This concert is made possible thanks to the support of Bishop’s University, the Department of Music, and Bishop’s University Singers’ main sponsor Quebecor. The generosity of Quebecor sustains the BU Singers’ concert series by allowing the choir to expand collaborations with professional musicians as well as established organizations such as the Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke and the Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville.

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MEDIA INQUIRIES:
Sonia Patenaude
Development Officer, Centennial Theatre
819-822-9600 ext. 2617
sonia.patenaude@ubishops.ca

Official opening of Indigenous Space

In the course of its Equity and Pride Week activities, Bishop’s University will inaugurate its Indigenous Space, in the presence of philanthropist Dian Cohen, C.M., O.M.

The official opening will take place at the Indigenous Space, Room 9 of the lower level of the Centennial Theatre building. Members of Bishop’s University’s Indigenous Cultural Alliance, as well as Indigenous Student Support and Community Liaison Officer Mélissa Poirier will say a few words.

WHO:  Dian Cohen, C.M., O.M.

WHAT:  Official opening of the Indigenous gathering space

WHERE:
Centennial Theatre
Room 9
Bishop’s University
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke, QC

WHEN:  Friday, February 22, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.

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MEDIA INQUIRIES:
Olivier Bouffard
Director of Communications
819-822-9600 ext. 2840
olivier.bouffard@ubishops.ca

Ideas on advancing human rights are Up for Debate at Bishop’s – Maple League universities compete for Jane Blaikie Cup

Students from Maple League Universities are gathering at Bishop’s University which is hosting the seventh annual Up for Debate week-end, to take part in a variety of debating activities, discussions and lectures on the theme of advancing human rights, and to benefit from a unique learning experience among peers from similar universities.

“Four similar Canadian liberal arts universities, Acadia, Bishop’s, Mount Allison, and St. Francis Xavier, have formed the Maple League because they believe that by collaborating rather than competing, they can offer students a richer and more relevant learning experience,” explains Dr. Jessica Riddell, of Bishop’s English Department and Executive Director of the Maple League. “The Maple League vision is to build critical thinkers and leaders through the delivery of an extraordinary 21st century liberal education.”

The theme this year is advancing human rights. The Up for Debate activities showcase many of the values of the Maple League such as collaborating to create new ways of learning, encouraging student collaboration in learning, as well as community engagement and global citizenship – both inside the classroom and beyond.

The Up for Debate week-end is a highlight of Maple League collaboration, during which students from Acadia, Mount Allison, and St. Francis Xavier Universities gather at Bishop’s for a week-end of debate competition for the Jane Blaikie Cup, Business School Case competition, TEDxUBishops talks and Donald Lecture by featured speaker Sally Armstrong, O.C.

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MEDIA INQUIRIES:
Olivier Bouffard
Director of communications
819-822-9600 ext. 2840
olivier.bouffard@ubishops.ca

The “grandmother effect”: a crucial role in demographic evolution – Collaboration between Université de Sherbrooke and Bishop’s

From a biological perspective, menopause in women is puzzling: in comparison to what is observed in other species, it occurs much earlier, and long before the end of women’s life expectancy. This led researchers from the Université de Sherbrooke and Bishop’s University to wonder if the relatively early end of reproductive capacity for women might present advantages with regard to gene transmission, by helping their daughters to establish larger families.

Their findings, which are published today in the prestigious Current Biology scientific journal, constitute new supporting evidence to the “grandmother hypothesis.”

By studying the exceptionally well-detailed demographic data available on the first French settlers in Québec between 1608 and 1799, first author Sacha Engelhardt – a postdoctoral fellow at the Université de Sherbrooke, whose work was co-supervised by Dr. Fanie Pelletier, Canada Research Chair (CRC) on Evolutionary Demography and Conservation at the Université de Sherbrooke, and Dr. Patrick Bergeron, of Bishop’s University’s Biology Department – found that having a grandmother living close to her daughters was statistically associated with more grandchildren being born, and with an increased likelihood that those grandchildren would reach maturity.

“Research results suggest grandmothers played a critical role in Québec’s preindustrial population,” Dr. Engelhardt explains. “We were very interested in looking at the geographical effect on humans’ life events, such as the age of first reproduction, how many children were born and how many children reached the age of 15, for instance.”

“In our study, women whose mothers were alive had more children, and more of those children lived to the age of 15,” explains Dr. Bergeron. “Interestingly, the “grandmother effect” decreased as the grandmother-daughter geographic distances increased, suggesting that the potential for help may be related to geographic proximity.”

“The results show that daughters with geographically close living mothers on average were able to have two more children, and that the number of children still alive by the age of 15 increased by about one on average, compared to families where the maternal grandmother had passed away,” Dr. Pelletier explains. “This is a significant evolutionary advantage, especially considering that in parts of that period, sometimes up to about a third of children born did not survive their first year.”

To access the vast amount of data on which their conclusions are based, researchers collaborated with Dr. Alain Gagnon and Dr. Lisa Dillon, of the Université de Montréal’s Programme de recherche en démographie historique to access the vast amounts of data used to reach their conclusions. The study also benefited from using the Mammouth supercomputer of the Université de Sherbrooke’s Centre for Scientific Computing to analyze the data.

The research benefited from the financial support of the Fonds de recherche nature et technologie du Québec (FQRNT), the CRC on Evolutionary Demography and Conservation the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRCC), the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

About the Université de Sherbrooke

The Université de Sherbrooke is at the core of one of the three major research centres in Québec. Recognized for its sense of innovation, UdeS is a top-tier partner for national and regional governments to favour social, cultural and economic development. It also stands out through the rapid growth of its research activities in recent years, its successful technology transfers, as well as its entrepreneurial and open innovation initiatives in partnership with industrial and social actors.

About Bishop’s University

Founded in 1843, and located in Sherbrooke, Québec, Bishop’s University is a predominantly residential, undergraduate university. Our primary concern is offering students a quality education in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business and education. The residential aspect of our small size (2,400 full-time students) encourages students to develop close relationships among themselves and with their professors, and to immerse themselves in the complete Bishop’s experience.

Dr. Patrick Bergeron
Dr. Patrick Bergeron, of Bishop’s University’s Biology Department

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MEDIA INQUIRIES:

Olivier Bouffard
Director of communications
819-822-9600 ext. 2840
olivier.bouffard@ubishops.ca

Geneviève Lussier
Media relations advisor
819-821-8000 ext. 65472
medias@USherbrooke.ca

Donald Lecture Series: Sally Armstrong O.C., award-winning journalist and human rights activist

Known as “The War Correspondent for the World’s Women”, Sally Armstrong is the next guest speaker of the 2018-19 Donald Lecture Series.

A four-time recipient of the Amnesty International Canada media award, as well as other awards such as the National Magazine Awards Foundation’s Gold Award and the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters’ Author’s Award, Ms. Armstrong also was a member of the UN’s International Women’s Commission.

Donald Lecture Series conferences are free and public events that everyone is welcome to attend. Parking on Bishop’s campus is free on the night of the conference.

WHO:  Sally Armstrong, O.C., Journalist and Human Rights Activist

WHAT:  Donald Lecture Series Conference

WHERE:  Centennial Theatre, Bishop’s University, 2600 College Street, Sherbrooke, QC

WHEN:  Friday, February 8, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

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MEDIA INQUIRIES:
Olivier Bouffard
Director of Communications
819-822-9600 ext. 2840
olivier.bouffard@ubishops.ca