Insect Biotech Conference


Andrew Donini and Jean-Paul Paluzzi, York University

Sponsored by:

Plenary speaker:

Prof. Amro Zayed

Plenary title: Bee genomics and health

Summary: The honey bee, Apis mellifera, is an ecologically and economically important species that provides pollination services to natural and agricultural systems. The publication of the honey bee’s genome in 2006 led to a major intensification of research on this emerging model species. Over the past five years, our group has sequenced the genomes of over 2,000 honey colonies and individuals. I will summarize our efforts to use this data to understand the bee’s remarkable evolutionary history and to develop biotech tools to improve the health of failing colonies. 

IBC2019 Details:

IBC2019 will be held  June 5-7, 2019

Hilton Garden Inn
500 York Road
Niagara on the Lake, ON


Please register for the meeting by April 5, 2019 by completing the registration form and emailing it to Jean-Paul Paluzzi. Fees cover the cost of the registration, opening reception, banquet, breakfasts, lunches and breaks. Conference registration payment must be made upon submission of the registration form either by E-transfer or by cheque made payable to the 'Insect Biotech Conference'.

Please mail cheques by post or I.U.T.S. to:

Jean-Paul Paluzzi, Department of Biology (Lumbers 221),
York University, 4700 Keele St., Toronto, ON, M3J1P3.

Conference costs:

Principal Investigators / Retirees - $325 (includes banquet)
Post-Doctoral Fellows, Graduate Students, and Technicians - $225 (includes banquet)
(Please note: $325 for the attendee representing an absent PI)
Accompanying guests - $125 for the banquet only

Hotel Reservation:

The conference will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 500 York Road, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. We have negotiated a conference rate of $139.00 plus taxes per night, single or double, which is available the night before the conference for those coming in earlier and the Friday night for those staying longer. Please note that you are responsible for making your own reservations. Make reservations directly with the hotel at 1-866-777-9877 or (905) 984-4200 mentioning the Insect Biotech Conference and booking code IBB18. To receive the special conference rate, you must book your accommodations before Wednesday May 8, 2019. For more information on the hotel please go to their website (click here). For things to do in and around Niagara-on-the-Lake click here.


Piazza Party casual barbecue experience at Inniskillin Winery on the evening of Thursday June 6th.  Details will be provided in final IBC2019 program.  Address details for Inniskillin Winery are: 1499 Line 3 (at the Niagara Parkway) Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0.


Please submit an abstract using the following abstract submission form (PDF format) for the oral presentations by April 12, 2019.  Please ensure to follow the specified formatting guidelines.  A sample abstract submission can be found here.

Important Dates to Remember:

Registration form:  April 5, 2019
Abstract due: April 12, 2019
Hotel Reservation: May 8, 2019. After this time the reserved rooms will be released to the public.

Tentative Meeting Schedule:

Wednesday June 5th, 2019:

        6pm-9:30pm: Plenary lecture followed by evening social

Thursday June 6th, 2019:

        8:30am-12:30pm: Morning Scientific Sessions

        12:30-1:30pm: Lunch

        1:30-4:30pm: Afternoon Scientific Sessions

        6pm-10pm: Conference Banquet

Friday June 7th, 2019:

        8:30am-12:30pm: Morning Scientific Sessions

        12:30-1:30pm: Lunch

        1:30-4:30pm: Afternoon Scientific Sessions

        4:30pm: Closing Remarks and End of Conference


Following past practices, there will be two types of presentations.  Standard seminar type (long shots) and short exposures for those who wish to highlight their research for exposure but not for detailed explanation (ideal for graduate students early in their research career and for those more experienced who want to highlight a new or early area of discovery). These short exposures replace the poster sessions.

Long Shots: 15 minute talks, 5 minute questions
Short Exposures: 5 minute talks, maximum 5 slides, 3 min question period.

For more information contact us by email: Andrew Donini and Jean-Paul Paluzzi

Archive of Past Insect BIotech Conference Programs (ie. Schedule of Talks):

2018   2017   2016  2015  2014  2013  2012

2011   2010   2009   2008  2007  2006