Call for projects: BIOS² Funding Program for PhD project in partnership

The BIOS² Research Funding Program in partnership supports PhD projects proposed by non-academic partner. The overall theme of the call is “improving biodiversity assessments with new computing technologies”. 

Biodiversity science progressed in the last fifteen years due to remarkable technical advances in computing power and data availability. Biodiversity monitoring programs, along with research projects and citizen science generate massive amounts of information that can be used to predict future impacts of human actions on biodiversity. Other fields of life sciences, such as genomics, medicine, and neuroscience, have met the ‘big data’ challenge by developing computational infrastructure, data pipelines and analytical frameworks, while ecology is comparatively lagging behind. This requires a specific approach to raising  computational literacy among the future generation of ecologists. 

SOFTWARE CARPENTRY WORKSHOP – an introduction to programming for research

This Fall (November 22-26, 2021), BIOS² will host a Software Carpentry workshop to introduce new BIOS2 Fellows, Québec-Océan members and and everyone else interested to the basics of computer programming, working with data and the skills needed to be productive in collaborative research projects.

Facilitating Engaging and Inclusive Group Discussion – Training and coaching sessions

BIOS2 is committed to integrating the values of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) into the program (management structure and program environment). In 2021, we decided to put more energy towards developing a more inclusive culture and environment, and promoting EDI in the program.  As a result, we have begun a series of training and reflection activities on EDI issues. In particular, we had a focus group to develop an EDI action plan for the program that will soon be published.

As the first activity of our cohort, we decided to start with the basics: communication. Therefore, we will hold a workshop about Facilitating Engaging and Inclusive Group Discussion.

BIOS2 Workshop: an (un)reproducibility detox

Postponed to a later date. Stay tuned.


It’s renovation season and there’s no better time to revisit the way we do research!

Hosted by BIOS2, this 7-day spa-like detox routine will make you question and re-organize your routine for better productivity and reproducibility of your AMAZING science. Come learn together about trust in open science, open project design, version control, virtual environment and more!

This reproductibility workshop will run from July 4 to July 10 2021, with more offline activities and less expositive tutorials. 100% fun activities that don’t feel like work!