forest in autumn colors taken by drone

Academic Members

Researchers from any Canadian institution can apply to become a BIOS² academic member and thereby access training and funding for their students. Researchers from an associated institution (Université de Sherbrooke, Université de Montréal, Université Laval, UQAM, UQAR, Concordia University, University McGill, University of Alberta and University of British Columbia) can access funding through one of the co-PIs. Researchers that do not work at one of the 9 associated institutions will need to invite one of the co-PIs to co-advise the Fellow. In all cases, we require that one of the co-PIs be a member of the Fellow’s advisory committee.

To apply to become a BIOS2 academic member, researchers should send a motivation letter to the direction team ( &, cc. describing their interest in the program objectives, their commitment to the collaborative training experience, and how they could be involved in the training activities and administration. All members are expected to contribute to the development or maintenance of at least one training package.


Several members and organizations have already formed collaborations or partnerships with the BIOS2 program. Whether they are members or organizations of government (local, regional, provincial or federal), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), biodiversity monitoring programs, citizen science organizations or even heavy industry sectors, they all provide an interdisciplinary educational experience. It is precisely the diversity of partner members and organizations that becomes the main asset of the BIOS2 training program.

In fact, collaborations and partnerships can take many forms, as long as the primary interest is in the use of computer technologies to improve biodiversity monitoring and assessment. That said, collaborating members can act as trainers, research collaborators, internship supervisors, internship hosts, interns, etc.

Moreover, members and partner organizations will have the opportunity to submit a PhD project (BIOS² Funding Program for partnered PhD projects), propose problem-solving workshops, work with trainees and access training activities.

To become a BIOS2 Collaborative Member, organizations or representatives supporting the program should send a short letter of interest to the management team ( outlining their motivational expectations and possible contributions to the training program.

If you have any questions, please contact Kim, the program coordinator: