Media advisory: McGill launches Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science


The United Nations declared 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity, a celebration of life on Earth and of the value of biodiversity for all. In this spirit, McGill University is proud to launch the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science (QCBS) bringing together more than 60 scientists from eight academic institutions (Bishop’s University, Concordia University, McGill University, Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Rimouski, Université du Québec à Montréal, Université Laval and Université de Sherbrooke), in collaboration with the Montreal Botanical Garden and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

The last decade has seen the development of impressive research in biodiversity science within Quebec with outstanding scientists working at the forefront of the field both nationally and internationally. These researchers, however, were scattered across numerous universities, government organizations and nongovernmental agencies – until now. To foster collaboration, the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies supported the creation of the QCBS currently hosted by McGill University’s Department of Biology.

What: Launch of the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science (QCBS)

When: Monday, February 15, 2010 - 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: New Residence Hall, McGill University, 3623 Park Ave., Montreal

Events: Address of the Convention on Biological Diversity secretariat and lectures on the following topics: “Discovery and Biodiversity”; “Change in biodiversity and functioning of ecosystems”; “Conservation of biodiversity, management and governance”

The QCBS’s aim is to provide a source of research and training excellence to foster biodiversity science for the scientific community, government and the general public of Québec.

Contact Information

William Raillant-Clark
Media Relations Office, McGill University
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