Pathway to Increase Standards and Competency of eDNA Surveys (PISCeS) International Conference

PISCeS 2020 at the University of Guelph May 28-29, 2020


The University of Guelph’s Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO), Department of Integrative Biology & College of Biological Sciences are pleased to host a second eDNA conference on May 28-29, 2020. Academia, regulators, and industry will join in a discussion on Pathways to Increase Standards and competency of Environmental DNA Surveys. The intent is to explore and inform public policy, industry strategies and future research. 

Conference: Thursday, May 28 - Friday, May 29, 2020

Training Workshop: Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Training Workshop session will include an introduction to the eDNA approaches, including qPCR assay design, NGS data analysis, and introduction to sampling collection. More details coming soon.



Register here

Registration Type

Early Bird Rate

(Until Jan. 31)

Regular Rate

(Feb. 1- Apr. 30)

Late Rate

(May 1-22)

Student and Postdoc Registration - Conference and Workshop Session $150.00 $200.00 $270.00
Student and Postdoc Registration - Conference Only $100.00 $150.00 $200.00
Student and Postdoc Registration - Training Session Only $50.00 $50.00 $70.00
Regular Registration - Conference and Training Session $250.00 $300.00 $370.00
Regular Registration - Conference Only $200.00 $250.00 $300.00
Regular Registration - Training Session Only $50.00 $50.00 $70.00

Registration Deadlines

  • Early Bird Registration Fee- Due January 31st, 2020
  • Regular Registration Fee - Due April 30th, 2020
  • Late Registration Fee - Due During May 2020


Submission Deadline: February 14th, 2020

Submit your abstract by email to following the submission guidelines:

  • When submitting your abstract use the following format in the email subject: Abstract Submission_LastName_Submission type
  • Abstracts must be submitted as a PDF file.
  • Use the provided template to prepare your abstract. Download the template here.
  • Submitted abstracts may not exceed 250 words (excluding title, author names, affiliations, and keywords).
  • Abstracts should include the following sections: Research topics, Submission type (oral or poster presentation), Title, Author(s), Institution(s), Abstract, Keywords.
  • The main (presenting) author's name should be marked with an asterisk (*)
  • Submitters should select up to 3 research topics (see below) that most closely correspond to the research to be presented.
  • Abstracts should be written in plain English.
  • References should not be cited in the abstract unless they are absolutely essential, in which case full bibliographic information must be provided.
  • Abstracts will be selected by a peer-review process. 

Research Topics:

  • Mesocosms
  • Marine
  • Freshwater
  • Aquatic
  • Terrestrial
  • Conservation
  • Invasive Alien Species
  • Target detection
  • Metabarcoding
  • Methods development
  • Theoretical
  • Applied
  • Policy and regulatory applications 

Confirmation of Acceptance: March 30th, 2020

PISCeS Keynote Speakers

Dr Kat Bruce

                               Director, NatureMetrics                       

Dr. Michael K. Young

Research Fisheries Biologist

National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation,

Rocky Mountain Research Station

PISCeS Local Organizing Committee

Robert Hanner
Biodiversity Institute of Ontario
Centre for Biodiversity Genomics
Department of Integrative Biology 
University of Guelph
Tzitziki Loeza-Quintana
Department of Integrative Biology 
University of Guelph


Scientific Program Committee

Scott Tarof, Azimuth

Mary Murdoch, Stantec

Alfried Vogler, Imperial College


PISCeS Sponsors



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PISCeS Inquiries

Please direct general inquiries to: Robert Hanner, PhD
                                                      Associate Professor 
                                                      Biodiversity Institute of Ontario 
                                                      Centre for Biodiversity Genomics
                                                      Department of Integrative Biology
                                                      University of Guelph
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