Welcome to the 2023 Pathway to Increase Standards and Competency of eDNA Surveys (PISCeS) International Conference!

SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 18-20, 2023


The University of Guelph is pleased to host a second eDNA conference on June 18-20, 2023. Academia, regulators, industry, NGO’s, and Indigenous partners are invited to join in a discussion on Pathways to Increase Standards and competency of Environmental DNA Surveys. The intent of the conference is to explore and inform public policy, industry strategies and future research on eDNA.

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Registration Type

Early Bird Rate (Until April 17)

Regular Rate
(April 17 – June 1)

Late Rate
(June 2 – 15)

Student and Postdoc Registration




Regular Registration




Registration Deadlines

  • Early Bird Registration Fee: Due April 17th, 2023
  • Regular Registration Fee: Due June 1st, 2023
  • Late Registration Fee: Due June 15th, 2023

Registration link coming soon

Keynote Speakers

Coming soon

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission opens on January 16th 2023.

Abstracts must be submitted before March 1st ,2023 by email to pisces@uoguelph.ca.  

  • 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 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. Notification of acceptance of abstracts: April 15th, 2023. 


Research Topics:

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


Coming soon

Scientific Program Committee

Coming soon

Local Organizing Committee

Dr. Robert Hanner
Professor, Department of Integrative Biology
College of Biological Sciences
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON, Canada

Tzitziki Loeza-Quintana, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Hanner Lab, Department of Integrative Biology
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON, Canada

Contact Us

For General Inquiries:


For Sponsorship Information:

Jillian Randall (nee Santi) (she/her/hers)
Alumni Advancement Manager
College of Biological Science, Alumni Affairs & Development
University of Guelph

For Information Regarding Scientific Program and Committees:

Dr. Robert Hanner