September 2017

10 Sep 2017
Vol. 10, no. 4

2017 RQR Symposium

The 10th RQR Symposium will be held on November 14 and 15, 2017 at the Pavillon La Coop of Espace St-Hyacinthe. You can now consult the preliminary program!



Symposium (November 14 and 15)

Do not forget to book your hotel room at the Holiday Inn Express and mention the name of the group (Réseau Québécois en reproduction) to benefit from the special rate.

Pre-Symposium Workshop

Mitigating gender bias in science

A pre-Symposium workshop entitled « Mitigating gender bias in science » will be held on November 13th, from 9am to 5pm.

Please note that this workshop will take place at the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire (1500, rue des vétérinaires, room 1465) in St-Hyacinthe. The workshop is addressed to women and men, from trainees to principal investigators, so everyone is welcome (and encouraged!) to attend. Free for trainees, but regular members and collaborators will be asked to contribute 150$ to help defray costs. The workshop will be held in English only, and the format will require that it be limited to 40 participants.

Click here for more details!

KT Award – Deadline extended

As part of the 2017 Symposium, the RQR will offer two Knowledge Transfer Awards: a researcher award and a trainee award. These two awards in the amount of $400 each will be officially awarded at the RQR Annual Symposium in November along with an honorary plaque.

Applications must be submitted by email to by October 20th. Please note that it is also possible to nominate another member, trainee or researcher.

To submit an application, please complete the form.

RQR Training Committee: Students wanted!

The RQR Training Committee is seeking for 4 new students members from each of the 4 research centers involved in the network.

The main objectives will be to set up an interuniversity course in reproductive biology, decide on future training workshops and participate in the organization of future Symposia.

The Committee will meet 2 to 3 times a year.

If you want to submit your application, please send your request by email to and explain why you want to be a part of this committee.

TRAINING WORKSHOPS:   The Training Committee wishes to know the needs of its students regarding future training workshops. Do not hesitate to send your suggestions by email to

New RQR manager

It is with a great pleasure that the RQR welcomes a new RQR manager, Charlène Rico. Charlène obtained her PhD in 2010 in France at the Institut National de Recherche Agronomique (University of Tours). From 2011 to 2014 she acquired postdoctoral experience at the Université de Montréal and Boviteq. We wish her all the best!

Any questions or requests regarding the RQR can be sent to

Events to come...

2017 Symposium sur les boivins laitiers

The Quebec Reference Center for Agriculture and Agri-food (CRAAQ) will present the 2017 Symposium sur les bovins laitiers on Tuesday October 24 at the Centrexpo Cogeco in Drummondville.

Deadline to register and benefit from the special price is October 10.

For more information, please visit the CRAAQ website.

2017 AETA & CETA/ACTE Joint Scientific Convention

The American Embryo Transfer Association and the Canadian Embryo Transfer Association invite you to their annual convention on October 26-28, 2017.

For more information, please visit the AETA or the CETA websites.

The 49th Annual Symposium of the Society of Toxicology of Canada, winter 2017

The 49th annual Symposium of the Society of Toxicology of Canada will be held on November 29th – December 1st, 2017 at the Omni Hotel in Montreal. Please visit this page to access information and register:

The FRQNT international internship program is back

The FRQNT has opened a 2017-2018 competition to allow us to expand our network internationally: the international internship program (reserved for MSc and PhD students of the network)

Act quickly! The stay must begin before March 31, 2018 and deadline to submit an application to the RQR is November 20, 2017!

For more details on the International Internship program, please visit the student section of the RQR website or the FRQNT website.

Any questions regarding this competition can be addressed to Charlène Rico, RQR network manager, by email at

RQR new members

It is with a great pleasure that the RQR welcomes three new regulars members, Drs. Rima Slim, Nicolas Gévry and Clémence Belleannée and one new collaborator, Dr. Mouhamadou Diaw!