WNAR 2018 Meeting

June 24-27, 2018

Edmonton, AB Canada

WNAR 2018 Conference Program

WNAR 2018 Conference Program with ABSTRACTS

Early bird rates expire May 11, 2018. Abstract submissions (including for Student Paper Competition) are due May 11, 2018.

Online registration ends June 15, 2018 at 11:59 PDT

Onsite registration will be available Sunday morning and evening and Monday morning of the conference at late registration rates,

payable by credit card or check made to University of Alberta

Program Chair: Adam Kashlak, University of Alberta

Local Organizer: Bei Jiang and Linglong Kong, University of Alberta


General Program

Sunday, June 24

  • Short Courses: Statistical challenges for Neuroimaging Data Analysis (8:00 am - 12:00 pm); Individual-level transmission process modelling: epidemics, invasive species and beyond (1:00 - 5:00 pm)
  • WNAR Regional Committee Meeting—3:30 – 5:00 pm
  • Mixer and Poster Session—6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Monday, June 25

  • Concurrent technical sessions—8:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • Regional Advisory Board Lunch—12:30 – 1:45 pm
  • Presidential Invited Address—3:30 – 5:00 pm
  • Reception following Presidential Invited Address—5:00 – 6:00 pm 
  • Tuesday, June 26

  • Concurrent technical sessions—8:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • New Investigators Lunch (for members within 3 years of their PhDs)—12:30 – 1:45 pm
  • WNAR Regional Committee Meeting & Lunch—12:30 – 1:45 pm
  • WNAR General Business Meeting—3:30 – 4:00 pm
  • Banquet—6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 27:

  • Morning concurrent sessions—8:30 am – 12:15 pm

  • Hotel Accommodations

    The conference will be held at the Lister Hall Conference Centre, 11613 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2H6.

    WNAR has secured rooms at three hotels for attendees. 

    Lister Hall Conference Centre Accommodation

    • Rates: Rates starts at CAD$52.00 per night. See the information form for more details.
    • Booking Methods: Fill the Reservation Form.
    • Final Release Date: May 24, 2018.
    • Note: All rooms locate within the conference center.

    Campus Tower Suite Hotel

    • Rates: Rates start at CAD$169.00 per night for one-bedroom suites and two-bedroom suites are also available.
    • Booking Methods: Individual call-in reservations can be made directly through the Hotel, through the toll free reservations telephone line 800.709.1824, the hotel direct at 780.439.6060, using the group code ACT-GFC3000 or meeting name by quoting “WNAR 2018” or through the hotel website by using this unique booking link.
    • Final Release Date: All reservations should be made before June 1st, 2018 to ensure availability.
    • Note: Hotel is 10 minutes walking distance from the conference center.

    Comfort Inn & Suite

    • Rates: Rates start at CAD$97.00 per night.
    • Booking Methods: Individual call-in reservations can be made directly through the Hotel, through the toll free reservations telephone line 1-888-384-6835, the hotel direct at 1-780-423-5611 using the group account 3265649 or meeting name by quoting “WNAR 2018”.
    • Final Release Date: All reservations should be made before May 1st, 2018 to ensure availability.
    • Note: Hotel is 5 minutes LRT plus 10 minutes walking distance from the conference center.

    Alternative nearby hotels can be found here.

    Getting to Edmonton, AB

    You can fly directly into Edmonton via Airlines. The Edmonton International Airport website provides contact information for ground transportation to the Lister Hall Conference Center, including car rental agencies, shuttle service, and cabs.

    The airport is about 30 Km north of the city of Edmonton. The cost of taxi is about CAD$55 from the airport to the Lister Hall Conference Centre. 

    The Sky Shuttle (780-465-8515) is about CAD$30 for adult round trip and it has a stop at the Lister Hall Conference Centre.

    About Edmonton, AB

    Welcome to Canada's Festival City, renowned for its cultural, art, music, theatre and sports festivals. Edmonton is also known for its river valley, the largest stretch of urban parkland in North America - 22 times larger than New York's Central Park! Perhaps you'll have a chance to take a walk on one of our spectacular trails or enjoy some of the following attractions while you're here! 

    • West Edmonton Mall - the largest shopping and entertainment complex in North America.
    • Premium Outlet Collection - Edmonton International Airport -  A new outlet mall planned to open in early May 2018.  Watch this site for updates.
    • Art Gallery of Alberta - maintains a collection of over 6,000 objects. Is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta and the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture.
    • TELUS World of Science - designed to motivate people to learn about and contribute to advances in science and technology. Includes one of the best IMAX theaters and planetariums in Canada.
    • Citadel Theatre - the major venue for theatre arts in Edmonton, located in the downtown core. The Citadel, which marked its 50th-anniversary season in 2015-16, houses five performing spaces and offers 12 plays.
    • Francis Winspear Centre for Music - one of the finest performance spaces in North America, the Winspear Centre is located in downtown Edmonton.
    • Yardbird Suite - since 1957 the Yardbird has provided a venue for live jazz performances featuring local, national & international musicians. The only facility of its kind in Canada. 
    • Whyte Avenue district - within walking distance of the University of Alberta; Edmonton's vibrant population tends to hang out and let loose or shop in this trendy area
    • Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market - For over 30 years the Farmers’ Market in Old Strathcona has rotated a roster of nearly 300 vendors through 185 stalls. On any given Saturday, the market has around 130 vendors selling only locally produced, handmade products indoors.
    • The Muttart Conservatory - an expansive horticultural spectacle noted for its unique architecture
    • Fort Edmonton Park - a large living history museum that recognizes Edmonton's past through a series of interactive restorations

    Tourism and map links

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