BPK Research Day 2017

March 31, 2017

The BPK Research Day 2017 Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that the 8th Annual BPK Research Day will take place on Friday, March 31st, 2017 at the SFU Theatre (Leslie & Gordon Diamond Family Auditorium).

Research Day is an excellent opportunity for students and post-docs to showcase their research by participating in poster competitions, an image contest, or by giving an oral presentation. New this year, we will also be holding a three-minute thesis competition. Prizes will be awarded for top posters, images, and three-minute thesis presentations.

All trainees involved in research within BPK, either at the post-doctoral, graduate (MSc and PhD), or undergraduate level (honours thesis, directed studies, USRA, co-op etc.) are encouraged to participate.


9:00 - 9:30 am Registration & Coffee

9:30 - 9:45 am Welcome & Introductions

9:45 - 10:45 am Student Oral Presentations

10:45 - 11:00 am Break

11:00 - 12:00 pm Keynote: Dr. Jennifer Gardy

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 pm Three-Minute Thesis Competition

2:00 - 3:30 pm Poster Session 1

3:30 - 5:00 pm Poster Session 2

5:00 - 5:30 pm Awards

5:30 pm Highland Pub Social 

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Gardy

The Science of Science Communication: Why Audiences, Stories, and Messages Matter
(11:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Getting out there and sharing your work with your peers and the public is one of those things that separates good scholars from great scholars. In this talk, I’ll share some of what I’ve learned about science communication over the years, from why it’s so important to each and every one of us, through to how you can use a few simple strategies to ensure your communications are clear, concise, and effective. We’ll talk about understanding your audience and your motivation for communication, how to find your message, and how you can put the power of narrative to work for you.

Dr. Jennifer Gardy is both a scientist and a science communicator. In her scientific life, she’s a Senior Scientist in Genomics at the BC Centre for Disease Control and an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Public Health Genomics. Jennifer’s lab uses genome sequencing to understand how infectious diseases spread in populations. When she’s not studying microbes, Jennifer works in science media. She regularly hosts episodes of CBC Television’s long-running science documentary series The Nature of Things, appears as a guest host and contributor on Discovery Chanel’s nightly science newsmagazine Daily Planet, and is a frequent guest on CTV’s daily lifestyle programs CTV Morning Live and The Social.  She wrote a children’s book about microbes for OwlKids Books in 2014, and regularly speaks to science graduate students about how to communicate their research effectively.

Image Contest

The BPK Research Day 2017 Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the return of the Research Day Image Contest.

The Image Contest is a great opportunity for young and seasoned researchers to present their research in a creative way and have a little fun in the process. You do not have to submit an oral or poster presentation for Research Day to submit an image. All you need to do is submit an IMAGE with a CAPTION (as short as possible) that best illustrates your research. Images will be displayed during Research Day and attendees will vote for the winner in 2 categories: BEST IMAGE and MOST CAPTIVATING CAPTION. There are great prizes up for grabs and the winners will be announced on the day. 

Simply send your image (.jpeg, .png, .gif, .eps, .ai, .psd) Amanda Bakkum, at abakkum@sfu.ca by March 17th 2017. Please also note that submitted images will be credited and may be used in BPK promotional material, websites, social media, at events and on digital signage.

A poster with previous image submissions is attached if you need some inspiration. Remember: BE CREATIVE!!!

Three-Minute Thesis

Three-Minute Thesis Information & Instructions

  • Presentations will be just three minutes! 
  • Talk title must be confirmed by 12:00 pm on Friday, March 10th
  • Presenters are allowed one static PowerPoint slide (no transitions, no animations, no videos)
  • Slide must be sent to Dora Hsiao and Amanda Bakkum by 12:00 pm on Thursday, March 30th 
        (dorah@sfu.ca and abakkum@sfu.ca)
  • Presentation time will commence when presenter starts speaking 
  • Presenters will be notified when they have 1 minute remaining and 30 seconds remaining
  • All presentations must occur on the stage 
  • Presentations must only be spoken word 
  • No additional props are permitted 
  • No additional electronic media are permitted 
  • No laser pointers or presentation remotes permitted
  • No question and answer period 
  • Audience will vote for the top two presentations
  • For tips and more information about 3MT competitions refer to SFU's 3MT Website