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13th Annual Conference of the CFR

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Preliminary Program

Wednesday May 1st Thursday May 2nd Friday May 3rd
  • Presentations Blocks
  • Workshops or Field Excursion
  • Presentations Blocks
  • Poster session
  • Presentations Block
  • Round Table
  • Best Student Presentations Awards and Door Prizes
  • Closing Remarks
  • After Hour - Forest and Art

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Invited Speaker

The CEF is pleased to welcome, as guest speaker, Mr. Maurizio Mencuccini, Research Professor in forest dynamic at the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies  (ICREA).

Dr. Mencuccini works at the frontier between biological and environmental sciences, interfacing with global change. His main interests are in the study of forest dynamics, particularly carbon and water cycles. He has worked in the boreal, temperate, tropical and Mediterranean forests of Europe, North and South America, Australia and Africa. He has published more than 170 peer-reviewed articles. He is very involved in international debates concerning how longer and more intense droughts, resulting from climate change, can accelerate tree mortality. He also works closely with the forestry sector on a range of themes including growth and carbon sequestration by forests using modelling, data assimilation and remote sensing. He has supervised more than 40 scientists, more than 20 of whom are still active in high-level university or university positions. He also advised the Kenyan government on payment systems for ecosystem services. He has published frequently with Frank Berninger, associate researcher at CEF.

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Round Table

Comment concilier les différentes fonctions de la forêt pour les prochaines générations?

Services provided by the forest are multiple: woody and non-wood production, ecosystem protection, conservation of cultural and spiritual inheritance and recreational function. Are these functions in competition, or can they be reconciled? How will the demand from different actors change over the next few years? What are the future options for securing these services?

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Workshop Program

The workshop detailed is available in this page. You have to register for the three days of the conference to participate to the workshops. You can choose your workshops while registering online. Breaks will take place from 10:00 to 10:30 in the morning and from 15:00 to 15:30 in the afternoon of a duration at the discretion of the animator.

Morning 8h00‑12h00 Afternoon 13h00‑17h00
Local à déterminer
Introduction à la cartographie avec QGIS
(1re partie)
Introduction à la cartographie avec QGIS
(2e partie)
Intro R
Local à déterminer
Introduction à R - Exploration, visualisation de données et création de bloc-notes R
(1re partie)
Introduction à R - Exploration, visualisation de données et création de bloc-notes R
(2e partie)
Local à déterminer
Selection of indicator species - Introduction to the R package "Indicspecies"
(1re partie)
Selection of indicator species - Introduction to the R package "Indicspecies"
(2e partie)
Local à déterminer
Introduction to Satellite Remote Sensing Data with R Analyse de données compositionnelles, biostatistiques et autoapprentissage avec R
R et sediment analysis
Local à déterminer
Introduction aux méthodes d'analyse des durées de survie: application à l'écologie L'analyse des sédiments: à la chasse aux écailles de papillons et aux charbons
Wood anatomy
Local à déterminer
Anatomie quantitative du bois et de la xylogenèse. Partie I : échantillonnage, coupe et préparation des sections anatomiques Anatomie quantitative du bois et de la xylogenèse. Partie II : mesures et analyses des sections anatomiques
GitHub et R-INLA
Local à déterminer
Introduction à GitHub et à la création de packages avec Rstudio Introduction aux modèles spatiaux avec R-INLA
Scientific articles
Local à déterminer
Méta-analyses 101 Scientific writing - How to better read and write journal articles
Participatory methods and Calcul Quebec
Local à déterminer
Introduction et expérimentation des méthodes participatives pour la conciliation des usages et la gestion durable de la forêt Premier pas sur les serveurs de Calcul Québec

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Social Happenings

Wednesday night - An evening at La Pulperie de Chicoutimi 


  • A treasure hunt in the enchanting and historic site of La Pulperie de Chicoutimi  starting at 6 o'clock. Participants will move to the pulperie site to visit the buildings dating from the early twentieth century.
  • A cold and hot buffet in the "grand hall" of the main building.
  • Tasting of a fir beer specially designed for the event, in collaboration with the Menaud brewery of Charlevoix.
  • Ambient music.

Thursday night - 5 à 7 forest and art

  • At the gallery "L'Œuvre de l'Autre" au A0-1040 (UQAC Arts Pavilion)
  • Opening of an exhibition/artistic work resulting from a collaboration between students from the Department of Fundamental Sciences and the Arts Department of UQAC. "Symphonies boréales" is a multidisciplinary auditory and visual work centered around a set of symphonies obtained following the musical transcription of the growth of more than 700 trees making up about twenty boreal old-growth forests. This exhibition is based on the research results of Maxence Martin, doctoral student at UQAC and member of the CEF and was conducted in partnership with Frédéric Tremblay, Joanie Simard and Alexa Tremblay-Francoeur, from Department of Arts, and Valentina Butto of the Department of Basic Sciences and member of the CEF.

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Costs & Registration

Conference and
Conference and
CFR Members 50 $ 70 $ 80 $ 25 $
Others 100 $ 200 $ 220 $ 25 $

Fees include coffe breaks and lunches for the two or three days of the conference.

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Field Excursion

Discover the Saguenay through research in the natural environment

The tour will last all day and will take place in four stages:

  1. Bird watching at the flats of Saint-Fulgence - Only Wildlife Refuge in the Saguenay-Lac Saint-Jean region. Located at the head of the Saguenay Fjord and at the foot of Monts-Valin. Briny marsh characterized by halophytic vegetation 100 km from the St. Lawrence estuary, a spit (geological formation) and an unlimited Duck development. By this date, waterfowl should be at the rendezvous.
  2. Monts-Valin National Park  - Summit at 984m overlooking the landscape of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. Visit of a permanent plot constituted by an ericaceous spruce forest equipped with devices for monitoring reserves and the use of water by trees and intra-annual growth. Phenology cameras, water flow sensors and automatic dendrometers. Facilities to analyze the effect of spruce budworm defoliation on phenology, water relationships, and growth in balsam fir and black spruce.
  3. Niobec mine tailings site  - The only underground niobium mine in the world and one of the world's three largest producers of this ore. Production currently varies from 8 to 10% of the world's niobium volume. Visit of two experimental devices  to test scenarios for the restoration of the tailings pond that promotes the fight against climate change.
  4. Bleuetière de Saint-Honoré - The industry started in the 1950s. 400 blueberry companies are now located in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. In 2012, the value of on-farm production was over $100 million. 85% of this production is exported. The Saint-Honoré blueberry mill is working with several university researchers to innovate production methods and understand the cold acclimatization of this plant, which is famous in the region.

You must select the excursion when registering for the conference to participate. The fee is $30 for CEF members and $120 for non-members. The number of places is limited to 44. Priority to the first registered.

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Transport services (organized carpooling) will be coordinated for each CFR pole. Contact the professional for your pole:

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Here are some suggestions of restaurant near UQAC:


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Hôtel Le Montagnais 
A 4-star hotel located a 15-minute walk from UQAC, Le Montagnais is both the largest hotel complex and the largest convention center in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean.

  • Economy rooms with 2 queen beds: 95$
  • Confort rooms with 2 double beds: 105$
  • Spacious rooms with 1 or 2 queen beds: 120$

Rates per night, taxes not included. 12$ per additional person and 10$ per person for a breakfast.

Hôtel Chicoutimi 
4 star hotel located on Racine street in downtown Chicoutimi, 20 minutes walk from UQAC, at the top of the hill! An excellent morning exercise!
  • Contemporary rooms with 1 queen or 2 double beds: 105$
  • Trendy rooms with 2 queen beds, view on the Saguenay river: 135$
  • Sensoria rooms with 1 king bed: 145$
  • Spacious rooms with 2 king beds, view on the Saguenay river: 160$

Rates per night, taxes not included, breakfast always included.

Auberge Le Parasol 
3-star hotel located on the highest hills of Chicoutimi 7 minutes by car from UQAC. Auberge Resto le Parasol offers an exceptional view of the city and the Saguenay River.

  • Rooms with 2 double beds: 99$
  • Rooms with 1 queen bed: 110$

Rates per night for up to two people, taxes not included. 10$ per additional person.

Hôtel du Fjord 
3-star hotel located in downtown Chicoutimi, just off the Saguenay, and 30 minutes walk from UQAC.
  • Bedroom with 1 queen bed: 114$
  • Bedroom with 2 double beds: 114$
  • Bedroom with 2 queen beds: 119$
  • Suite: 145$

Rates per night, taxes not included, breakfast always included. 12$ per additional person.

Hôtel La Saguenéenne 
Located 5 minutes drive from UQAC.

  • Standard rooms: 105$
  • Superior rooms: 125$

Rate per night in single or double occupancy. Plus taxes.

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Wireless network access

Wifi access (via Eduroam) - Normally, all CFR students who are already connected to the Eduroam wireless network at their own university should be able to connect to the UQAC network without additional configuration. If this is not the case, we recommend that you configure your laptop BEFORE coming to the conference. The configuration instructions are almost identical from one university to another, but here are the instructions provided by each university: UQAM , Université Laval , Université de Sherbrooke , Université de Montréal , McGill , Concordia , UQAC , UQAT , UQAR , UQO , UQTR , TELUQ .

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Instructions for Posters and Presentations

Specific instructions for poster - Posters should be set in PORTRAIT format with maximum dimensions of 36 inches wide by 48 inches tall (90 cm x 122 cm). Read the following article  in Nature to improve the quality of your poster.

Specific instructions for oral presentations - Oral presentations should be 15 minutes in length, followed by 5 minutes of questions. Slides should be in PDF or Microsoft PowerPoint format. Office 2016 will be installed on the computers. You can use previous versions of Office if you do not have version 2016. If you have video or other animation, make sure that the presentation is compatible with Windows and does not need any extra software. Also, because we cannot guarantee access to the Internet, it is important that you save a copy of your presentation on a USB key. Therefore online presentations system should not be used (Prezi and others).

Finally, to ensure that the sessions run smoothly, we will NOT computers to be plugged to the display system. Mac users should ensure that they have a version of Office compatible with Windows PC.

Write to Natacha Fontaine if you have questions about posters and presentations.


Best oral presentation

  • The winner will receive a cash prize of $500 from the CEF.

Best poster

  • The winner will receive a cash prize of $150 from the CEF.

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********************************************************** ************* Colloque **************************** **********************************************************

1 au 3 mai 2019

********************************************************** ************* R à Québec 2019**************************** **********************************************************

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********************************************************** ************* Écoles d'été et formation **************************** **********************************************************

Écoles d'été et formations

Cours intensif sur l'analyse des pistes 
6-10 mai 2019, Université de Sherbrooke
Cours intensif : Taxonomie et méthodes d’échantillonnage en tourbières .
6-17 mai 2019, Université Laval
Dendrochronological Fieldweek 2019 
16-21 mai 2019, Station FERLD
Traits Fonctionnels des Organismes - École thématique internationale
19 au 24 mai 2019, Porquerolles, France
Cours aux cycles supérieurs: Terrain avancé en géographie .
10 au 15 juin 2019, FERLD, Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Ecole d'été en Biologie et Ecologie intégratives 
6-12 juillet 2019, Pyrénées françaises
Cours aux cycles supérieurs: Aménagement des écosystèmes forestiers .
19-30 août 2019, Station FERLD

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...Une exposition
virtuelle sur l'arbre!

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La référence vedette !

Jérémie Alluard (2016) Les statistiques au moments de la rédaction .

  • Ce document a pour but de guider les étudiants à intégrer de manière appropriée une analyse statistique dans leur rapport de recherche.

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