Welcome to the Richard E. Peter Biology Conference website!

Conference Updates

The 2021 conference is underway March 1-5, 3:00 to 6:00 PM.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date!

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Abstracts will be openly accessible on this website throughout the conference.

Live Zoom meetings are automatically open to attendance by email addresses from the University of Alberta, MacEwan University, King’s University, and Concordia University of Edmonton.  (Login to Zoom with your university email to attend meetings.)

University of Alberta attendees have automatic access to the supplemental materials on the website, including posters and speaker notes.  Guests from other universities, please use this form to register for enhanced access to these supplemental materials.

Keynote Presentations
Dr. Tamzin Blewett on Monday, March 1, at 5:00 PM.
Dr. Aerin Jacob on Friday, March 5, at 5:00 PM.


3MT Workshop
presented by Dr. Valerie Miller and Dr. Catherine Tays from Future Energy Systems
Tuesday, March 2, at 3:00 PM MST

  • Succinctness and directness. Keeping to a level appropriate for your audience. These are presentation skills that every researcher should master if you want your work to have the most impact. This is especially true for a three minute thesis. Refining years of research into less than three minutes of content is as challenging as it is rewarding. Learn the basics, and some tips and tricks to smooth the way.

EDI Workshop – Inclusive Work & Learning in STEM
presented by Parker Leflar, Education Facilitator from the Office of Safe Disclosure & Human Rights
Wednesday, March 3, at 3:00 PM MST

  • How do equity, diversity, and inclusivity (EDI) relate to human rights and anti-oppression? How do all these concepts relate to STEM fields and creating equitable, accessible, and supportive work and learning environments? We will look at these questions through different lenses including university services, policies and procedures, legislative responsibilities, and critical theory.This workshop is presented by Parker Leflar from the Office of Safe Disclosure and Human Rights (OSDHR). Parker is a University of Alberta alumni and has worked at the university in various roles since 2011 including at the Sexual Assault Centre, The Landing, and Helping Individuals At Risk.

Alumni Career Panel
hosted by the BGSA and featuring graduates from the University of Alberta
Thursday, March 4, at 5:00 PM MST

  • Do you sometimes feel uncertain about your life after graduation? Come to the Alumni Career Panel to learn about different career paths and jobs you can choose! Our panelists hold graduate degrees in biology from the UofA and work in a wide variety of jobs: from academia to industry to science communication. You will learn about their experiences and get to ask questions about their jobs, job hunting, and how to prepare while in grad school.  This open panel can be beneficial for undergraduates and post-docs, as well as graduate students.


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RE Peter 2021

  • Workshops!
  • Presentations!
  • Poster Sessions!
  • Guest Speakers!

Everything you love about RE Peter will continue in 2021.  Pandemic or no pandemic, presenting your work at a conference is one of the most important experiences a student can have.  We are working hard to bring you a world-class student conference in 2021.  The show will go on.

For a recap of the 2020 conference, please click here

About Us

The Dr. Richard E. Peter Biology Conference is organized by the Biological Sciences Graduate Student Association (BGSA) in order to showcase the diverse research conducted by Biological Sciences and life sciences students at the University of Alberta and institutions across the province. The event consists of poster and oral presentations by senior undergraduate, M.Sc. and Ph.D. students as well as keynote lectures from distinguished professors within the U of A community and from abroad.

We respectfully acknowledge that the R.E. Peter Biology Conference is located on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Metis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway / Saulteaux / Anishinaabe, Inuit, and many others whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to enrich our vibrant community.

Email your questions to repeter@ualberta.ca 

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