2004 Meeting
June 20 to 23

100 years ago, Orville and Wilbur Wright achieved manned, controlled flight (December 17, 1903). Their pioneering spirit inspired airmen across the continent, including Wilfred ("Wop") May (featured in above banner). In Edmonton, Alberta, just over 25 years later, Wop flew (in his Avro Avian) much needed medicine to quell a diphtheria epidemic in Fort Vermillion. These were exciting times for aviation where possiblilities were limitless. This pioneering spirit is alive in the field of Microbiology beginning with such visionaries as Armand Frappier (also featured in banner).

Welcome to the 54th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists. The Local Organizing Committee has drawn up a scientific program that emphasizes the pioneering spirit of microbiology in its exciting facets of medical, industrial and environmental biotechnology. After a social get together Sunday, there will be three days of symposia with top scientists on different microbiology specialities: industrial microbiology, water quality, food microbiology, medical microbiology, cold temperature biology and other features of bacterial interaction with their environment (sex, adhesion and cell structure). The scientific program will also include the student award symposium and three sessions of posters with poster awards to the best graduate student presentations. Each of the four days of the conference will feature award winning lectures presented by promising or established Canadian microbiologists and social activities to encourage informal discussions and the comradery possible at a small international meeting.

Edmonton, Alberta is the provincial captial but is much more than a government town. It has a thriving medical and agricultural biotechnology industy as well as the traditional industries related to oil, gas and wheat. The University of Alberta will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2008 and is the site of CSM's 54th annual meeting. The university dominates the skyline south of the North Saskatchewan River as it sprawls across the flatland beyond the river's steep ravine. Biking and hiking (skiing in the winter) trails lead from the campus into the river valley. Several golf courses and parks are within walking distance as is Whyte Avenue, famous for its restaurants, bars and boutiques. Edmonton is a city of festivals beginning with the Children's Festival in May and ending with the famous Fringe Festival of theatre and dance in August.

For those wishing to see the sites of Edmonton and enjoy its culture, please see Information

Welcome Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) members. We look forward to your participation.


Local Orangizing Committee:
    Glen D. Armstrong, Co-chair
    Bill Page, Co-chair
    Vashti Communications, Web design

Important Notice: call for abstracts deadline extension

In order to encourage the widest participation at our Annual General meeting in Edmonton (June 20-23, 2004) the CSM executive has decided to extend the call for abstracts deadline to March 15 at 23h59 (Pacific time).

To submit an abstract, please go to the call for abstracts page of our website

All meetings will be held in the Telus Centre (see map) located on the University of Alberta campus. A PDF of the centre's floor plans is here.

To see a virtual tour of the building, click here.

The TELUS Centre for Professional Development seeks to make knowledge globally accessible to organizations and professionals by providing programs and services obtained from the wealth of knowledge at the U of A as well as global sources.

The Centre employs state-of-the-art learning and communication technologies to offer learners maximum flexibility, efficiency and accessibility to learning resources.



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