2022 PRSSS Spring Workshop and AGM


The Pacific Regional Society of Soil Science will be hosting our annual Spring Workshop and AGM on March 5th from 9 AM – 3 PM PST, via Zoom. Our theme this year is Soil Security: Past, Present, Future. We will also be hosting a 3-minute thesis competition for students.

Many thanks,

Teresa Porter

PRSSS Director

PRSSS AGM and Workshop

Theme – Soil Security: Past, Present, Future

Date – March 5th, 9AM-3PM PST

Location – Virtual (Zoom)

Registration for the 2022 PRSSS AGM and Spring Workshop is now open! The event will take place on March 5th from 9 AM – 3 PM PST and will be held via Zoom.

Recent current events, such as increased forest fire severity and regional flooding, have influenced many discussions about the state of our soil security. The topic for our 2022 AGM is “Soil Security: Past, Present, Future.” Throughout the day, we will be diving into how past decisions have shaped current events, how current events are shaping future planning, and the different intersections of soil security.

Registration cost is $15 CAD for students and $50 CAD for non-students/ professionals. The price includes registration and a PRSSS annual membership for 2022/2023. The 2022/2023 membership registration cycle lasts from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023.

Click here to register– hope to see you there!

3-Minute Thesis Competition

We are happy to announce a 3-minute thesis presentation in lieu of a student poster presentation during the PRSSS AGM + Spring workshop. Students are encouraged to share their research in a 3-min rapid presentation format. Presentations should be recorded and submitted prior to the AGM event. During the event, presenters will participate in a Q&A period.

  • Letter of intent to submit pre-recorded submission video: Due @ registration
  • 3-minute thesis presentation recording: Due March 2nd
  • Recording format: MP4 is preferable, but we can accommodate whatever format is available to you

Find more details on the Spring Workshop page on our blog.

Visit us on the web: prsss.caFacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn

Sustainability of Canadian Agriculture conference – student video competition


Current graduate students (MSc or PhD candidates) in agriculture are invited to take part in a 3-minute video competition taking place in conjunction with the Sustainability of Canadian Agriculture Conference, March 16-18, 2022.

Pitch your research project in a pre-recorded video, telling us about your research and how it might benefit farmers and the sustainability of Canadian agriculture in the context of the conference theme Farming for sustainable food systems in three minutes!

Entries will be showcased on the conference website and promoted during the conference. Select entries will be chosen for special video showing/Q & A session each day of the conference. Those students whose video will be featured during the conference are required to take part in a live Q & A session following the video showings.

2022 SCAC Graduate Student Research Video Competition

Cash prizes will be awarded to the highest rated video entries, including a People’s Choice award!

 Important deadlines:

January 31               Video contest opens! Entry forms available on the conference website

February 11             Deadline to submit entry forms indicating your intention to submit a 3-minute video.
Contest details and video criteria distributed upon submission of entry form.

March 7                    Deadline for submitting video entries for the conference and contest.

March 9                    Select entrants notified of their showing/live Q & A date. To take part in the contest, students are required to take part in the Q & A period during their assigned session
on either March 1, 2, or 3rd (1:00-2:00).

March 16, 17, 18    Student video competition and discussion sessions
March 16 (10:00 – 10:30 am) March 17 and 18 (1:00 – 1:30 pm)

Visit the conference website for further information about the conference, last years competition winner and more!

We are looking forward to receiving all the exciting entries for this year’s competition!

Alumni UBC Student Tuition contest – Media promo kit


I wanted to share that the 2022 alumni UBC Student Tuition Contest is now live. All current UBC students are eligible. The contest will run from February 01st to March 7th, 2022. Additionally, this year’s prize format will continue to award one prize for each UBC campus.

Here is the social media/newsletter kit for you to share with any student-focused communicators in your faculty/department.

As in previous years, the success of these student-focused initiatives rely heavily on the support all of you provide in spreading the word. Thank you for all your help.

Please let me know if there’s anything else you need (image sizes, etc…).

General copy (faculty newsletters or social channels): 

Hey UBC Students. Studying is hard work but entering this contest doesn’t have to be!
Win $2,500 towards your UBC tuition to make your academic life a little easier.

Two prizes will be awarded – one for the UBC Vancouver campus and one for the UBC Okanagan campus. Enter for your chance to win!

Open to all currently registered UBC students. Contest closes March 7th, 2022.

Enter here: https://alumni.ubc.ca/tuition/


Social Posts:

February 01 – 28, 2022

Studying is hard work. Make it easier and enter @alumniUBC’s contest to win $2,500 towards tuition. Open to all currently registered UBC students! https://www.alumni.ubc.ca/tuition/

 March 4th, 2022

Only two days left to enter @alumniUBC’s contest for UBC students to win $2,500 towards tuition! Have you entered? https://www.alumni.ubc.ca/tuition/


GradUpdate – Academic CV, Citing to Communicate, Articulating your Key Messages, Effective Mentorship of Racialized Grad Students, Rock Your Profile with LinkedIn Learning, and more.



In this issue, Academic CV, Citing to Communicate, Articulating your Key Messages, Effective Mentorship of Racialized Grad Students, Rock Your Profile with LinkedIn Learning, and more.

Registration now open

Academic CV
Thursday, Feb 10 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM


Key Messaging: Effectively Articulating the Whys and Hows of your Research
12:00 – 1:15 PM Panel + 1:30 – 2:30 PM Interactive workshop
Arts and Education | Tuesday, Feb 8
STEM | Friday, Feb 11

Register – Feb 8

Register – Feb 11

Seats still available

Short, sharp and to the point: communicating your research in three minutes (or less!)
Tuesday, Feb 1 | 3:00 – 4:00 PM | Keynote from Simon Clews, Writing Centre Director, University of Melbourne Register

Negotiating Job Offers
Wednesday, Feb 2 | 12:30 – 2:00 PM Register

Overcoming Perfectionism
Thursday, Feb 3 | 9:30 – 12:00 PM Register

Events and Opportunities

A selection of upcoming events are highlighted below.  Visit  community.grad.ubc.ca and grad.ubc.ca/current-students/professional-development for our full events calendar.


Using Mendeley for Citation Management
Monday, Feb 7 | 4:00 – 5:30 PM Register

Citing to Communicate: Who, What, When, Where, Why
Wednesday, Feb 9 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Register

How to Align Your Time with Your Priorities
A facultydiversity.org webinar | Thursday, Feb 10 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Join through UBC’s subscription. Already a member? Register here.

Take part in the Effective Mentorship of Racialized Graduate Students (EMRGS) project
The EMRGS project team is inviting racialized graduate students to take part in their project exploring mentorship in graduate school. Learn more


Rock Your Profile with LinkedIn Learning
Wednesday, Feb 9 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM Register

Western’s Medical Innovation Fellowship (MIF) program
Graduating with a PhD in in Engineering, Neurosciences, Biosciences, Computer Science, or related discipline? Apply for this paid 10.5 mo program | starts Aug 2022 | Learn more about upcoming info sessions and how to apply.

Employer Virtual Info Sessions
DHL Supply Chain | grad students in Commerce/Supply Chain | Thursday, Feb 10 | 12:00 PM Register
Kamengo | grad students in Mech Engineering/Engineering Physics | Thursday, Feb 10 | 1:00 PM Register


CRA (tax) webinars for students
Post-Secondary & Financial Literacy | Thursday, Feb 3, 6:30 – 7:30 PM PST or Wednesday, Feb 9, 1:30 – 2:30 PM PST
International Students | Thursday, Feb 10, 1:30 – 2:30 PM PST
Scam Awareness – Be scam smart | Thursday, Feb 3, 1:30 – 2:15 PM PST
Learn more


Geocoding and Web Mapping with Python
Monday, Feb 7 | 1:00 – 3:00 PM Register

NVivo part 2: classification and datasets
Wednesday, Feb 9 | 4:00 – 6:00 PM Register


Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop
Mar 15, 20, 27 & Apr 3 | various days and times | Register by Mar 9
Learn about additional upcoming sessions.


Framing Your Project in a Masterful Presentation (Mitacs Training)
Asynchronous learning “Refine your writing and presentation skills” prior to synchronous course | Tuesday, Feb 8 | 9:30 – 11:30 AM Register

Communicating your science through podcasting interviews
Theunscientificmethod.ca event | Feb 11 & 18, Mar 4 | 9:00 – 10:00 AM Learn more

Special Event – Three Minute Thesis 2022

Present your Research in 3 minutes, win prizes
Heats Feb 17 – Mar 4 | Various dates, and times
Semi-finals, Mar 8&9 | Final, Mar 30
For research-based masters and PhDs from all disciplines | Hone your presentation skills, share your research broadly.

Call for Papers – Professional Pest Management Association of British Columbia


Call of submission of title and abstracts for the Professional Pest Management Association of British Columbia (Maximum 150 words). The talks are expected to be around 10 minutes long with 2-3 minutes of question, and is a great start for students wanting to step into scientific communication.

Our association was been established in 1980, and  encourages the participation of all individuals who are interested in professional pest management regardless of age, gender identity, race, culture, and creed. We are a very welcoming and nurturing society for young and establishing professionals. Therefore, despite the submission deadline is the 18th, it is a soft deadline, and late submissions are often accepted.

The Professional Pest Management Association of British Columbia (PPMABC) is a registered society dedicated to promote informed pest management practices for the protection of crops, livestock, public health, and the environment in British Columbia. The PPMABC encourages scientific research and dissemination of information on pest management practices and brings together professionals, educators, academics, growers and students in pest management and related fields.


For those who are interested, please submit your abstracts to ppmabc@sfu.ca

We are looking forward to your applications


Warren H. L. Wong

Professional Pest Management of British Columbia

Executive Committee Member & Editor




170-6371 Crescent Road, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z2 (Vancouver Campus)

C: (604) 721-0161
E: warren.h.l.wong@gmail.comwhlw0126@mail.ubc.ca