Learn more about the BE-STEMM Conference

The Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI)Promoting Leadership in health for African Nova Scotians (PLANS), and Imhotep’s Legacy Academy (ILA)–the partners that brought the Black Excellence in STEM and Health (BESH) conference over the past two years–are collaborating with the Canadian Black Scientists Network (CBSN) to host the first annual national Black Excellence in STEM and Medicine/Health (BE-STEMM) Conference.

This event will…

  • highlight diverse research by Black Canadians across all disciplines, featuring field-leading scholars and rising stars
  • connect decision-makers/leaders and community to share ideas and discuss best practices for Black inclusion across sectors

Days 1-3 (January 30, 2022 – February 1, 2022)
Research & Career Opportunities

  • a hands-on Youth engagement session (Day 1)
  • the Young, Gifted & Black Science Fair (YGBSF) – gr. 7-12 students present their projects (Day 1)
  • a Career fair
  • Concurrent sessions:
    • Life sciences
    • Physical sciences
    • Earth Sciences
    • Math/statistical sciences
    • Medicine/health
    • Undergrad/Science fair research
  • a Live-cast public talk & panel in the afternoon
  • evening Networking sessions

Day 4 (February 2, 2022)
Justice & enabling change

  • Justice plenary for Black Canadians in STEMM
  • Leadership Summits:
    *K-12 Pathways & STEMM Education
    *Black Intersectional Identities in STEMM
  • Awards Ceremony

Participate in the Young, Gifted & Black Science Fair:

  • open to students of African heritage in grades 7 – 12
  • students register in their corresponding grade category
  • projects must be done individually and will be judged as part of the Canadian Black Scientists Network (CBSN) national competition
  • students will be mentored
  • the top three projects will go to the Canada Wide Science Fair
The Honorable Kirsty DUNCAN, MP (Science and Effecting Change)
Dr. Evelyn ASIEDU (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion)
Dr. Emily CHOY (Biological Sciences)
Dr. Cassandra G. EXTAVOUR (Moleculary Biology)
Dr. Jude KONG (Artificial Intelligence)
Dr. Isaac ODAME (Hematology)
Dr. Chanda PRESCOD-WEINSTEIN (Physics & Astronomy)
Dr. Olivier LEOGANE (Chemistry / Art HORAGAI)
Dr. Love-Ese CHILE (Environmental Science)
Dr. Denice LEWIS (Medicine)
Dr. Gaynor WATSON-CREED (Medicine)

Thank-you for attending BE-STEMM 2022. We look forward to seeing you next year! 

The Canadian Black Scientists Network is pleased to host you for a rich, four day virtual program featuring outstanding research, career & recruitment opportunities, and facilitated connections across sectors. Throughout our program, we will engage Canadians from across the country to focus on action to remove barriers to attracting and retaining Black Canadians in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine & Health (STEMM). 

Highlights include keynote talks by established and rising star Black Canadian scholars in STEMM, talks and posters from across fields by scientists, clinicians, educators, and applied professionals, research presentations by Undergraduates and High School students, and a dynamic virtual Career Fair. 

A unique part of BE-STEMM is the Leadership Summit day, with a focus on sharing effective practices and programs for supporting Black Canadians in STEMM. We welcome broad participation, and provide bilingual programming options and accessibility supports.

Students (school-age, undergraduates and graduates) $0.00
CBSN members & allies $0.00
Post-docs & Research Associates* $25.00
Black-identifying attendees* (not members of CBSN) $45.00
All other attendees* $95.00

*This fee allows the provision of a rich 4-day program including bilingual access, and accessibility supports.

Fees also subsidize the free attendance of student