Holobiont 2 Montréal

The second international conference on holobionts


8-10 May 2019


Registration is open! 




Welcome to the Holobiont 2 website! 

After a sucessful 1st edition in Paris two years ago, we are pleased to announce that the 2nd edition of the International Conference on Holobionts will be taking place from May 8-10, 2019. 


The next edition will take place in the vibrant city of Montréal, the second largest French speaking city in the world dating back to 1535 when French settlers arrived on the island of Montréal. Jeanne Mance is one of the founders of the city, as a nurse she established the city’s first hospital, Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal, in 1645. In fact, Montréal is Canada's most trilingual city thanks to its diverse community. Montreal is the first North American city to have been designated UNESCO City of Design, and is known for its art and music scene - being home of the to the famous Cirque de Soleil and host of the International Jazz Festival. It is the birthplace of Leonard Cohen, who mythologized Montreal through his songs and poems. Follow his footsteps though the city with this app. Last year, Montréal was ranked named world's best city thanks to its multicultural, inclusive, creative and strong scientific community, ready to show you their city! 


Please use the menu above to learn more about our conference, or click these links on the venueprogram, our keynote speakers, on important dates, or just send us an e-mail if you want to know more. 


We hope to welcome you in Montréal, Canada, in May 2019!


Étienne Yergeau, chair 

François-Joseph Lapointe, co-chair


Local organizing committee


Étienne Yergeau, chair, Institut national de la recherche scientifique

François-Joseph Lapointe, co-chair, Université de Montréal

Hamed Azarbad, Institut national de la recherche scientifique

Mohamed Hijri, Université de Montréal

Simon Joly, Jardin botanique de Montréal

Steven Kembel, Université du Québec à Montréal

Corinne Maurice, McGill University

Dominic Poulin-Laprade, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Marc St-Arnaud, Jardin botanique de Montréal

Guylaine Talbot, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Alexandre Thibodeau, Université de Montréal

Ruth Schmidt, Institut national de la recherche scientifique


Territorial acknowledgement


We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the traditional and unceded territory of the Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk), a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.



May 8-10 2019

New Residence Hall McGill
3625 Avenue du Parc
Montréal, Québec
Canada, H2X 3P8


Oct 15 2018 (15:30 EDT) to Apr 12 2019 (17:00 EDT)


Poster: Oct 15 2018 (15:45 EDT) to Apr 12 2019 (00:00 EDT)
Oral: Oct 15 2018 (15:45 EDT) to Mar 8 2019 (00:00 EST)

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