The response to the Sea Lice 2010 Call for Papers was amazing! 103 abstract submissions were received with far more requests for oral presentations than could be accommodated. Each abstract was sent to at least 3 representatives of the conference Scientific Review Committee for evaluation on scientific merit, originality of the research, and whether the topic was in line with the objectives of Sea Lice 2010. The Committee selected 46 abstracts for oral presentations and 34 for poster presentations and organized them into an exciting program consisting of 4 invited plenary presentations and 8 focussed sessions.

To accommodate as many oral presentations as possible, the Organizing Committee has added an evening session on May 11th. A dedicated Poster Session has also been organized during the day on May 11th to provide delegates with the opportunity to meet the poster authors and discuss their research.

Full Program

Poster Presentations

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Program Overview

Sunday, May 9, 2010
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Registration Open
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Welcome Reception, Terrace Room
Monday, May 10, 2010
8:00 am to 5:00 pm Registration Open
9:00 am to 9:40 am Opening Ceremonies
9:40 am to 10:30 am Plenary Presentation 1: Sea lice biology and emerging issues. Dr. Geoff Boxshall, Department of Zoology, The Natural History Museum, UK
10:30 am to 11:00 am Break Refreshments provided in the Terrace Room
11:00 am to 12:30 pm Session 1 Global Perspectives
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm Lunch Provided in the Terrace Room
1:30 pm to 3:10 pm Session 2 Epidemiology and Management I
3:10 pm to 3:35 pm Break Refreshments provided in the Terrace Room
3:35 pm to 5:25 pm Session 3 Epidemiology and Management II
6:00 pm No Host Bar Open, Terrace Room
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Dinner - Provided in the Terrace Room
Dinner Presentation: From Galileo to Geisha. Dr. Brian Harvey Fugu Fisheries
Sea Lice Logo Framed Print Auction
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
8:00 am to 5:00 pm Registration Open
9:00 am to 9:30 am Day 2 Introduction and Student Awards
9:30 am to 10:15 am Plenary Presentation 2: Evolution of sea lice in salmon farms. Dr. Robert Poulin, University of Otago, New Zealand
10:15 am to 10:45 am Break Refreshments provided in the Terrace Room
10:45 am to 12:00 pm Session 4 Posters with authors present
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Lunch - Provided in Terrace Room
1:00 pm to 3:05 pm Session 5 Resistance
Plenary Presentation 3: Sea lice treatments: Effects, side effects and resistance development. Dr. Tor Einar Horsberg, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, Norway
3:05 pm to 3:30 pm Break Refreshments provided in the Terrace Room
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm Session 6 Genetics
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Reception Refreshments and light food provided in the Terrace Room
6:30 pm to 8:20 pm Session 7 Physiology and Functional Biology
Wednesday, May 12
8:00 am to 1:00 pm Registration Open
8:30 am to 8:45 am Day 3 Introduction and Announcements
8:45 am to 10:00 am Session 8 Wild/Farmed Interactions
Plenary Presentation 4: Sorting through the factors that affect the abundance of Pacific salmon in British Columbia and in the North Pacific. Dr. Richard Beamish, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
10:00 am to 10:30 am Break Refreshments provided in the Terrace Room
10:30 am to 11:15 am Session 8 Wild/Farmed Interactions continued
11:15 am to 12:00 pm Closing Remarks: Myron Roth, BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
  MODELLING WORKSHOP For Registered Workshop Participants Only
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Lunch Provided in the Marino Room
1:30 pm to 5:00 pm Modelling Workshop Marino Room
1:30pm-5:30pm LOCAL TOURS Pick-up and drop-off at front of the hotel
Tour 1 - World Renowned Butchart Gardens
Tour 2 - Jack Brooks Salmon Hatchery and Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery
Tour 3 - Pacific Coast Whale Watching
Thursday, May 13
9:00 am to 5:00 pm Modelling Workshop Marino Room

Sea Lice 2010 is the 8th event in the series and the 2nd to be held in Canada. The program schedule has been developed that provides opportunities for delegate interaction and networking as well as ensuring the presentations are well organized. There will be no concurrent sessions so attendees can realize full value from each presentation. Poster presentations will be encouraged and a dedicated time has been allotted for participants to view the posters with the authors present.

The sea lice question is complex and requires balanced debate that is science-based. The Local Organizing Committee is committed to having a program with presentations that maintain objectivity and focus on scientific issues.

There has been an evolution of program topics since the first conference in Paris 1992, where sea lice biology and chemotherapy dominated. Currently fish/environmental interactions, mathematical modelling and molecular genetics are dominant themes. Submitted abstracts underwent rigid peer review by the Scientific Review Committee representing 9 countries resulting in a Sea Lice 2010 program that represents the current state in sea lice research.

Student Poster Awards

The Organizing Committee is pleased to announce a Student Poster Contest.

  • 1st place award of $500
  • 3 runner-up awards of $100 each

To be eligible, the first or presenting author must be a student currently enrolled at an academic institute. For more information contact Dr. Simon Jones,


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