ASLO 2018 Summer Meeting

Social Events

Opening Mixer Reception

Sunday, 10 June 2018 – 19:00 to 21:00
Empress Hotel – Crystal Ballroom and Palm Court

Following the opening session on Sunday, enjoy a relaxing reception at the beautiful Fairmont Empress Hotel. This will be a great time to reconnect with friends and colleagues that you may not have seen since the last ASLO meeting! Your registration will include admission to the event. This mixer is always a great start to the week.

ASLO Fellows and Membership Reception

Monday, 11 June 2018 – 18:00 to 19:00
Victoria Conference Centre – Courtyard and Pavilion

A reception honoring ASLO fellows and sustaining fellows will precede the annual business meeting on Monday evening. This will be a great time to meet and to talk to ASLO officers and board members. Reception food and drink will be served. Everyone is encouraged to attend the business meeting and the membership reception -- especially new ASLO members and student members. The timing is planned so you can attend the business meeting and reception before you head out to the student or early career mixer.

Story Collider Event

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 – 20:00 to 22:00
Location: The Copper Owl (1900 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC V8T-4K8)

Stories are powerful. Whether hilarious or heartbreaking, subversive or soothing, they reflect who we are and what matters to us. As a community, it deeply matters who takes the stage and what stories are told. We want to hear yours! 

On Tuesday evening, 12 June, The Story Collider will host a very special edition of their live show at ASLO. Science and technology shape all of our lives in many different ways- and this means all of us have many different kinds of stories about science. We are searching for five people to share their true, personal experiences. There will be no lectures, no slides, no props. Ranging from the intellectual to outrageous, from funny to profound, we’ll explore the deeply human side of research.

Your story might be about anything - an important experiment, a bad day at the hospital, a childhood misadventure, love, loss, and more. Exotic locations and exciting action never hurt, but what we care about is how you’ve changed and grown. Our experienced producers will help you develop and prepare to tell your story - all you need to do is send a brief email describing the core idea.

Send your pitch to with “ASLO Story Idea" in the subject. The deadline for pitches is 9 March 2018. If you are curious or would like some inspiration, read more at or browse The Story Collider podcast archive at

The Ultimate Victoria Evening Event!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 – 19:00 to 22:00
Ogden Point Breakwater Pier B

Cost: $60 USD. This is a ticketed optional event and includes select food items and beverages. Additional food and beverage will be available for purchase.

This unique, warehouse-style location is within easy walking distance from the convention center and offers spectacular evening views of the ocean and cruise ship marine docks. The event will go on rain or shine! Local craft beers and wines will be included along with a selection of non-alcoholic beverages. In keeping with uniquely West Coast fare, participants will enjoy regional cuisine from the top five Victoria food trucks. Local seafood, beef, chicken, and pork options will be featured along with gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian.

The pier has lots of interesting places to visit, and you will be entertained throughout the evening with music from one of Vancouver Island’s top-rated DJs, dancing, and even karaoke for those who dare.

Step outside and experience the nature of Victoria – the harbor, plus Ogden Point Breakwater and the historic lighthouse.  Looking across the Strait of Juan de Fuca will provide views of the United States and the Olympic Mountains. The Ogden Point Pier B is a pleasant one-mile walk from The Empress Fairmont Hotel and Inner Harbor.  Enjoy more of Victoria by walking through the historic James Bay neighborhood.

Closing Mixer

Friday, 15 June 2018 – 16:30 to 18:00
Victoria Conference Centre – Courtyard and Prefunction Area

Come and enjoy the closing mixer following the closing plenary session on Friday. ASLO will close the 2018 Summer Meeting in wonderful way.  Your registration will include admission to the event.