With the COVID-19 virus being declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, the Canada and Quebec governments have put in place several temporary mesures to limit the propagation including the interdiction to held events and Canada's border closing.  

As the situation is evolving very quickly and unpredictably, the Local Organizing Committee has decided to POSTPONE the event to MAY 10-14 2021.

Registration is closed until August 31, 2020. Abstract submission is re-open until February 1st, 2021.


Authors and registered participants, please see our Continuity Plan.

Paper and poster presentations in the following general subject areas are welcome. Any topic related to bioresource and biosystems engineering solutions will be considered for presentation.

  1. Agriculture and Society
  2. Energy
  3. Animal Systems
  4. Plant Systems and Postharvest Technology
  5. Buildings and Materials
  6. Food Science and Technology
  7. Soil and Water 
  8. Waste Management
  9. GHG Emissions, Climate change and Adaptation
  10. Machinery and Robotic Systems
  11. Monitoring, Control and Data Analysis
  12. Ergonomics, Safety and Health

In addition to the regular program, you are invited to submit your abstract in one of our joint meetings or special sessions.


Abstract submission

Each abstract is limited to 250 words and have to be in english. An abstract is indicative of the final paper quality. Therefore, authors are urged to prepare a well written, clear and informative abstract describing the work with emphasis on objectives and factual results. An abstract should include key words related to conference topics.

In the submission form, authors are asked to indicate their preference for an oral presentation (15 minutes) or a poster. The scientific committee will try to satisfy each author’s first choice. The Conference will include some free time periods to facilitate exchange and discussion. Authors are encouraged to comply with submission deadlines and to ensure that their paper proposal is relevant to conference topics. Authors will be notified automatically of their submission. A review and decision concerning acceptance should be received by submitters by February 15, 2021.

Once an abstract is accepted, the author is encouraged to prepare a full paper. A maximum of 10 pages is recommended for the paper on standard paper (Letter, 216 mm by 279 mm), including tables and figures.



Paper upload

The full paper template should be used to submit the final paper including an abstract of less than 250 words.  All full papers or abstracts will be archived on a web site for future reference. 

Paper template: CIGR2020-papertemplate.docx

Your full paper or final abstract should be uploaded by May 5, 2021 to be included on the website and accessible during the conference. Papers uploaded after this date may not be available at conference time but will be included on our website.

Accepted submission will be included in the preliminary program prepared in April 2021.

It is not necessary to submit a short (2-4 pages) or full (up to 15 pages) paper but it is greatly encouraged. If you decided to submit a paper, the abstract or the short/full paper will be hosted on the CSBE/SCGAB Technical Library (https://library.csbe-scgab.ca) as a conference paper. If you decide not to submit a paper, you can improve the final version and submit it to a journal. In both cases, neither CSBE nor CIGR will hold the author's rights. We suggest that you consider submitting your paper to the Canadian Biosystems Engineering Journal.

 If you need any assistance for abstract or paper submission, contact  Joahnn Palacios This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Instructions for oral presentations

The oral presentations are scheduled on 11-13 May 2021.  The schedule for each technical session and your abstract will be available on line here: https://www.conftool.org/cigr2020/sessions.php

Please bring a USB memory stick with your presentation to the session room at least 10 minutes before the start of your session (not your presentation). This will allow your moderator to meet you and load your presentation onto the computer set up in the presentation room. There are several concurrent presentation rooms, so confirm you are in the correct one.  Presentations should not exceed fifteen (12) minutes, to allow some time for questions. Your moderator will keep note of the time and ensure that that things keep on schedule, which may mean cutting short presentations that go over the allocated time.


Instructions for poster presentations

Posters are to be available to viewing throughout the conference and a special session will be dedicated to poster presentation. Please arrive to put up your poster on Monday afternoon (1-5pm) or Tuesday morning (before 12:30 pm). The posters room is TBD.

Do ensure that your poster is in portrait orientation and does not exceed 36 inches (91 cm) (width) x 48 inches (122 cm) (height).  The Registration desk will provide push pins for you to attach your poster to the posterboards.  There will be 2 posters on each side of the board = 4 posters displayed per board.


Please contact Joahnn Palacios This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about oral presentations or posters.

We look forward to meeting you at the conference!