I promised a CNS recap, and here it is! To break it down for you CNS (Canadian Nutrition Society) is comprised of mostly academics, but also graduate students, dieticians and physicians. All people who have a vested interest in new and emerging nutrition research. They have an annual conference, and this year’s was held in Winnipeg!
This years conference was divided into three sessions that I attended: 1. Pre-conference workshop aimed for graduate students and professional development, 2. The actual conference itself, and 3. a post-conference lipids workshop. All three parts had events from morning to night and I’ll share about about them below.
Trainees in Nutrition Symposium (TiNS)
I was on the organizing committee for this one day symposium and we planned a day filled with professional development speakers (entrepreneurship, leadership, social media, and networking).
My favourite speaker was Roxi Beck from The Center For Food Integrity. They are a great organization based out of the US with a Canadian counterpart soon to open. Her talk was fantastic and I had a wonderful opportunity to speak with her in a networking session about her career and the CFI.
I learned a lot about networking and becoming an entrepreneur – both of which I have little to no experience with!
We kicked off the CNS conference on the evening of the TiNS with an opening reception at the Journey to Churchill exhibit at The Assiniboine Park Zoo. The exhibit was breathtaking. How many times in your life will you have a 1400lb polar bear swimming above your head casually eating some fish? Well, maybe a few if you live in Winnipeg (come visit!).
Poor lighting, but LOOK A POLAR BEAR!
The conference was really great – 2 full days of speakers, so I won’t recount every moment with you. I attended several sessions: Gut Microbiome and Connection to Disease, Establishing a Health Claim for Pulses, New Advances in Satiety Mechanisms, Saturated Fat and Connection to Disease…the list goes on.
The one that event that stood out above all was the nutrigenomics session where Timothy Caulfield was one of the speakers. I fan girl-ed hard and asked one of my professors to introduce me to him. A group of us chatted so long we missed lunch. It’s really too bad I didn’t get a picture with him, but I did get a shout out on twitter. It’s almost the same.
The graduate students also put together a Taste of Manitoba Social at the Manitoba Children’s Museum the first night of the CNS Conference. It was a fantastic time filled with Manitoba foods (and beers) and awkward scavenger hunt photos with academics. It’s a shame none of them ended up on my phone!
Post-Conference Lipids Workshop
The Lipids Workshop was geared towards those of us working in the wonderful world of lipids and was a great event that brought together academics and students from the Pembina Valley (aka Manitoba and North Dakota – UND and USDA) for collaboration.
This workshop was very biochemistry based but there were still some snippets of information that was relevant to me and my project (it’s on omega-3’s). I unfortunately didn’t have any data to present at the workshop but one of my Principal Investigators shared a snippet of my project with the crowd.
This was my first major scientific conference and I must say it was EXHAUSTING. I skipped out on 2 dinner/evening events and I was still major tired the whole time. I really don’t know how these academics do it! I’m going to need a lot more practice if I hope to attend more of these in the future!
Let’s chat – Have you ever been to a scientific conference? All my fellow Canadian RD’s the DC conference is in Winnipeg next year, let me know if you’ll be swinging by this neck of the woods!