ICAR 2014

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Social Events

Here's what's happening at ICAR 2014!


Welcome Reception

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Monday, July 28

To kick off ICAR 2014, we have reserved the world class Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. The evening’s program includes a tribal and first nations opening ceremony, 2 keynote presentations followed by the opening reception.

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts is praised for its striking design and stellar acoustics and has hosted past performances including the Dalai Lama, Zakir Hussain, Mavis Staples and the Kronos Quartet. Year-round, the Chan Centre offers a variety of performances from classical recitals and jazz concerts, to avant-garde theatre and opera productions. 

Poster Sessions

Student Recreation Centre

Tuesday, July 29 - Thursday July 31

Two Poster Sessions will be held at the 17,000 square foot Student Recreation Centre. This large facility will host approximately 600 Arabidopsis Research posters and an exhibition trade show. Refreshments will be provided for delegates. The SRC is located directly across the street from the Walter Gage Residences and adjacent to the Student Union Building.

The Student Recreation Centre also features a 2,300 square foot dance studio, a 1,600 square foot martial arts dojo, and a fitness centre where you may attend a group class or visit for a drop-in workout session.

Weed Stampede Trail Run

Meet on campus (tba) 

Wednesday, July 30 7:00am

Meeting organizers invite you to bring your running shoes and start the day with an informal fun run to take place on trails in the Pacific Spirit Park, located about 4 blocks from campus. We will meet at 7 am on campus (exact site to be announced) and then jog to the Park together. These fun and friendly trail runs (meaning they’re not timed) will be led by Keith Adams from UBC and other organizers and colleagues. We’re planning for trail runs of two distances, roughly 5 and 10 K each, your choice.  

For information, or to express interest, please email Joanna Friesner, lead conference organizer ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), who will keep a list of those interested.

Free Afternoon

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Wednesday, July 30

ICAR would like to invite its 2014 delegates to explore the city of Vancouver on the afternoon/evening of July 30th. The beautiful city of Vancouver offers entertainment for everyone. From the mountains, lakes, beaches and forests for outdoor enthusiasts, to the downtown core offering upscale shopping and dining for those who prefer a more urban experience. Public transit in Vancouver is easy and efficient, for your trip planning needs, please visit: http://tripplanning.translink.ca/.

On July 30th, we encourage you to attend the Honda Celebration of Light. Not only is this Vancouver’s largest event, attracting up to 400,000 spectators, but it is also the largest offshore fireworks competition in the world. The fireworks can be enjoyed from several locations throughout Vancouver, namely English Bay Beach or Kitsilano Beach. For more information please visit: http://www.hondacelebrationoflight.com.


Museum of Anthropology

Thursday, July 31


For the final evening of ICAR 2014, we have reserved the world famous Museum of Anthropology on the UBC campus as the site for a uniquely West Coast experience: an outdoor salmon barbecue. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, delegates will enjoy a truly gourmet meal on the museum lawn as the summer sun prepares to set over the Pacific Ocean and on the 25th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research.

We have also arranged for the museum to be open for exclusive ICAR access during the evening. The stunning architecture and artifacts will leave a lasting impression on all those who visit, and become another valued souvenir in one of the most beautiful cities on earth.