In early March, we announced that all public events for Sanofi Biogenius Canada (SBC) were cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation across the country. This difficult decision was made in line with directives by Federal and Provincial health authorities, as well as in collaboration with our hosting partners and major sponsors. We are convinced that this was the right thing to do for the health of participants, volunteers, judges and visitors.

We recognize the significant efforts the students have put in to develop projects over the course of the year, and had been exploring multiple scenarios to temporarily transform SBC into a virtual contest. Unfortunately, the challenges of putting together a virtual competition, especially within a rapidly evolving COVID-19 context that has further limited our resources, has proven to be beyond our abilities at this time.

Therefore, it is with great regret that we must completely cancel the 2020 edition of SBC. There will be no virtual competition for this school year. These are unprecedented circumstances and we are deeply sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We can see no other way forward at this time.

While the 2020 competition will not go ahead, students have two options for 2020-2021:

  • Completed Registrations: Should students wish to use this year’s project for the 2021 competition, they are free to do that. All completed submissions will be reopened so that students can add/modify as they see fit. Our intention is to announce new registration deadlines over the course of the summer for the 2020-2021 competition cycle so that registrations can be resubmitted accordingly.
  • Incomplete registrations: We intend to reopen mentorship options at the beginning of the next school year so that students can take advantage of the additional time to refine their projects and work with mentors. In the meantime, we encourage all interested students to conduct additional background research on their topic and submit detailed project summaries. That way, we can identify the most appropriate mentors when we relaunch in the next school year.

Note that all existing registration profiles will remain completely active, in anticipation of the 2020-2021 registration cycle at the beginning of the next school year.

SBC will be back in 2021 and we hope you will be back as well. We look forward to seeing the progress of all our student competitors, and share in their collective enthusiasm for the sciences in Spring 2021.

Please keep safe, and continue practicing social distancing for your health, and the health of your family, friends and neighbours.

Sincerely,

Andrew Ross
Head Organizer