Sep 10 – 14, 2023
TCU Place
America/Regina timezone


Welcome to Saskatoon, the City of Bridges in the Land of Living Skies!

We acknowledge we are on Treaty Six territory and the traditional homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another.

Photo used under Creative Commons license, Chad Coombs, photographer, Jay Van Doornum, author

"Saskatoon Skyline Night" licensed under Creative Commons, Chad Coombs, photographer, Jay Van Doornum, author

About our Host City, Saskatoon:

The name "Saskatoon" is believed to come from the Cree word misâskwatômina which refers to the sweet, violet-colored berry that grows locally.

Tourism Saskatoon has a video about Saskatoon:

A video recording on the history of Saskatoon from the EPICS Spring Collaboration 2021 can be found here.

Wikipedia says:

With a 2021 census population of 266,141, Saskatoon is the largest city in the province, and the 17th largest Census Metropolitan Area in Canada, with a 2021 census population of 317,480.
Saskatoon is home to the University of Saskatchewan, the Meewasin Valley Authority (which protects the South Saskatchewan River and provides for the city's popular riverbank park spaces), and Wanuskewin Heritage Park (a National Historic Site of Canada and UNESCO World Heritage applicant representing 6,000 years of First Nations history). The Rural Municipality of Corman Park No. 344, the most populous rural municipality in Saskatchewan, surrounds the city and contains many of the developments associated with it, including Wanuskewin. Saskatoon is named after the saskatoon berry which is native to the region, and is itself derived from the Cree misâskwatômina. The city has a significant Indigenous population and several urban Reserves. The city has nine river crossings and is nicknamed "Paris of the Prairies" and "Bridge City".

About our Host Facility, the Canadian Light Source

The Canadian Light Source is one of the largest science projects in Canada’s history, producing the brightest light in the country—millions of times brighter than even the sun.

More than 1,000 academic, government and industry scientists from around the world use the CLS every year, in innovative health, agriculture, environment, and advanced materials research.

CLS employs more than 250 people including scientists, engineers, technicians, administrative and business personnel.

Since the start of user operations in 2005, CLS has enabled over 4,000 scientists from 171 Canadian academic institutions and from 41 countries, to publish over 6,000 scientific papers highlighting discoveries in a wide variety of fields, in over 874 international scientific collaborations.