For information on our core institutions’ responses to the global COVID-19 pandemic, please consult the respective information pages for the University of Waterloo, Queen’s University, and the Bader International Study Centre here:

University of Waterloo’s COVID-19 Updates

Queen’s University’s COVID-19 Updates

Queen’s University’s Bader International Study Center’s COVID-19 Updates


As of March 13, 2020, the DRAGEN lab will be closed until further notice.

For now, the team is meeting daily remotely. If you have any questions or concerns please email, Steven Bednarski at

BISC Summer Field School 2020

Following the recommendations of the Canadian Government, the University of Waterloo and Queen’s Univesity, we are sad to announce that the 2020 BISC Summer Field School has been cancelled due to the pandemic of COVID-19.

We do not know, at this time, for how long the limitations on international travel will remain in effect, or even for how long Canadians will be engaged in strict social distancing and self-quarantine. We will do our best to keep you informed as the situation evolves.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Graphic. (U.S. Air Force Graphic by Rosario “Charo” Gutierrez)