Our conference theme phrase "Know the past to understand the present and foresee the future" was partly inspired by a play on the year 2020, which also has the connotation of good vision. In turn, the idea reminded us of Janus, the two-headed Roman god who looks both into the past and future. As the University of Alberta is well known for palaeontological studies, we converted Janus into a two headed theropod contemplating the past (the Albertosauraus) and the future (a corvid). In addition to the Albertosaurus-corvid illustration by Ilan Domnich, the logo includes images of a cone from the provincial tree of Alberta (lodgepole pine, reminiscent of the past dominance of gymnosperms) and of the provincial flower (prickly rose, representing current and likely future dominance of angiosperms).
The University of Alberta sits on Treaty 6 Territory. This treaty was signed by representatives of Wood Cree, Plains, Nakota, Saulteaux and Dene people and the Crown at Fort Carlton in Saskatchewan on August 23, 1876. We are grateful to Deanna Steckler (Ph.D. student in the St. Clair lab) and Laura Mushumanski (U of A Indigenous Campus Community Nutrition Program Coordinator) for facilitating the Cree version of our theme statement: