Lecture Series


The VIU Science and Technology (S&T) Community Lecture Series is an opportunity for scientists to engage with the broader VIU faculty, students and community in ongoing research and science initiatives that are occurring in our regional and local coastal communities.

In the Spring Term 2022 the VIU Science and Tech (S&T) Community Lecture Series will have eleven weekly lectures offered every Wednesday evening 7:00 – 8:00 pm, from January 19 to April 8, 2022.  These lectures are in-person (unless otherwise announced) and will take place in the lecture room (Room 203) of Building 355 at the Nanaimo Campus, Vancouver Island University.  The lectures will also be broadcasted live via Zoom and recorded (with permission of the speakers).  This year's lecture series will a have particular focus on climate change research.  The schedule and list of speakers are outlined below.

To attend the lectures in person click on the appropriate link below and register.  Participants will be required to have proof of covid vaccination and have ID available for checking at the door.  Wearing masks will be required.  The lecture room will be at 50% capacity.

To attend a lecture remotely via Zoom you will also have to register.  Click on the appropriate link below and you will receive details by e-mail.

S&T Community Lecture Schedule Spring 2022

Lecture #1 - January 19, 2022  Natural and-Anthropogenic Climate Changes by Steve Earle, PhD. (Thompson Rivers University)

Registration for In-Person or Online via Zoom: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/natural-and-anthropogenic-climate-changes-with-steven-earle-phd-tickets-244791757737

Lecture #2 - January 26, 2020  Stories from the Boreal Forest: Conservation in a Changing Climate by Stan Boutin PhD. (University of Alberta)

Registration for In-Person or Online via Zoom: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/stories-from-the-boreal-forest-conservation-in-a-changing-climate-tickets-247506387267

Lecture #3 - February 2, 2022  Water Balance Model for Vancouver Island: Insights Regarding Water Management in a Changing Climate by Dr Alan Gilchrist (Vancouver Island University)

Registration for In-Person or Online via Zoom:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/water-balance-model-for-vancouver-island-tickets-247519827467

Lecture #4 -  February 9, 2022  Planes, Drones and Snowmobiles:  Measuring Snowpack in Coastal British Columbia in the 21st Century by Dr Bill Floyd (BC Ministry of Lands and Natural Resource Operations)

Lecture #5 - February 16, 2022  HarmCheck: High impact, Quantitative Reduction Drug Checking by Dr Chris Gill (Vancouver Island University)

Lecture #6 -  March 2, 2022  Ocean Acidification in British Columbia's Coastal Waters by Dr Wiley Evans (Hakai Institute)  

Lecture #7 -  March 9, 2022  Humans and the Holocene:  Navigating Climate Change and Shifting Sea Levels in the Ancient Pacific Northwest by Dr Rhy McMillan (UBC)

Lecture #8 - March 16, 2022  Computational Simulations of Ice Sheet Flow and Sea Surface Temperatures by Dr Sam Pimentel (Trinity Western University) 

Lecture #9 - March 23, 2022  Advances in Environmental Psychology in Relation to Climate Change by Dr Lindsay McCunn (Vancouver Island University)

Lecture #10 - March 30, 2022 Tropical Forest Transformation, Regrowth and Loss: Implications for Carbon Sequestration and Emissions by Dr Sean Sloan (Vancouver Island University) 

Lecture #11 - April 6, 2022.  Can Owls Sink Carbon?  Relating Climate Change to a Flag Ship Species in in Vancouver Island's Last Native Forests by Jeremiah Kennedy (Hemmera) 

Past Schedules for Science & Technology Lecture Series

Past Science & Tech Lecture Schedule 2020

Past Science & Tech Lecture Schedule 2019

Past Science & Tech Lecture Schedule 2018

Past Science & Tech Lecture Schedule 2017