Faculty of Environment Discovery Day

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Student Pro-D day — Discover programs in SFU's Faculty of Environment and enjoy complimentary lunch

You are invited to join Simon Fraser University professors and current students at the Burnaby Campus for a free, fun, and informative event on Friday, October 20th. Through hands-on mini lectures and lab activities, experience why the Faculty of Environment is where solutions become clear. 




9:30 – 10:00 Check-in and snacks/coffee
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome Keynote — 2023 Environment Changemaker Award Recipient
10:10 – 10:30 Faculty of Environment Introduction
10:40 – 11:20 Activity 1: choose one — Environmental Science, REM Planning, Geography or Archaeology
11:30 – 12:10 Activity 2: choose one — Environmental Science, REM, Geography or Archaeology
12:20 – 12:50 Lunch and presentation: Why a Co-op work placement?
12:50 – 1:30 SFU Campus tour
1:40 – 2:00 Student panel and swag giveaway
2:00 – 2:15 Closing remarks

Event Details

Friday, October 20, 2023 
9:30 AM – 2:15 PM

SFU Burnaby Campus
The Study, Maggie Benston Centre

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Activity Descriptions (Choose two, one for each session)

Environmental Science

How do Stream Networks Form in the High Arctic, and How is Climate Change Involved? (Full)

Stream networks are the super highways of the Earth’s surface, providing the pathways for water, sediment, nutrients and other substances to move from the mountains, to valley floors and the oceans. In High Arctic landscapes where the ground is frozen for much of the year, we are only beginning to learn how stream networks develop, and the role that our rapidly changing climate plays in the process. In this session we will shed some light on how frozen landscapes channelize, and what this may mean for coastal environments and far off places like Mars.



A Matter of Degrees – Climate, Concrete and Community Spaces on SFU’s Burnaby Mountain (Full)

Does urban environmental design happen in a vacuum? In this walking tour of public spaces on Burnaby Mountain, we map out how the design of public spaces has interacted with the unique local climate and environment of Mount Burnaby to impact the way people engage on campus, and how the use of space at a university designed in the 1960’s is adjusting to changing climate patterns.

Resource and Environmental Management — Planning (First session only)

Planning Sustainable Communities for Tomorrow (Full)

Are you interested in your surrounding environment and how you can help shape, transform, develop and plan for sustainable cities, communities, neighbourhoods and regions? The field of Planning is about balancing the built environment and natural environment, community needs, cultural significance and economic sustainability through long-term, spatial thinking and decision-making. Come learn more and help plan the future!



Resource and Environmental Management (second session only)

Informing Solutions to the World’s Environmental Problems (Full)

Navigating towards an ecologically sustainable and socially just world is the greatest challenge facing humanity. This means reversing the biodiversity, climate, and inequity crises that are squarely upon us. From endangered species recovery to electric car policies and the negotiation of reconciliation, REM aims to foster the interdisciplinary skills, leadership, stewardship, and innovation needed to get us there. In this session, we will head outside and experience how REM researchers collect data to inform solutions for environmental challenges.  


CSI, Bones & Indiana Jones: Exploring Biological Archaeology (Full)

What do CSI, Darwin and Indiana Jones have in common? Join the Department of Archaeology and explore the world of biological archaeology, physical anthropology and forensics. In this unique experience discover what we can understand from humans of the past and assist in solving forensic casework!