SFU Science in the community

We proudly host free science programs and workshops for teachers, schools, clubs and home schoolers throughout Metro Vancouver. Through the educational Science in Action program, special events such as Science Spooktacular and Science Rendezvous, talks like Cafe Scientifique and star gazing events at the Trottier Observatory, we serve thousands of our community members.

Engaging with the public is a cornerstone of SFU's mandate and our offerings grow yearly to meet demand. Feel free to browse our programs and nurture your inner scientist!

SFU Café Scientifique

Join us for an informal evening of "Talks with Docs!"

Café Scientifique is a series of informal discussions connecting research to important issues of interest to the community.  Enjoy light snacks and refreshments while engaging with cutting-edge, award-winning researchers from Simon Fraser University's (SFU) Faculty of Science.

All events are held at Boston Pizza (private room) 1045 Columbia St., New Westminster
(2 blks from the New West Skytrain station)

Doors open at 6:30pm, discussion and talk will run from 7:00-8:30pm.

Refreshments are available for purchase. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Reserve your free seat by emailing: cafe_scientifique@sfu.ca
**Note that there is no accent above the "e" in this address.


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science_outreach@sfu.ca to be added to the SFU Cafe Scientifique mailing list where you will receive automatic updates.


In our series, speakers will discuss their health or popular-science related topic, without the use of audio visual materials or handouts, for approximately 30 minutes.  A discussion with the audience will ensue for about 45 minutes while participants enjoy appetizers and beverages.  

“Rebirth of curiosity and wonder: how do we achieve this while teaching science at university?”  - September 23, 2016

What is students’ meaning and interpretation of effective, helpful, inspiring, skillful, and wonder-full teaching? Does the perception of wonderful teaching vary between elementary, high school and university students, and if so, how? How do parents perceive effective teaching? Does a generation gap between parents and students create different impressions and expectations of effective teaching? How can we address the transition from high school to university and help students adjust? These are just some of the questions that go through my mind in my every-day work that I love to do – teach biology to university students. At this Café, I would like to share my thoughts about effective teaching with you and ask you: what do you expect of a biology instructor teaching your first-year science daughter or son?

Dr. Ivona Mladenovic joined SFU’s Department of Biological Sciences in 2003 after having worked for University of British Columbia, and University of London, UK. Her love for education did not stop with her first PhD in Andrology. She is currently pursuing another PhD, this time in Curriculum Theory and Implementation at Faculty of Education at SFU. Her research focuses on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

"The Nuts and Bolts of BC's LNG Aspirations" - October 14, 2016

The BC government has staked its financial future on developing a successful Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) industry in the province, but we are late to the party. Many nations across the planet have LNG aspirations, and several already have established operations. Although we are not in the vanguard of LNG development, BC benefits from its world-class resources and close proximity to target markets. At this Café, we will review the quality of BC LNG resources, and both the drawbacks and benefits of ramping up natural gas production in the province. The goal of this review is to leave you, the listener, with a solid understanding of what we stand to gain and lose as a result of LNG production.

Dr. Shahin Dashtgard joined SFU’s Department of Earth Sciences in January 2007. He received his PhD from the University of Alberta, and prior to that worked as a Geologist in Canada’s Petroleum Industry. Dr. Dashtgard received the James Lee Wilson award from the SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) in 2012, and the Link Award from the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists in 2015 for his contributions to Petroleum Geology.

"Mobility Matters for Older Adults" - November 18, 2016

Mobility is the ability to get out in one’s community and maintain societal participation and independence in daily activities. Thanks to Canada’s national health funding agency's investment in a Mobility in Aging Initiative from 2005-2015 that addressed mobility of older Canadians, we now know a lot more about mobility today. In this talk, we will explore a variety of topics on mobility that are informed by cutting-edge research from the past decade of discovery. Why is mobility important as we age? How is mobility clinically assessed? What can individuals do to maintain and improve their own mobility? How can communities promote mobility for older adults? Physical activity supports mobility, but it is not always easy to get enough physical activity. What are the obstacles to physical activity that older adults commonly encounter, and what are effective ways for older adults to get more daily activity? By the end, I hope you will consider what matters to your mobility as you grow older.

Dr. Dawn Mackey is an epidemiologist investigating novel approaches to enhance mobility among older adults. Her research group tests new ways to promote physical activity, prevent debilitating fall-related injuries, and reduce fatigue during daily activities. Her studies involve community-dwelling older adults, recipients of home health care, and residents of long-term care. Dawn is an Assistant Professor in SFU’s Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology and an Investigator at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility. She has been recognized as an emerging scholar in aging by a 2011 CIHR Age+ Prize and a 2014 Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award.