Listed below are upcoming or recent events. To view a list of all activities, please visit the "Projects and Series" page.

Upcoming events

October 15, 2015,  Free Public Talk and Discussion, 7:00 pm - The Optimistic Environmentalist: Planning for a 100% Renewable Future  

Presented by: Dr. David R. Boyd, Adjunct Professor, School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University; Environmental Lawyer and Author More Info

October 29, 2015,  Free Public Talk and Discussion, 7:00 pm - A World of Climate Extremes
Presented by: Jana Sillmann, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo (CICERO), Norway. More Info

Past events

September 24, 2015,  Free Public Talk and Discussion, 7:00 pm - How Large Is the Bill for Global Climate Change?  
Presented by: Dr. Chris Hope, Reader in Policy Modelling, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK. More Info

September 23, 2015 Free Public Talk and Discussion, 12:30 pm SFU Burnaby IRMACS -
Modelling the Risks of Climate Change -Presented by: Dr. Chris Hope, Reader in Policy Modelling, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK. More Info

September 17, 2015,  Free public talk and discussion, 7:00 pm  - The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: The Battle Continues
Presented by: Dr. Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology and Director, Earth System Science Center, Pennsylvania State University, USA. More Info

September 16, 2015 Free public talk and discussion, 12:30 pm, WMC 2202 Burnaby Campus  - The Past as Prologue: Learning from the Climage Changes in Past Centuries -Presented by: Dr. Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology and Director, Earth System Science Center, Pennsylvania State University, USA. More info

March 5, 2015, Free Public Talk and Discussion - Safety and Risk: Why Values Matter - Presented by Dr. Ingrid Stefanovic, Dean, Faculty of Environment, SFU, Abstract/Bio

February 26, 2015, Free Public Talk and Discussion - Welcome to the Pressure Cooker: How Climate Change is Making Our World More Violent and Less Secure - Presented by Dr. Marc Levy, Earth Institute, Columbia University, Abstract/Bio

February 19, 2015, Free Public talk and Discussion - The Future Isn't What It Used To Be - Presented by Dr. Kristie Ebi, Global Health, University of Washington, Abstract/Bio

February 12, 2015, Free Public talk and Discussion - Farming on a Warming Planet - Presented by Dr. Navin Ramankutty, Liu Centre, UBC, Abstract/Bio

February 5, 2015, Free Public talk and Discussion - Disease, Risk and Climate Change - Where do we stand? Presented by Carl Lowenberger, BioSciences, SFU, Abstract/Bio

January 15, 2015, Free Public Screening and Discussion about CBC's Documentary, Silence of the Labs 7:00 pm SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings, Room 1900.More Info

November 19, 2014, Free Public Lecture - Acceleration of Oceanic Denitrification During Global Warming - Presented by Professor Markus Kienast, Oceanography, Dalhousie University.  Abstract/Bio

November 6, 2014, Free Public Lecture - The Saga of Life: Notes from the Front Lines of a Magnificent Mass Extinction - Presented by Dr. Shahid Naeem, Columbia University, 7-9pm. Abstract/Bio  Reservations

October 23, 2014, Open House, 3:00 - 5:30, Halpern Centre, SFU, Burnaby. Come and hear about exciting community engaged research and network with members and community partners. Everyone Welcome

April 3-4, 2014, Invitational Workshop, Management of Sensistive Marine Ecosystems: Lessons from Case Studies to Identify Solutions for Baynes Sound

December 5, 2013, 7:00pm, SFU Wosk Centre for Dialogue. A free public talk, Collaboration and Communication: Two Keys to Our Ocean's Future, presented by John Nightingale, President, Vancouver Aquarium.

Free public presentation

Fraser Sockeye Salmon: An Uncertain Future

Charting a Course of Action on Cohen Commission Recommendations

February 27, 2013


Centre for Coastal Science and Management Open House - Interconnected Problems Need Interconnected Solutions

May 1, 2012 SFU Burnaby, Halpern Centre


Saving Nemo: The Science of Marine Extinctions - Presented by Dr. N. Dulvy, Biological Sciences, SFU

April 12, 2012|SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1800
Fisheries catches are stagnating and the seas are warming, raising questions as to whether we face the end of the oceans as we know them. We have drawn heavily from our oceans to feed millions but have we done irreversible harm to the biodiversity of our seas? Nicholas Dulvy shares the travelogue of his wanders from library archives to remote islands & coasts to share a story of the state of the oceans & the possible future of marine biodiversity.

Abstract and Bio


The Canadian Oil Sands: Economic saviour or environmental disaster? Presented by Dr. David Schindler, University of Alberta 

March 28, 2012 | Centre for Dialogue
The Alberta oil sands are being promoted by industry and government officials as the solution to North American energy needs for the foreseeable future. The impacts of oil sands development have been downplayed in propaganda promoting the oil sands. In this lecture, Dr. Schindler discuses some of the impacts that have been ignored or misrepresented, such as water quality, fisheries, wetland reclamation, carbon sequestration, and treaties with aboriginal communities.

Abstract and Bio

Video Recording


It's Wrong to Wreck the World: Climate Change and the Moral Obligation to the Future - Presented by Kathleen Dean Moore, Department of Philosophy, Oregon State University

March 21, 2012| SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1400
Although climate change is a scientific and technological issue, it is fundamentally a moral issue, and it calls for a moral response. Why has climate-change science elicited such stunning indifference? What calls us to act? How can we respond to the crisis in ways that honor duties of compassion, justice, and respect for human rights? How can we discuss these values across differences? How do we live, when we truly understand that we live in complete dependence on an Earth that is interconnected, interdependent, finite, resilient, and heart-breakingly beautiful?

Abstract and Bio

Video Recording


Climate Change and Disease: The Known Knowns, the Known Unknowns & Predictions of the Unknown Unknowns of Vector-Borne Diseases in a Changing World Presented by Dr. Carl Lowenberger, Biological Sciences, SFU

February 23, 2012  SFU Harbour Centre, Room 7000
Insects transmit parasites and pathogens to humans and other vertebrates. Malaria, sleeping sickness and Lyme disease are examples of diseases that are transmitted by insect vectors. Dr. Lowenberger will explore how climate change will affect habitat range extension of vectors of disease and other implications. These unknown unknowns are driving the predictions of what will become the reality of disease transmission in the new era.

Abstract and Bio


Can Ecological Restoration Help a Planet Under Pressure? Presented by Ken Ashley, School of Construction and Environment, BCIT

November 17, 2011, 7:00 pm  |  SFU Harbour Centre, Room 7000

By most metrics the planet is under increasing ecological pressure and is currently experiencing a "6th Great Extinction" of species. What's different this time is that the species extinctions are not caused by natural causes, but by the cumulative ecological footprint of 7 billion humans and their associated technologies. This lecture examines the emerging field of ecological restoration as a way of addressing pressured ecosystems.

Abstract and Bio

Abstract and Bio

Dr. Ken Ashley, Ecological Restoration Program, BCIT

How to Boil a Frog - A special film screening

March 10, 2011

This film is a comedic documentary about the consequences of overshoot: too many people using up too little planet. An everyman dad (Jon Cooksey) gives a satirical overview of our global situation, and five surprising ways we can save civilization while making our own lives better.


Abstract and Bio

Jon Cooksey, Fools Bay Entertainment, Ltd.