Public Lecture Series

Recent Lecture Series

A Planet Under Pressure: Citizens and Scientists Taking Action on Global Warming and Other Threats 

Water Solutions Series - Examining water challenges to identify solutions for conservation and management. 

Recent Lectures

Professional Programs Free Webinars

Our Professional Programs are offering a free webinar series that explores lessons learned when citizens and other stakeholders are engaged in policy development and decision-making specific to environmental issues. Each session tells the inside story of an engagement process and shares tools, resources and tips for delivering engaging messages and designing public engagement processes. Drawing from these examples of highly successful campaigns, the case presentation explores methods to harness the attention and meaningful involvement of the public that will contribute to innovative public policy.

Join us for one or the whole series of free webinars this spring:

April 28th – 9:30 – 10:30am PST
Engaging Citizens in Bike Land Proposals: A Toronto Experience

May 19th – 9:30 – 10:30am PST
Engaging the University Community in Realizing Sustainability: A transformational approach

June 16th – 9:30 – 10:30am PST
Engaging the Community to Build Flood Resilience: 12,000 rain gardens for Puget Sound

April 21, 2016
Why Sustainable Fashion? The 180 Style Challenge

Do you know where your clothes come from? Can you tell the difference between polyester and cotton? What do you do when a piece of clothing falls apart? Ingrid Uhrich has made it her personal challenge to learn more about the counter movement in the fashion industry’s status quo: Sustainable Fashion. This lecture will explore the ups and downs of the challenge and investigate some of the possibilities enfolding some of the answers being discovered.  

Thursday, April 21, 2016 – 7 pm
SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings, Room 1700
Presented by Ingrid Uhrich, Instructor, Fashion Design and Merchandising, Centre for Arts and Technology, Kelowna B.C.

April 7, 2016
Water and the Sacred: The Flow from Commodity to Gift

Part of the Water Solutions Series

Presented by Dr. Stephen Scharper, School of Environment, University of Toronto.

Are you curious about the water crisis facing over 780 million people and increased threats such as climate change to clean water?  Dr. Scharper will explore how blending human rights concerns with religous and cultural worldviews embracing the sacredness and spiritual power of water may help us address the water crisis.

Free public talk and discussion, 7pm SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver


March 31, 2016 
Climate Change and You: Making 1.5 a Reality

Part of the Planet Under Pressure Series

The Canadian government stunned many at the Paris Climate Change Conference in December when they supported a 1.5 degree ceiling on climate warming. Where did this number come from? What would it mean for both the Canadian and the Global carbon budgets? How could we actually do it? The Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University invites you to join three Vancouver-based world experts - one climatologist specialising on impacts in the tropical Pacific, another specializing on global carbon budgets, and a resource economist - as they tackle this latest twist in the tale that is the galloping Anthropocene.

7:00 pm - Room 1900, SFU Harbour Ctr, 515 W. Hastings,
Reserve a seat:


March 22, 2016
World Water Day

What does water mean to you?
Wallace J Nichols, author of the New York Times best seller, Blue Mind, has started a groundbreaking conversation on the remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under and near water.  Blue Mind illustrates the crucial importance of our connection to water and provides a paradigm shifting "blueprint" for a better life. Join us for a presentation by Wallace J Nichols which combines cutting edge research with compelling personal stories that show how our proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success.

Vancouver Aquarium, 4D Theatre
Doors Open at 6pm | Reception 6-7pm | Presentation/Discussion 7-8:30
Book sale during reception, signing at 8:30pm


March 3, 2016
Marine Biodiversity & the Health of Canada's Oceans

part of the Canada Ocean Lecture Series

This free public lecture and discussion features Dr. Paul Snelgrove, Research Professor, Ocean Science and Biology, Memorial University. Dr. Snelgrove will discuss the new tools and approaches that have revolutionized ocean sciences in the last decade documenting new species, new environments, and new processes that create unprecedented opportunities to improve ocean sustainability. To view full abstract and bio, click here.

To reserve a seat, visit: http://snelgrove.eventbrite

January 18, 2016
The Human Face of Water Security: A focus on vulnerable individuals and communities

part of the Water Solutions Series

This free pulic lecture and discussion featured Dr. Zafar Adeel, Director, Institute of Water, Environment and Health, United Nations University and Steve Conrad, Associate Director of the PWRC. They addressed water security from a global to a local perspective.

Resources: abstract/bio

Media: CBC Water security a Canadian issue, not just a developing world issue

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