Talks & Events

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum encourages you to attend one of our engaging talks and special events. Most are geared to a general, all-ages audience (unless otherwise specified). We hope to spark your love of biodiversity through interesting and timely topics.

  • Biodiversity Lecture Series: In partnership with the Biodiversity Research Centre (BRC), the Museum presents an ongoing series of lectures exploring our understandings of biodiversity.
  • Guest Speakers and Special Events: Scientists and artists from different corners of the world bring their perspective on biodiversity to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

Click here for what's currently happening at the Museum.

All events listed below are included with museum admission or membership, unless stated otherwise.

shutterbug programs

March 11, 2015 - September 6, 2015
Ian Lane

Take a closer look at local insect life in this exhibition of photographs. Enjoy daily hands-on programs about insects and drop-in activities in the gallery.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Badgers are way cool because...

July 5, 2015, 1:00pm
Daniel Justice

Did you know that a badger once lived in the White House? Come learn about these misunderstood animals with Daniel Justice, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program at UBC.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Ask an Expert about Fish Bioacoustics

July 5, 2015, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Abby Schwarz

Did you know that fish can hear? Ask an expert about how they pick up sounds in the water through their bodies and in their internal ear.

Free for the public.

Science and Art: Flathead En Plein Air Symposium

July 11, 2015, 2:00pm
Daniel Mosquin and Jessie Corey.

Talks celebrating the opening of the Flathead En Plein Air spotlight exhibition, showcasing paintings from the Flathead – a region that has been described as one of the most ecologically important places on the planet.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Campus Walk - Living Fossils

July 18, 2015, 10:15am
Perry Poon

Join Perry Poon from the Vancouver Paleontological Society on a walk around campus looking at live examples of prehistoric plants (e.g. Ginkgo, Dawn Redwoods).

Included with museum admission or membership.

Peacocks are way cool because...

August 2, 2015, 1:00pm
Roz Dakin

Did you know that peacocks produce a rainbow of feather colours without any colourful pigments? Come find out which famous scientist wrote that peacock feathers make him sick, why feather iridescence is so important, and what it takes to get a peahen's attention.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Campus Walk - Birds of Summer

August 15, 2015, 10:15am
Peter Candido

Find out about common bird species in the city and learn how to identify them.

Included with museum admission or membership.

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