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.

Fortress flower: floral defences are way cool because...

June 7, 2015, 1:00pm
Dr Anna Hargreaves

Flowers may seem passive and innocent, but they are actually masters of manipulation.­ Join Dr Anna Hargreaves, post-doctoral fellow at the Biodiversity Research Centre, as she explores the diverse and often beautiful strategies flowers use to have their way with their animal visitors.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Ask an Expert about Insects

June 7, 2015, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Karen Needham & Don Griffiths

Bugs are beautiful - just ask Assistant Curator of the Spencer Entomological Collection Karen Needham and Imaging Technician Don Griffiths. Don has been taking stunning images of insects from the Beaty Biodiversity Museum's collection. Find out why these images are important for research activities like insect identification.

Free for the public.

Campus Walk - Birding

June 20, 2015, 10:15am
Sue Kay

Join avid birder Sue Kay on a walk around campus to spot local birds that call UBC home.

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.

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.

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