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.

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

Backyard Biodiversity

Starting May 9, 2014, explore the Beaty Museum through the lens of Backyard Biodiversity – showcasing the native, rare, and common species found in various ecosystems through British Columbia.

Biodiversity Lecture Series - Wade Davis

January 29, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
UBC Earth Sciences Building, Ross Beaty Lecture Theatre
Wade Davis

One of the greatest explorers of our generation, a real life Indiana Jones, will be giving our next Biodiversity Lecture. Wade is an anthropologist, ethnobotanist, photographer, and author. Come hear about Wade's adventurous life and research.

Midshipman fish are way cool because…

February 1, 2015, 1:00pm
Dr. Sigal Balshine

Join Dr. Sigal Balshine, a visiting professor from McMaster University for a fascinating fishy tale centred around the strange and wonderful singing toadfish.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Ask an Expert about Amphibians

February 1, 2015, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Chris Stinson

Cool, rough and slimy. What are amphibians? Find out from our expert Chris Stinson.

Free for the public.

FestEVOLVE 2015

February 10-15, 2015
Celebrate Darwin’s birthday with the Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s FestEVOLVE February 10-15. Join us for events from a Darwinian cake contest to naturally selected Valentines Day card making.

Campus Walk - How to ID Native Conifer Trees

February 21, 2015, 10:15am - 12:15pm
Dawn Hanna

Impress your friends by being able to identify the trees around us. Learn clues to help you tell a western hemlock from a Douglas fir.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Friends for Sharks

February 28, 2015, 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Kathryn Hodgson & Nicholas Curzon

Join two Great White shark wildlife guides from England as they tell tales of shark encounters, awesome adventures and explain why we need to protect these majestic creatures.

By donation.

Ask an Expert about Fascinating BC Wildflowers

March 1, 2015, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Ron Long

British Columbia native plants are fascinating but identification can be frustrating for the budding naturalist. Ron Long can help with that. Bring close-up photos of wild plants that you have found and Ron will show you how to go about finding a name.

Free for the public.

Birds (little dinosaurs) are way cool because...

March 1, 2015, 1:00pm
Darren Irwin

Birds are just little dinosaurs according to Darren Irwin. Find out how that is and learn about other cool birdy things like their songs, feathers, migrations, and parental behaviours.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Spring Break 2015: Hands-on Biodiversity

March 7-22, 2015
Join the Beaty Biodiversity Museum every day at 12:30 p.m. for a different hands-on activity, brought to you by volunteers, staff, curators, and special guests! Meet new friends while exploring different aspects of the biodiversity around us.


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