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.

Ask an Expert about Fish Predation

August 2, 2015, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Diana Rennison

Drop-in and ask Diana Rennison, PhD candidate at the UBC Biodiversity Research Centre, about fish predation (the preying of one animal on others).

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.

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.

Bug Hunt

August 29, 2015, 12:30pm
Karen Needham

Join our Assistant Curator of the Spencer Entomological Collection, Karen Needham, for a summertime bug hunt! Discover the fascinating creatures living right under our noses.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Members' Sneak-Peek Bugs & Beer

September 4, 2015, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Experience the museum after-hours in this exclusive members-only event. Learn about insects as a source of sustainable protein, eat some (if you're brave) and enjoy Grasshopper Wheat Ale generously donated by Big Rock Brewery.

Free with museum membership.

Ask an Expert about Amphibians

September 6, 2015, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Danielle Courcelles

Curious about the critters that live in streams? Danielle Courcelles will answer your questions about these fascinating creatures when you drop-in to the museum.

Free for the public.

Seed dispersal is way cool because…

September 6, 2015, 1:00pm
Christopher Kopp

In this interactive Way Cool presentation, we’ll explore how plants have gotten to the far flung places they are found, and how the world in which these plants live has influenced their strategies for getting around.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Campus Walk - Ecology

September 19, 2015, 10:15am
David Cook

Walk to locations on campus where native plants can be seen in their natural setting with biologist David Cook. Learn about the ecological roles played by each species while strolling around picturesque UBC campus.

Included with museum admission or membership.

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