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.

Native Plants Walk

October 18, 2014, 10:15am - 12:15pm
David Cook

Walk to locations on campus where native plants can be seen in their natural setting. Learn about the taxonomy, ecology and the traditional First Nation uses of each species.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Open House for Teachers

October 24, 2014, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Come to the museum for a professional development day. Learn how we can support your lessons with curriculum links in our exhibits, activities and programs.

Free for teachers with Teacher Federation or Association ID.

Halloween Costume Contest

October 31, 2014, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Dress up as your favourite plant, animal or biodiversity related historic figure (ex Darwin) for your visit & submit a picture to our costume contest to win a Beaty Biodiversity Museum T-shirt!

Contest is free.

Mushroom Walk

November 1, 2014, 2:15pm
Brett Couch, Jaclyn Dee, Ludovic Le Renard, and Mary Berbee

With the fall rains, many BC fungi erupt from the ground to present a spectacular display of mushrooms. If you like mushrooms and want to learn more about them, join us, rain or shine, for an exploration of mushrooms and a walk through the UBC campus.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Arctic berries are way cool because...

November 2, 2014, 1:00pm
Noémie Boulanger-Lapointe

Through a closer look at berries, Noémie Boulanger-Lapointe will take you on a search for the sweet spot in the northern biocultural system.

Included with museum admission or membership

Ask an Expert about Marine Bivalves (shellfish)

November 2, 2014, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Sheila Byers

Find out more about shellfish from the author of Explore the Rocky Shore at Stanley Park (published by Nature Vancouver), Sheila Byers. Bring in photos of your favourite or mystery shellfish.

Free for the public.

Pure Beauty: Science and Your Inner Artist

November 13, 2014,12:00pm - 1:00pm
Patrick Keeling, Erick James, Robert Brain, and Paul Bucci

Two UBC microbiologists — Patrick Keeling and Erick James — discuss how they translate their science into art and are joined by historian Robert Brain, and UBC Science student Paul Bucci who is passionate about art and design.

Included with museum admission or membership.

I Came to See the Beautiful Things

November 14, 2014, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Aislinn Hunter & Veda Hille

Join us in the museum for a lively discussion on why museums matter to the arts and artists. With a live performance by Veda Hille and a short reading from Aislinn Hunter's museum-based novel The World Before Us. Wine and cheese to follow.

Free for the public.

Ask an Expert about Fossils

December 7, 2014, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Hanson Wong

Fascinated by fossils? Ask all your fossil related questions to a fellow fossil enthusiast Hanson Wong who will have some fossils for you to check out. Bring in photos of your favourite or mystery fossils.

Free for the public.

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