Public Events

Come with your family to a public, interactive fair on Sunday, attend public lectures by international experts on geologic hazards and global water supply or experience the wonder and power of the North through the film KONELĪNE: our land beautiful.


Sustainability Sunday – JUNE 17

Sustainability Sunday will feature a variety of displays and interactive exhibits designed to intrigue, delight and inform! Come have fun with organizations engaged in understanding the Earth, working with Indigenous people, creating new recycling programs and protecting biodiversity. The David Suzuki Foundation, Below BC, UBC Sustainability, Britannia Mine, the Museum of Vancouver and the Earth Science for Society committee will all be participating along with others.

All ages welcome to this family friendly, public event in the Foyer area of the West Convention Centre.

Location: West Convention Centre, Ballroom Foyer, Level 1
Schedule: Sunday, June 17, 10:00 to 14:00
Free - open to the Public


Movie Night - KONELĪNE: our land beautiful – JUNE 19

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A beautiful and thought provoking cinematic experience, revealing the complexity of relationships with the wild lands of the northwest and the people who live and work there - the Tahltan, drillers, geologists, hunters and powerline workers. The movie will be followed by a discussion with Nettie Wild, the Vancouver-based film maker.

Shown to wide acclaim in film festivals all over the world since its release in 2016, this is an exciting opportunity to view the film in BC. Nettie Wild (filmmaker) and Chad Day (President of the Tahltan Central Government) will be available for a special Q & A after the showing.

This subtle, beautiful and remarkably even-handed documentary examines what it means to live near the Red Chris gold and copper mine among the sweeping landscapes of northwestern British Columbia. Filmmaker Nettie Wild skillfully juxtaposes a soundtrack of gentle ruminations about nature, culture and economics spoken by local band members, white hunters and mine workers with a meditative film of ceaseless activity: Geologists consider core samples, line workers pull electrical cables, elders blockade a road, locals rescue stranded salmon, hunters shoot a moose. All these people have a stake in the land, and the mine poses the painful dilemma of economics versus environmentalism.

Kate Taylor in The Globe and Mail

Date: Tuesday, June 19
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Price: $10 CAD


Public Lectures  

Monday, June 18

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Communicating Geohazards to the Public

Iain Stewart
Professor of Geoscience Communication and
Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute at Plymouth University
BBC film series presenter
Member of the Order of the British Empire (2013)
European Federation of Geologists Medal of Merit (2016)

Geoscientific knowledge and understanding lies at the heart of many of the most critical societal issues that face us in the 21st century. The pressing human challenges of natural disaster reduction, energy supply and security, and mineral and water resource management, rest on geological foundations. And yet, outside of the academic and industrial geoscience community there is a limited appreciation of Earth Science, especially among policy makers. Geology, it seems, lies out of sight and out of mind. For that reason, geologists are increasingly being encouraged to communicate more broadly what they do and what they know. Yet how can we do that when, for most people, geology is about 'stones' and stones are 'boring'! It is a problem compounded by the fact that many of our most acute geo-issues are rooted in the unfamiliar realm of the deep subsurface. This talk will use the experience of popularising geoscience for mainstream television to explore ways in which geologists can make our research connect better with the dissonant public, and in doing so forge more effective strategies for meaningful public engagement.

Time: 17:30 - 19:00
Location: Room 109, Vancouver Convention Centre
Price: Free


Wednesday, June 20

Water: Can We End the Global Water Crisis?

Jay Famiglietti
Senior Water Scientist, California Institute of Technology, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, USA
Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing
Professor and Director, Global Institute for Water Security, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Climate models and decades of satellite data are converging on the unfortunate reality that Earth’s water cycle is changing. Paleoclimate indicators remind us that this has always been the case. Freshwater is constantly being exchanged among the atmosphere, ocean, land and ice reservoirs, while on land, patterns of precipitation, evapotranspiration, flooding and drought are shifting. The evolving water cycle of the 21st century will likely be stronger, more variable, and will result in broad swaths of mid-latitude drying, accelerated by the depletion of the world’s major groundwater aquifers. A well-defined geography of freshwater ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ is clearly emerging. In this public lecture, I will outline the major elements of the global water crisis and discuss what can be done to mitigate them. In particular, I will address what water ‘sustainability' means under such dynamic climate and hydrologic conditions, in particular when coupled with future projections of population growth. Likewise, I will explore how will water managers cope with these new normals, and how food and energy production will be impacted. The responsibility of communicating this changing global water landscape falls squarely on the shoulders of the academic-research community, yet the challenge of doing so is daunting. In this lecture I will review what our latest research tells us, and I will share my personal experiences, positive and negative, with science communication and water diplomacy.

Time: 17:30 - 19:00
Location: Room 109, Vancouver Convention Centre
Price: Free