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Upcoming Events

The fish you don’t know you eat
A panel discussion featuring UBC’s Global Reporting Program and the Ocean Leaders Fellows who participated in the project

Friday, 10 January 2020
11:00 AM PST
[Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory (AERL) Theatre)]
2202 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

25% of fish caught in the ocean don’t land directly on our plates. They’re churned into something called fishmeal. That fishmeal is mainly used to feed farmed fish, which account for more than half of the seafood we consume globally. But what are the true costs of this process? NBC News with UBC’s Global Reporting Program and three Ocean Leaders Fellows travelled to China, Peru and West Africa – key locations in the global fishmeal industry – to find out.







Story Time with Ocean Leaders

Friday, 10 January 2020
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM PST
Hakai Node, [Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory (AERL) 216]
2202 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

Join us the 1st Friday of the month to hear a life lesson from an Ocean Leader. Come find out how the featured Ocean Leader answers the simple prompt: Talk about a story that has impacted you or share how you ended up at UBC.

This month’s story comes from Dr. Curtis Suttle







Past Events

Riding Big Waves: Collaborative Encounters with Conflict

Wed, 13 November 2019
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST
Room 107 [Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory (AERL)]
2202 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

Join us to explore systemic drivers of conflict and build skills towards collaboration in the spirit of courage, comfort, and curiosity. Participants will reflect on personal challenges, interpersonal dynamics, and systemic structures through activities and games that offer a new way to look at old patterns.
What to expect: Come ready to participate and have fun.
What not to expect: For those not theatrically inclined, don’t worry, there will be no acting, role playing or improv.

Please RSPV here

Entrepreneurial Thinking for Scientists Who Don’t Want to be Entrepreneurs

Wed, 6 November 2019
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST
Room 107 [Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory (AERL)]
2202 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

Scientific thinking is commonly used by entrepreneurs, and in turn entrepreneurial thinking can benefit scientists. Join us to learn about entrepreneurial thinking tools and how to apply them to science and policy. In this workshop led by Blair Simonite P.Eng, Program Director of entrepreneurship@UBC, you will work “hands-on” on group activities where you will apply entrepreneurial thinking to a relevant policy scenario.

Please RSVP here

Engaging with Indigenous Communities

Wednesday, 20 March 2019
AERL, Hakai Node

This workshop will introduce students to special considerations when working with indigenous communities. This workshop will include a presentation and facilitated dialogue about working with indigenous populations in research and policy action, with time for Q&A.

Please RSVP here.

A la Mar – Film Screening and Discussion

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
AERL, Hakai Node

Join us for a screening of A la Mar, a Peruvian documentary film. Following the film, we will have a facilitated discussion and Q&A with a few experts and a short reception.

Please RSVP here.

Best Practices in Research and Data Management

Wednesday, 30 January 2019
11:00am –   12:00pm

How do you manage your research data? Join us for a research data management planning workshop designed to help you incorporate best practices for data management into your own work.

Risk Analysis and Decision-Making Workshop

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
AERL 107

This workshop will explore dimensions of risk and risk assessment, and how to use these tools for better decision-making.

Please RSVP here.

Storytelling Workshop

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Hakai Node

This afternoon workshop will instruct participants how to weave together compelling narratives to communicate science. Participants will engage in skill-building and applied story development. Select participants will have the opportunity to tell their stories at a live event in front of a public audience the following week, on 22 November.

Please RSVP here.

Engaging with Policymakers

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Hakai Node

Science can play a critical role in shaping policy, but the path from scientific research to societal impact isn’t always clear. Join us as we hear from policymakers and NGO representatives about how to work with policymakers and translate science into policy solutions. This workshop will consist of a panel, Q&A, and a short exercise.

Please RSVP here.

Making Waves

Monday, March 19, 2018
Kits House

Join UBC’s Ocean Leaders for an evening to learn about our ongoing projects and to exchange ideas about the pressing issues affecting our local ocean and coastline. Meet our fellows, partners, and engage with fellow community members at our first annual policy event.

Please RSVP here.

Chasing Coral Screening

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Join us for a screening of Chasing Coral, a documentary that examines the destruction and disappearance of the world’s coral reefs. The film will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with some local coral reef researchers.

Watch the trailer

Story Collider: Workshop & Performance

Wednesday, November 29 – Friday, December 1, 2017

This collaboration with Story Collider instructs participants in weaving together compelling narratives to communicate science. Participants will engage in a two-day workshop focused on skill-building and application with the opportunity to tell their own stories. Select participants will have the opportunity to tell their stories at a live event in front of a public audience on Friday evening. To learn more about story collider, visit their website:

Register here

Anecdotal Evidence at the Vancouver Aquarium

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Join Anecdotal Evidence at the Vancouver Aquarium for an evening of live storytelling. Listen to personal stories of science engagement through experiences of fieldwork, failure, success and breakthrough.

Register here

Science Storytelling on Social Media Workshop

Monday, October 30, 2017

This student-facilitated workshop will help participants develop skills to communicate science through effective storytelling and the use of social media tools. The workshop will feature guest contributors and allow participants the opportunity to apply their learned skills.

Register here

Leadership Workshop

Wednesday, October 11 -Thursday, October 12, 2017

This workshop, led by Margaret Krebs, Director of the Leopold Program, will lead participants through an examination of leadership narratives, dimensions, and skills. The workshop will feature real case studies of successful ecological and environmental management as a framework for learning.

Welcome Reception

4pm, September 13, 2017
AERL Lobby

We will host a small gathering at 4pm in the lobby after FISH 507 to introduce our new fellows. Come and say hello!