The Vancouver Institute

Since 1916, the Vancouver Institute has brought the University of British Columbia and Vancouver community together through free public lectures and discussions. Driven by volunteer membership and donations, the Institute hosts influential academics and political leaders from around the world. The Global Reporting centre is proud to partner with The Vancouver Institute. In collaboration, both organizations support interdisciplinary ideas and a strong, community-driven culture at UBC.

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TRAPPED INSIDE YOUR HEAD: AN ETHICS JOURNEY IN MODERN BIOMEDICINE FOR THE BRAIN

Dr. Judy Illes’ research, teaching and outreach initiatives are devoted to ethical, legal, social and policy challenges at the intersection of the brain sciences and biomedical ethics. She writes frequently for the Vancouver Sun and The Conversation Canada, and hosts community outreach activities covering challenging ethical problems related to biomedicine and the brain.

THE ORIGIN OF MODERN SPECIES

Professor Dolph Schluter is the world’s foremost authority on the role that ecology plays in the origin and divergence of new species. His work has fundamentally changed our understanding of evolution, revealing the ecological mechanisms driving speciation and probing the factors generating and maintaining biodiversity. His work has appeared in Evolution, Nature, Science, and Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

TREES TELL TALES: UBC’S CHANGING LANDSCAPES

An expert on the native plant life of British Columbia, Dr. Shona Ellis has restructured UBC’s Biology program, the largest undergraduate science program offered at UBC, by shifting instructional strategies to improve teaching and student advising, as well as integrating sustainability into the curriculum so students become informed global citizens.

COLD WAR WITH CHINA: WHAT’S A UNIVERSITY TO DO?

Dr. Paul Evans’ research and public diplomacy focus on relations between Canada and China, and on security issues and processes in the Asia Pacific region, and the emergence of techno-nationalism as a defining force in regional affairs.

TECHNOLOGY + ART: HOW THE GOLDEN AGE OF TV DRAMA CAME ABOUT

Mr. John Doyle has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs to talk about popular culture, television, soccer, and Ireland. His essays have appeared in the Review section of the G&M since 1997, as well as the journal TV Quarterly. His writing has also appeared in Report on Business magazine, Elle Canada, Flare, En Route, Books in Canada, The Irish Times, and the Toronto Star.

EXPLORING THE HIDDEN EARTH – GROUNDWATERS AND DEEP SUBSURFACE LIFE 

Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar has revolutionized the development of innovative mechanisms for groundwater remediation. In 2013 Canadian Geographic magazine listed her among the Ten Canadians “Changing the World” for her discovery of the “billion-year-old water” and its implications for life on other planets.

WHAT’S THE HARM? CONSIDERING THE COMMUNITY IMPACTS OF HATE CRIME

Dr. Barbara Perry has written extensively about inequality, justice and the motivations behind hate crimes. Her publications include Silent Victims: Hate Crime Against Native Americans (2008), Policing Race and Place: Under- and Over-policing in Indian Country (2009), Hate Crimes (2009), Diversity, Crime and Justice in Canada (2011) and Right-wing Extremism in Canada (co-authored 2019).