What is the UVic Speakers Bureau?
The UVic Speakers Bureau is a community service provided by volunteer speakers from among the faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees who teach, conduct research, study and work at the University of Victoria.
Through the bureau, experts and knowledgeable individuals from UVic make themselves available to speak to community groups, schools, clubs and other organizations throughout Greater Victoria and southern Vancouver Island. The service is free (although travel expenses may be requested to some locations).
UVic is known for its strengths in the arts and sciences and selected professions. Some areas of note are: society and health, oceans and climate, matter and energy, Indigenous and cultural studies, global change and sustainability, genomics and proteomics, fine and performing arts, and computational modelling and information processing.
These and many other fascinating areas of expertise are represented among the 439 topics offered this year by Speakers Bureau members.
The 2015/16 Speakers Bureau season set several new records, and surpassed last year's record-setting pace by booking 473 talks—reaching an audience of 16,000 people. In the last five years, bureau volunteers have more than tripled the number of talks given to K-12 students, making school groups the single largest audience category for the bureau.
At the edge of discovery
The UVic Speakers Bureau is a great way to engage with ideas that are making a vital impact in our world.
For 35 years, faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees of the University of Victoria have shared their expertise with audiences across southern Vancouver Island by participating in the UVic Speakers Bureau.
The bureau is a great example of the UVic Edge—the unique combination of dynamic learning, vital impact and extraordinary academic environment that has helped make UVic a world-leading university in just over 50 years.
Our volunteers have given more than 10,000 talks since the bureau was established—connecting dynamic learning at UVic to the intellectual, social and cultural life of our region.
The UVic Speakers Bureau is also the only university-wide bureau of its type in Canada. While that's a powerful statement about our commitment to community, it's also a sign of what makes the UVic experience distinct.
This year, 107 new topics have been added, reflecting the world-leading scholarship on our campus as well the keen desire of our speakers to address issues that matter to people, places and the planet. I encourage your organization to make use of this tremendous resource. Make our breadth of knowledge yours. Please consider booking a talk today.
Jamie Cassels, QC
President and Vice-Chancellor