Ideafest

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Ideas that can change everything.

Ideafest is the university’s annual research festival, showcasing the ideas of faculty, students and staff from across the university.

Each year, new and emerging research is explained, debated, re-worked and brought to life in a range of highly creative panels, workshops, exhibits, presentations, performances, and tours. This unique event offers a chance to explore and celebrate UVic scholarship and attracts thousands of participants from both the on-campus and greater Victoria communities.

Check out last year's roster of events.


Ideafest 2018, March 5-10 – Call for submissions!


Submission deadline: October 6, 2017

Units from across campus are invited to participate in Ideafest by submitting an event proposal form to the Office of the Vice-President Research by October 6, 2017.

Ideafest Event Proposal Form

Event Planning 101


Vice-President Research signature Ideafest events

The Office of the Vice-President Research hosts annual signature Ideafest events, featuring some of the University of Victoria’s most celebrated scholars.

2017 Reconciliation and resurgence: How Indigenous artists are re-imagining the story of Canada

Shelagh Rogers, Carey Newman, Andrea Walsh, Rande Cook

An Ideafest 2017 conversation with university chancellor and celebrated broadcast journalist Shelagh Rogers and Indigenous visual artists Rande Cook and Carey Newman and UVic visual anthropologist Andrea Walsh. Across Canada, contemporary Indigenous artists are using images to explore place, truth and identity and challenging us to transform our perspectives, conversations and ideas. Collectively, this great imagining is playing a unique and pivotal role in understanding our past and determining our shared future.

Audio recording available on the UVic Soundcloud.

2017 Ecology of a changing coast

The BC coastal region—from the Salish Sea to the Great Bear Rainforest and the Haida Gwaii archipelago—is home to some of the richest biodiversity on Earth. Fish, bears, wolves, whales, migratory birds and botanical species, among others, flourish here. And for millennia First Nations have flourished alongside them. Yet today, the effects of climate change, overharvesting and development are impacting this fine balance. Three researchers at the forefront of their fields discuss their research on the changing ecology of the BC coast and their efforts to minimize these threats, working with local communities and government.     

Presenters: Brian Starzomski (School of Environmental Studies) First Nations land use helped the forest grow bigger in BC's Great Bear Rainforest; Chris Darimont (Department of Geography) Guardians of the coast—Safeguarding salmon, carnivores and the habitats that sustain us all and Natalie Ban (School of Environmental Studies) Fish for the future: Indigenous stewardship of the ocean


For more information, please contact:

Tara Todesco, Ideafest Coordinator Nicholas Wood, Ideafest Liaison
Email: ifcoord@uvic.ca
Tel: 250-853-3849
Email: ideafest@uvic.ca
Tel: 250-472-5416

Ideafest is organised by the Office of the Vice-President Research, with assistance from University Communications and Marketing