UVic Speakers Bureau 2021/22

Michael Livingston

The microbiology of ocean surfaces

Michael Livingston, a graduate student in the Department of Biology, is available to present on the microbiology of ocean surfaces and its role in the world’s carbon cycle.

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Karolina Papera Valente

Gold nanoparticles: radiation therapy enhancers

Karolina Papera Valente, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is available to speak about gold nanoparticles and radiation therapy enhancers.

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Moronke Harris

Coral survival in a warming ocean

Moronke Harris, a graduate student of the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences is available to speak about an intervention strategy for coral survival in warming oceans.

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Sudhir Nair

How does immigration impact communities?

Sudhir Nair, an associate professor in the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business is available to present on how immigration impacts communities. His presentation is available in English and Hindi.

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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. Areas of note are:

  • ocean science and technology;
  • environment, climate and energy;
  • Indigenous research;
  • global studies and social justice;
  • health and life sciences;
  • creativity and culture;
  • data science and cyber physical systems; and
  • physical sciences and engineering, mathematics and computer science.

These and many other fascinating areas of expertise are represented among the 543 topics offered this year by Speakers Bureau members.

Last year, the Speakers Bureau shifted gears to make more than 80 per cent of our talks available as virtual or remote presentations—and volunteers gave 320 talks, reaching an audience of more than 10,000 people. We’ll continue to offer virtual talks this season, even as we return to the in-person speaking engagements we’ve provided since 1980.

Welcome to the 2021-22 season

Kevin Hall
President Kevin Hall

Sharing a world of ideas

The connection between the University of Victoria and our region’s community is productive, dynamic, and benefits us all. The UVic Speakers Bureau—now in its 41st season—is an outstanding example of that relationship, bringing the expertise of UVic faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees to audiences across southern Vancouver Island.

Our volunteers are tremendous ambassadors for our university, connecting community to the extraordinary academic environment that has made UVic a world-leading university. The UVic Speakers Bureau is also the only university-wide bureau of its kind in Canada—a sign of our commitment to community engagement and lifelong learning for everyone.

Last year, in order to continue this community service, we shifted gears to make more than 80 per cent of our talks available as virtual or remote presentations—an option we’ll continue to offer even as we return to the in-person speaking engagements we’ve provided since 1980.

Despite last year’s challenges, Speakers Bureau volunteers gave 320 presentations to schools, seniors groups, service clubs, business associations and community centres—reaching more than 10,000 community members across southern Vancouver Island.

This year, 130 new topics have been added, reflecting the extraordinary breadth of scholarship at UVic, as well as the enthusiasm of our volunteers to contribute to a better future for people and the planet.

I encourage you to take advantage of this breadth of knowledge by booking a volunteer through UVic's Speakers Bureau.

Dr. Kevin Hall, PhD
President and Vice-Chancellor