UVic Speakers Bureau 2019/20

Sonia Voicescu looking through a microscope outside with the a snow mountain range in the background.

Using repeat photography in ecological restoration

Sonia Voicescu, a graduate student of the Department of Environmental Studies is available to speak on: "the field of repeat photography and its use as a research method for assessing landscape change, and for monitoring in ecological restoration projects"

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Kraun Thanjavurbeside a teloscope in the dome of the UVic observatory

Tour the Astronomical Observatory

Karun Thanjavur, senior lab instructor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, is available to study the subject of astronomy, which includes observing the sun and Venus.

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Kirstin Lane poses in a lab with a stationary bicycle.

Let's move: physical activity for all

Kirstin Lane, Assistant Teaching Professor for the School of Exercise Science, Physical & Helath Education is available on: "the benefits of physical activity, general practice guidance."

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Brad Rudner on a park bench holds an iPad in one hand, an apple in the other and a laptop sits on the bench beside him.

Excessive screen time: misused and overuse

Brad Rudner, a graduate student in the Department of Child & Youth Care, is available to speak on: "excessive screen time - the internet, video gaming - and how it can be misused and overused by children and use."

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Ajtony Szakacs is conducting an orchestra on stage

The history of conducting gestures

Ajtony Csaba Szakacs, Assistant Professor in the School of Music, is available to speak on: "the past and future of orchestral conducting and how to read a conductor."

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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 498 topics offered this year by Speakers Bureau members.

The 2018-19 Speakers Bureau season included 580 talks, reaching an audience of 19,000 people. In the last seven years, bureau volunteers have more than doubled the number of talks given to K-12 students, making school groups the single largest audience category for the bureau.

Sharing a world of ideas

President Jamie Cassels
Prof. Jamie Cassels

The faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees of the University of Victoria—the volunteers of the UVic Speakers Bureau—invite you to deepen your knowledge and engagement with the world.

For 38 years, our talented bureau volunteers have shared their expertise with audiences across southern Vancouver Island.

Every one of these speakers shares a strong commitment to contributing to the intellectual, social and cultural development of our region. They are also tremendous ambassadors for our university. Our volunteer speakers provide hands-on learning opportunities, show the vital impact of our research and connect community to the extraordinary academic environment that has made UVic a world-leading university.

The UVic Speakers Bureau is the only university-wide bureau of its kind in Canada. That’s a powerful statement about our commitment to community engagement and to lifelong learning for everyone. Ideas exchanged at each talk flow back to our classrooms, labs and field schools, further enriching the student experience.

Last year, Speakers Bureau volunteers gave 580 presentations to schools, seniors groups, service clubs, business associations and community centres—reaching more than 19,000 community members across southern Vancouver Island.

This year, 147 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.

Jamie Cassels, QC
President and Vice-Chancellor