A feast for the mind

Most things only get better with age—in IdeaFest’s case, they also get bigger. Now in its second year, the University of Victoria’s popular festival of ideas has doubled in both length and content, running over two weeks from March 4–15 and featuring more than 50 free events from every faculty on campus (and more than half of UVic’s interdisciplinary research centres).

Produced and hosted by the Office of the Vice-President Research, IdeaFest creates a vivid and multi-faceted space for community members, faculty, staff and students to explore the world-changing ideas rooted in research, creativity and scholarship happening right now in every corner of campus. Whether you’re a science lover, an activist, a zombie enthusiast, or something else entirely, this festival provides an opportunity to have your curiosity piqued by the experts on campus that help make the world a bit more interesting—and a little bit better tomorrow—for everyone.

New and emerging ideas are explained, debated, re-worked and mobilized in a number of channels during this festival, including panels, workshops, PechaKucha-style presentations, exhibits, lectures, performances, film screenings and tours ranging in topics from big data and the social power of gaming to sovereignty in the North and whether or not English should emerge as a global language (to name just a few).

Complete festival details and a full roster of all 50 events is available at www.uvic.ca/ideafest; be sure to keep up with @UVicResearch on Twitter for up-to-date festival information.

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Keywords: IdeaFest, campus, interdisciplinary

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