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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.

Ideafest 2020, March 2-7 - Call for proposals

Submission deadline: October 4, 2019

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 4, 2019.

To aid you in creating a great proposal we have developed two planning documents. These documents have been updated for 2020 and we recommend they are reviewed by event organizers before submitting a proposal.

Event planning 101
Roles, responsibilities and timeline 

Ideafest 2020 proposal form
(please download and open with adobe acrobat to enable form functions)


For Ideafest enquiries, please contact:

Ideafest coordinator
Tom Deas, Communications and Engagement Coordinator, OVPR
Ideafest liaison
Karyn Talarico
Tel: 250-472-4775
Tel: 250-472-5416


Ideafest 2019 

Ideafest 2019 featured over 40 events on topics ranging from women's rights and climate change to deep sea research and the latest in regenerative medicine.

If you weren't able to attend the festival you can watch recordings of selected events on the Ideafest website:

You can also browse the full 2019 schedule to see the 40 events featured.

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