Engaging our community through innovative public lectures

Researchers on stage at the KPL

The University of Waterloo engages our community through public lectures that aim to challenge, inspire, and enrich not only our faculty, staff and students, but all members of our Waterloo region community. Touching on a range of timely topics like life-changing research and controversial subject matter, our researchers and established faculty members relish opportunities to share their expertise and help our community learn more about the world around them.

Community Relations and Events works to bridge the relationship between our academic experts and our community partners to make knowledge accessible off campus. Through our collaboration with the Kitchener Public Library (KPL), we offer local knowledge seekers ways to learn something new and also connect directly with experts and other like-minded community members, all at a prominent community location.

In November 2014, Waterloo hosted a public lecture at the KPL on radicalization and the threat of ISIS; the lecture saw over 150 community members in attendance, with over 58 percent attending a UWaterloo public lecture for the first time. Due to overwhelming positive response and our ability to reach new audiences, we continue to enhance community programing with lectures that speak to current events. Some examples of community-based lectures include:

  • During Earth Week 2015, more than 100 regional residents joined us at the KPL for a Faculty of Environment lecture on the effects of climate change;

  • Professor on stage at the KPL

    As part of Science Literacy Week 2015, the Faculties of Science and Engineering hosted a KPL community lecture on transportation and its influence on human behaviour that engaged close to 200 members of our community;

  • Most recently, UWaterloo partnered with the Waterloo Public Library in December 2015 to offer a discussion on the historical Battle of Waterloo. Presented by four leading Faculty of Arts professors, each with distinct backgrounds in different aspects of the humanities, this lecture helped over 80 community members learn more about the history of our region.

Lecture at the WPLBy connecting our community to compelling new research and topics, the University proudly contributes to knowledge mobilization, equipping our community members with innovative information that can help change the world and foster informed, world-class citizens.

Want to know more about upcoming UWaterloo lectures and events? Learn more by following #UWCommunity.

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