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Waterloo's lectures and events are an entertaining and informative way to learn about emerging ideas and research. Thanks for visiting us and enjoy browsing our upcoming and past events.

“The caliber of post-secondary students in our city is second to none. At the University of Waterloo, in addition to their academic strengths, students find unique and innovative ways to share their time and talent, investing in our city and making it a better place for all. We are fortunate to have this award-winning university in our city.”
- DAVE JAWORSKY, Mayor, City of Waterloo

Watch our past events and online community talks


International Women's Day event banner Join the University of Waterloo as we discuss the opportunities presented when our economic recovery embraces everyone’s skills, perspectives, and creativity.

Waterloo 2022 International Women’s Day event

To remember and honour those tragically lost 32 years ago, the University of Waterloo hosted a special ceremony of remembrance.

December 6, 2021 | National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women 

Join the University of Waterloo in partnership with CBC Kitchener-Waterloo as we go Beyond The Headlines to discuss the realities unfolding in our post-COVID world.

<--break->June 17, 2020 | Globalization in our post-COVID world 

July 15, 2020 | Responding to inequity in our post-COVID world


Will our kids be alright lecture banner.

How will the disruptions of 2020 affect our children and their development? University of Waterloo researchers explore the short and long-term social and developmental consequences and how we can avoid exacerbating the effects of the global pandemic.

August 27, 2020 | Kitchener Public Library Lecture – "Will Our Kids Be Alright?"

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With all eyes on the 2020 election in the United States, University of Waterloo researchers discuss potential social, political and economic impacts for Canada and the world.

October 29, 2020 | Kitchener Public Library Lecture: America Votes – "What should we expect?"


COVID-19: Ask our experts community talks

<--break->May 6, 2020 | Protecting our mental health with Professor Christine Purdon 

May 13, 2020 | Long-term care and our loved ones with Professor John Hirdes

May 20, 2020 | Social media and our quarantine life with Professor Shana MacDonald

May 27, 2020 | Planning for retirement in uncertain financial times with Professor James Thompson

June 3, 2020 | Quarantine boredom with Professor James Danckert

June 10, 2020 | In pursuit of a vaccine with Professor Roderick Slavcev