Events - 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017 — 3:30 PM EST

Colloquium Series

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics


This December the Nobel prize will be awarded for the direct detection of gravitational waves two years ago. This capped off a century of controversy over their existence, ranging from questions about their nature, tantalizing clues of their influence, and dubious claims of detection.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 — 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST

Are you a senior high school student thinking of applying to the Science and Business, Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy, or

Thursday, November 23, 2017 — 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM EST

Celebrate with students at the Science Awards Reception!

Our upcoming Science Awards Reception will honour student recipients for their achievements in academics, athletics, or international experiences.

There will also be an opportunity for students and attendees to engage in a networking mixer throughout the event.

Please register by November 16th if you plan to attend the event.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 — 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST

The Waterloo Nanotechnology Conference is a student-organized conference that connects students and academia, industry, and entrepreneurs in various fields of nanotechnology. 

This event showcases exciting speakers, an informative industry panel discussion, and other interactive activities.

The conference will be taking place November 18, 2017 at the Quantum Nano Center. Stay tuned for more details!

Friday, November 17, 2017 — 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM EST

Please join us for a Faculty of Science HeForShe panel discussion on Negotiation.

Regardless of what position you have applied for, chances are you will enter some form of negotiation if you are successful. But how can you effectively negotiate for equitable pay, benefits, and other position-specific items? 

Friday, November 17, 2017 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

Transformative Governance on an Urban Planet

Sarah BurchAssociate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Sustainability Governance and Innovation, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo

Thursday, November 16, 2017 (all day)
Escavation at the Dreadnoughts Quarry in 2006.

The 2017 Paul Karrow Lecture Series features an academic seminar and evening public lecture by
Dr. Matthew Lamanna, Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Research seminar

Awakening the Titans: Discovering Giant New Dinosaurs in the Southern Continents

3:30-4:30 pm | MC 4021

Public lecture

New Fossil Discoveries from the End of the Age of Dinosaurs in Antarctica

7:30-8:30 pm | EIT 1015

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 — 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST

Come out to our Resiliency Workshop next Wednesday, November 15 from 6:00 - 7:00pm in STC 0020 to learn how to cope and bounce back from failure, with Science Counsellor Sue Fraser as the evening's special guest speaker.

Free food will be provided!

See you all there! 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 — 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST
Man-Up Workshop November 14th from 5 to 8 pm in STC 3014.

The dominant idea of manhood affects us all. More and more men are beginning to stand up and speak out about their desire to redefine what it means to be a man today.

This three hour workshop, hosted by the Faculty of Science and HeForShe, will provide men with the tools to become better versions of themselves through interactive exercises and discussion.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 — 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST
Jackson and Josh in the Lab

Thinking of applying to graduate school? Attend our information session for tips and tricks on how to ace your grad applications. 

Discussion topics:

  • Finding a supervisor
  • Reference letters
  • Course-based vs research-based studies
  • Should I take a year off?
  • Life as a graduate student
  • Applying outside your area of study
Saturday, November 4, 2017 — 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
Arial photo of people visiting Science program booths.

Waterloo Science welcomes future students and their families to campus to discover our undergraduate programs, campus, student life and more at our 2017 Fall Open House.

Monday, October 30, 2017 — 2:00 PM EDT

The Faculty of Science HeForShe working group and the Department of Biology invite you to attend a special guest lecture:

What works to support greater equality, diversity and inclusivity in STEM and beyond?

Saturday, October 28, 2017 — 10:00 AM EDT
Science open house kid with parents

Hang out with us at the Science Open House!

Join us on October 28th for an extravaganza of hands-on science discovery for school-age kids. From 10am to 4pm on Saturday we'll fill the Science Teaching Complex (STC) and EIT with opportunities for kids to explore science!

Friday, October 27, 2017 — 12:00 PM to Saturday, October 28, 2017 — 5:00 PM EDT
Gem and Mineral Show in EIT

Visit the University of Waterloo Earth Sciences Museum for our annual Gem and Mineral Show! 

Friday, October 27, 2017 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

Global Assessment of Payments for Watershed Services

Roy Brouwer, Executive Director of the Water Institute and Professor, Department of Economics, University of Waterloo

Thursday, October 26, 2017 — 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
Oct 26h Night at the Museum featuring the exhibit Trailblazing: Women in Canada since 1967.

Please join Renison University College, University of Waterloo, the Waterloo Regional Museum and HeForShe for a Night at the Museum.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 — 2:30 PM EDT

From the Exxon Valdez oil spill to the BP Deep Water Horizon oil spill: A story of economic damages from major environmental contamination events

Kevin Boyle, professor of agricultural and applied economics and director of the Program in Real Estate at Virginia Institute of Technology

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 — 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM EDT
Gairdner Foundation.

Dr. Rino Rappuoli is the Chief Scientist and Head External R&D at GSK Vaccines, Siena, Italy. He was awarded a 2017 Canada Gairdner International Award "For pioneering the genomic approach, known as reverse vaccinology, used to develop a vaccine against meningococcus B which has saved many lives worldwide."

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 — 3:00 PM EDT

The importance of ecosystem-based ecotoxicology for advancing environmental policy, with special reference to Canadian Oil Sands development

Diane OrihelNational Scholar in Aquatic Ecotoxicology and assistant professor in Biology and Environmental Studies at Queen’s University, and

Alana Greaves, Environmental toxicologist and a postdoctoral researcher with Queen’s University

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 — 12:30 PM EDT

Grade 11 and 12 Biology teachers, bring your class to the University of Waterloo on October 24, 2017 to hear Dr. Rino Rappuoli, Canada Gairdner International Award Winner, speak about his career and research in "pioneering the genomic approach, known as reverse vaccinology, used to develop a vaccine against meningococcus B which has saved many lives worldwide."

Friday, October 20, 2017 — 1:00 PM EDT
Earth Sciences Museum, University of Waterloo. 50 Years of Science Education.

The Earth Sciences Museum is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and as part of its celebration will be providing a public tour of the Rock Garden and Museum. 

Follow along with Curator Emeritus, Peter Russell and Curator, Corina McDonald as they tell ‘behind the scenes’ stories of the Earth Sciences Museum and Peter Russell Rock Garden.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 — 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT

Operation Wallacea is coming back to University of Waterloo for a follow-up meeting about research opportunities for summer 2018.

Join us on Wednesday, October 4th in QNC1501 any time between 10:30am-12:30pm.

Monday, October 2, 2017 — 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT
Info session with ExVivo Labs.

ExVivo Labs is developing innovative tools to make allergy testing safe, simple and certain. Please join us to learn more about medical devices, research and development in a start-up, and how we got started on this crazy journey. You might even find your next career opportunity with us!

Food and beverages will be provided.

Friday, September 29, 2017 — 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM EDT

Robert Lemieux, Dean of the Faculty of Science, cordially invites you, faculty, staff, and alumni with family and friends, to attend the Science 60th Anniversary Alumni of Honour Award Celebration.

The Faculty of Science is pleased to continue its honoured tradition of recognizing individual alumni who have differentiated themselves as exceptional professionals and personal achievers. In honour of UW's 60th anniversary, the Faculty of Science will present an additional 10 Alumni of Honour Awards, adding to the 50 granted for our 50th anniversary at the inaugural award celebration in 2007.

Everyone welcome!

Please RSVP to Bonnie Fretz, Alumni Officer, Faculty of Science.

Friday, September 29, 2017 — 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM EDT

An information session, panel discussion with current grad students and a question and answer session.

Chat with professors and current graduate students during the poster session to find out more about our programs and exciting research topics.

Pizza lunch provided.


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