The Grape Debate 2017 – What role does the vessel play?

Winemakers in BC have traditionally used stainless steel and oak barrel vessels in the fermentation and ageing processes. Yet there are two new kids on the block: amphora (clay) and concrete now making their way into local cellars. Each affects the makeup of the wine differently, not only because of the diverse materials but also… Read more

Baby Talk: How Language Learning Begins Before Birth – Featuring Dr. Janet Werker

Explore the secrets of “Babies” with Dr. Janet Werker, a world-leading developmental psychologist. Following a special screening, Dr. Werker leads a discussion about the acclaimed documentary Babies, directed by award-winning filmmaker Thomas Balmès. Babies joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us…. Read more

Why has Vancouver been so slow to join the sharing economy?

Around the world, popular app- and web-based services such as Uber and AirBnB have disrupted traditional business models and sparked explosive growth in the sharing economy. Consumers have embraced these services for their convenience and cost savings, but as they enter highly regulated industries, they face friction from both traditional operators and hesitant governments who… Read more

Alzheimer’s Disease: What we know and what we can do

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disorder leading to dementia. About 11% of the population age 65 and older and about one-third of people age 85 and older suffer from the disease. The world is facing a dementia epidemic, and the number of people affected will reach 81.1 million by 2040. Annual global cost is estimated… Read more

Master Mind Master Class with John Corigliano – Architecture and Music

From his Oscar-winning score for The Red Violin to his opera The Ghosts of Versailles, his acclaimed Symphony No. 3, Circus Maximus, and his Grammy-winning Conjurer: Concerto for Percussionist and String Orchestra, American composer John Corigliano has built one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work of any composer in the last forty years. His “architectural”… Read more

Why are people afraid of chemicals?

Nature would not exist without chemicals. In recent years, however, consumers have become suspicious of all things artificial or chemical, leading to an explosion in claims about the benefits of “organic,” “natural,” and “pure” foods and products. Where did these fears originate? How should we address them? Does marketing drive chemophobia or does science back… Read more

Beyond the Bucket List – A Cuba Experience: Behind the Scenes

Presented by the alumni UBC Travel Club With all the world mad to travel to Cuba and having to content themselves with crowded resorts, it’s still possible to go behind the scenes and to explore, first hand, the culture, food and Cuban communities of this most amazing little country on the cusp of change. Hear… Read more

Uncharted Territory: How will the next U.S. President influence our world?

On November 8th, U.S. citizens decided the long-awaited question: Who will be the next President of the United States? The 2016 presidential election has defied predictions and mystified experts. Two days post-election, experts in the areas of elections, economics and the environment provided an analysis of the results and discussed what the next four years may… Read more

Can developing nations lead the movement towards climate solutions?

At the December 2015 Paris climate conference (COP21), 195 countries agreed to reduce their carbon emissions and limit global climate change. While the agreement was ambitious, it also recognized that less developed countries would require more time to begin reducing their emissions. While some question whether it is fair to hold them to the same… Read more