Data for Good – In Seattle

The Pacific Northwest enjoys an enviable reputation for its attractive job market, scenic beauty, and the quality of life available to its residents. At the same time, it is clear that many aspects of life in this region, from health to urban infrastructure, business and beyond, could be greatly improved by data-guided optimizations. The Cascadia… Read more

Healthy Aging: Conversations that Matter (in Hong Kong)

Want a preview of what your future may look like? How are your aging parents or grandparents living their elder years?  Will you age the same way? While aging is inevitable for us all, there are steps we can take to help our loved ones, and ourselves, lead longer, healthier, and more independent lives. Hear… Read more

Shaping Canada’s Digital Future

Every day we read about the new ways that digital technologies and big data are changing the way we live. In areas as diverse as healthcare, heavy industry, transportation, and communication technologies, the future is increasingly digital. Canada’s new Digital Technology Supercluster, based on the west coast, is a collaborative consortium with the goal of… Read more

MEDtalks – Emergency: Drug Use and Addiction in the 21st Century


In April 2016, BC declared a public health emergency in response to the rapid rise of fatal and non-fatal drug overdoses in the province. Since then, the problem has only worsened, with the number of overdose deaths in 2017 exceeding 2016’s totals by a significant margin. What are the factors contributing to this crisis and… Read more

Writing the Future

This special program featured readings from three award-winning authors who are Indigenous voices and UBC Creative Writing alumni, followed by a Q&A, moderated by new Chair of the UBC Creative Writing Program, and acclaimed author, Alix Ohlin. Featured authors Eden Robinson Katherena Vermette Jordan Abel Recorded March 19, 2018, at the Robert H. Lee Alumni… Read more

UBC Connects with Jeremy Rifkin: The Third Industrial Revolution

In this enlightening presentation, Jeremy Rifkin presents a new vision of a Smart Third Industrial Revolution that can take Canada and the world into a sustainable ecological civilization and a more equitable global economy over the next several decades.

Who Gets In? The Truths and Myths of how Canadian Universities Make Admission Decisions

Grades, self-reporting, personal statements, short-answer questions, extra-curricular activities, and applicant interviews. A great deal of information can go into UBC admissions decisions. This raises a question: how do Canadian universities use all this information to determine who gets in? UBC’s director of undergraduate admissions, Andrew Arida provides an overview of the rationale and process Canadian universities… Read more

Spotlight on UBC Research, in Ottawa

UBC is a top-40 research university where open, innovative thinking is changing the world. In areas as diverse as brain health, human-computer interaction, linguistics, and advanced materials, UBC researchers are leading the way. Hear from UBC President and Vice Chancellor Professor Santa J. Ono and four UBC researchers who will present highlights from their work.