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Lectures attract leading scientists

Leading scientists from across Canada will be sharing their knowledge for the next 11 weeks during the annual Science and Technology Lecture Series at Malaspina University-College.

Topics important to Vancouver Island and other Canadian areas will be addressed by scientists from universities, the Ministry of the Environment, the Pacific Biological Station and scientific consulting companies.

“The lectures are open to students, faculty as well as the public and they’re used to give students an opportunity to meet and discuss subjects with scientists they wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to,” said Wendy Simms, the series organizer.

“There are a variety of topics of research that we think will be of interest to everybody.”

The lectures were started several years ago to give Malaspina students an opportunity to open doors for career paths by introducing them to lead scientists on different subjects.

This year’s series will begin with Peter A. Robson who will give a lecture on salmon farming.

Other topics include the Vancouver Island marmot’s road to recovery, the mountain pine beetle and biodiversity conservation.

Most presentations are an hour long and there is no charge thanks to sponsorship from the Mid-Island Science, Technology and Innovation Council, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Malaspina Innovations and Development Corporation and the Malaspina Faculty Association.

Lectures begin at 7 p.m. every Wednesday until April 4 (except Feb. 28) in Building 200, lecture room 203, at Malaspina University-College.

For more information visit http://web.mala.bc.ca/simmsw/.

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