Community Engagement Through Science

Public Programs and Events

Throughout the year there is a wide range of activities open to the public in the form of events, summer camps, public programs, and more. Learn more about what is happening on campus, so you can plan your next visit.

Public Programs and Events

Department of Physics Aurora Watch

Free email service warns you when there is a good probability that Aurora (Northern Lights) will be visible.

Department of Physics Astronomical Observatory

The University of Alberta's observatory is opened to the public on Thursday evenings. No previous experience is necessary and admission is free.

First Nations Wildfire Evacuation Partnership

The aim of this partnership is to learn about how First Nations residents and communities were affected by recent wildfire evacuations, and to identify ways to reduce the negative impacts of wildfire evacuations on First Nations people and communities.

School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Let's Talk Science is proud to present their event "School of Witchcraft and Wizardry". Classes offered this year included Care of Magical Creatures, Charms, Muggle Studies, Potions, Defense Against the Dark Arts, and many more! Classes are intended for kids between 7-12, but everyone is welcome to attend.

Science FUNday

FUNday is a free-of-charge, all-day, annual science exhibition for families, featuring over 40 interactive science experiments and numerous exciting presentations throughout the day. FUNday takes place on the University of Alberta Campus in March and is run by the student group Science FUNdamentals. It features hands-on demonstrations and special guest speakers who are experts in their fields.

Summer Camps

Faculty of Science Summer Camps

Do you have a future scientist at home for the summer? At our Faculty of Science summer camps we will engage your participant in hands on science activities and visits to world class collections and museums.

Alberta Summer Mathematics Institute

The Alberta Summer Mathematics Institute (ASMI) offers a fun, educational summer mathematics program to high school students (Grades 10 through 12). Its mission is to inspire exploration and research in mathematical studies. The ASMI is a day-style summer camp that runs over a four-week period, and takes place on the campus of the University of Alberta.

CMS Regional Math Camps

Each summer, Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) Regional Math Camps provide junior high school students with an interest in mathematics with a unique and unforgettable enrichment experience. Students who attend the camps leave with new friends, new ideas, and a new outlook on mathematics. Advanced math concepts are presented in a manner that is challenging yet still accessible. CMS Regional Math Camps allows students to experience math as never before through games, projects, experiments, and other fun activities. The camps also highlight the role of mathematics in everyday life.

Hands on Physics

Hands-on Physics is an opportunity for talented students entering grades 9 to 12 to explore physics using devices they custom design and build. As well as problem-solving and guest lectures, this four-day workshop be centred on python programming and hardware development for a Raspberry Pi device. This credit-card-sized computer, which is the participants’ to keep, will be used for acquiring and analyzing data in physics experiments. The Hands-on Physics workshop is limited to 12 participants, who will be selected through an application process.

Math Mania Summer Camp with the Ermineskin Cree Nation

Every year, a free two-week Math Mania Summer Camp takes place in the Maskwacis First Nation community, about an hour south of Edmonton. The goal of the camp is to improve and expand basic math skills for grade 5-8 students in Maskwacis. The camp includes a one-day visit to the University of Alberta campus with fun and inspirational activities about mathematics and science.

Recent Public Talks

Citizen Science: a greener world where science gets social

Public Lecture and Panel Discussion: Fracking and Earthquakes

Space Exploration Symposium 2015

Missed Alan Stern's presentation? Want to watch again? The presentation by Alan Stern was live streamed by the UofA, and can be see again by following the link below!