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Lectures and Seminars

Sponsored lectures make substantial contributions toward heightening a population-wide appreciation of our environment and advancing our individual and collective desire to contribute toward its well being for today and tomorrow.

Seminars made available to groups within and beyond school communities, are both stimulating and engaging. The design of a seminar often begins with a focus on the artistry of a group of photographs that capture the beauty and majesty of planet Earth, such as in the boreal forest.

Purposefully sparking the interest and imagination stimulated through images, the session advances to group discussion and exploration of the photographs from a scientific perspective. How are the trees threatened? What species are at risk? What will happen in the longer-term with our changing climate? Memorable learning experiences are created and lives are inspired to look at the world through a new lens.

Photo galleries from previous lectures and seminars:

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, 2016

Cropped poster for Salish Sea Ecosystem conference

The Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference assembles scientists, First Nations and tribal government representatives, resource managers, community/business leaders, policy makers, educators and students to present the latest scientific research on the state of the ecosystem, and to guide future actions for protecting and restoring it.  

Named for its first regional inhabitants, the Coast Salish peoples, the Salish Sea is the transboundary body of water encompassing the Strait of Georgia, Puget Sound, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.The Salish Sea ecosystem includes the metro hubs Vancouver BC and Seattle WA. It is home to over seven million people for whom it is an ecological wonder, an economic driver and a recreational playground. The sustainability of the Salish Sea ecosystem requires international attention of its governments as population expands rapidly.

Earth Patterns From Afar: A Challenging Perspective, Michigan State University, 2015

Cropped poster for Earth Patterns From Afar -- Event Poster / Michigan State University

For the 2015 GeoWeek at Michigan State University’s Dept of Geography, The Roberta Bondar Foundation delivered a special interaction with students in Remote Sensing then a large group lecture Earth Patterns From Afar; a challenging perspective. A packed schedule in Spartan Nation!   Photos: Rajiv Paudel

Earth Month Youth Forum, Royal Ontario Museum, 2013

Dr. Bondar delivers her Keynote address

2013 Earth Month Youth Forum was a partnership between Earth Day Canada’s EcoMentors and the ROM. 250 environmental youth leaders and educators form across the province participated in 12 workshops presented during the very full day. Dr. Bondar’s Keynote presentation highlighted the beauty and fragility of our changing planet. The Roberta Bondar Foundation delivered workshops, “Viewing the world through a different lens” in which participants worked hands-on with cameras and camera practice exercises.

Lecture Series

Student space cadet has suit autographed by Astronaut Roberta Bondar

The Roberta Bondar Foundation Lecture Series: Dr. Bondar visited a school in Brampton, Ontario to address various ages of students.

Seminar Program

Open Q & A session with students following seminar

The Roberta Bondar Seminar Program: Dr. Bondar hosted a round table discussion with girls in grades 7 & 8 related to education, self confidence, pursuing excellence, her life in medicine, science, and photography.