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CIFAR announces public engagement initiatives

by Jon Farrow Jul 17 / 19

Four Walrus Talks to launch programming in 2019-2020

Scientific literacy is critical to our everyday lives and even more so as the challenges facing society — such as mass immigration, climate change and terrorism — become  more complex. Building on the work of its outstanding cadre of scientists and scholars, CIFAR is embarking on a new phase of growth that will include more robust public programming. 

In September, 2019, CIFAR will present the first of four Walrus Talks. The series will kick-off in Canada’s National Capital Region, with three more events to follow throughout 2019-2020 in Montreal, Calgary and New York City. 

The series will feature renowned CIFAR fellows and CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars and will address diverse topics across CIFAR’s research portfolio in life and health, individuals and society, earth and space, and information and matter. The talks will be enriched by the diverse perspectives of other experts who will share the stage, including writers, performers, artists, business leaders, and more.

Registration is now open for the 2019 events.


CIFAR Presents: The Walrus Talks Boundaries
September 23, 2019 - Canada’s National Capital Region
How divisions shape our lives, what lies between borders, and what membership means now.

CIFAR Presents: The Walrus Talks Survival
November 20, 2019 - Montreal, QC
The adaptations and innovations that fuel life and resilience.

CIFAR Presents: The Walrus Talks Exploration
March 5, 2020 - Calgary, AB
Understanding our universe, from the centre of the earth to the far reaches of space.

CIFAR Presents: The Walrus Talks Intelligence
April 22, 2020 - New York, NY
Minds, machines, and the complexities of information.

To be the first to hear about other public engagement activities, and the full line-up of speakers for the 2019-2020 Walrus Talks series, subscribe to CIFAR’s News & Ideas.

The Walrus Talks is a national series of events produced by The Walrus. Every event features seven speakers who each have seven minutes to speak from a different perspective, all focusing on a topic that will spark conversation on matters vital to Canadians. The interdisciplinary nature of their expertise and the range of experiences and viewpoints they bring will be drawn together by their shared interest in real conversation about science and humanity’s most important questions.

CIFAR is a Canadian-based, global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address science and humanity’s most important questions.