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The Deep Bay Marine Field Station could play an important role in supporting marine agri-food businesses in the province.

Deep Bay Marine Field Station Identified as Potential Regional Food Hub

August 6, 2019

Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Deep Bay Marine Field Station has been identified as a potential location for the establishment of a regional food innovation centre. Deep Bay is one of six sites in the province to receive funding from the provincial government to develop a feasibility study or business plan to determine the potential and capacity to offer a food processing centre in their... Read more


VIU research will study rising stresses on fragile mountain ecosystems

VIU Research Will Study Rising Stresses on Fragile Mountain Ecosystems

July 22, 2019

VIU researchers launch far-reaching study on Mount Arrowsmith in collaboration with The Canadian Mountain Network.  A team of Vancouver Island University (VIU) researchers is ascending to new heights for an in-depth analysis that will project 100 years into the future to get a better understanding of what is happening in our mountain environments. One-quarter of Canada’s land mass is made... Read more


Kimberley Barrett, VIU Bachelor of Science - Biology graduate

VIU Biology Graduate Sets her Sights on Protecting the Environment

May 27, 2019

Inspired by the environmental research she was able to participate in at VIU Kimberley Barrett is excited to enter into the world of research following graduation. ­­ Biology graduate Kimberley Barrett isn’t going to medical school like she originally planned five years ago when she first started her degree at Vancouver Island University (VIU). Partway into her journey she discovered helping... Read more


VIU Climate Change Symposium Focuses on Local Solutions

May 7, 2019

VIU student-led climate change symposium on Saturday, May 11 will spotlight sustainable energy solutions for Vancouver Island. ­­ NANAIMO, BC: Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) student-led climate change initiative, Awareness of Climate Change through Education and Research (ACER), is hosting its sixth annual public symposium on Saturday, May 11.  The symposium, called Local Solutions... Read more


VIU Researchers Awarded $25,000 in Health Canada's Drug Checking Technology Challenge

VIU Researchers Awarded $25,000 In Health Canada's Drug Checking Technology Challenge

April 25, 2019

VIU researchers developing a breakthrough opioid drug testing system using new equipment provided by Thermo Fisher Scientific – were declared semi-finalists in Health Canada’s Drug Checking Technology Challenge.   Researchers at Vancouver Island University (VIU) developing a drug-testing system that could one day save lives are getting some much-needed help from Health Canada and a... Read more


VIU Undergrad Melynda Bergen Takes Home MURC 2019 Award

VIU Student Makes an Impression at UBC Undergraduate Research Conference

April 8, 2019

VIU undergrad Melynda Bergen took home an award from the University of BC (UBC) Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference on March 16, 2019.  NANAIMO, BC: Vancouver Island University (VIU) biology student Melynda Bergen made history at the University of BC’s Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference last month.  She is the first non-UBC student to win an award at... Read more


Raising a Pint of Ale to Build Links to Ancient Cultures.

Raising a Pint of Ale to Build Links to Ancient Cultures

March 29, 2019

A VIU Ethnoarchaeology research project brings the past to life through the re-creation of ancient-inspired ales hailing from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and Scandinavia. Digging up centuries-old artifacts to study human activity may not appeal to everyone, but a Vancouver Island University (VIU) Professor and an undergraduate student have found an engaging way to bring the ancient past to life.... Read more


VIU Graduate Student Miriam Juarez hopes to influence indigenous learning in Belize

VIU Graduate Student Hopes to Influence Indigenous Learning in Belize

March 19, 2019

VIU Master of Education in Educational Leadership student Miriam Juarez is researching how to incorporate more Maya culture and perspectives into the curriculum taught in her home country of Belize.  NANAIMO, BC: Inspired by the ways Vancouver Island University (VIU) has worked with First Nations to bring Indigenous ways of knowing and being into many of its programs and courses,... Read more


Exploring the Importance of Snow to Vancouver Island Water Supplies

Exploring the Importance of Snow to Vancouver Island Water Supplies

February 15, 2019

VIU researchers are helping devise new methods of assessing the quality and quantity of water sources in coastal mountains using drones.  Vancouver Island University (VIU) researchers are taking a deeper look at snow packs in unique alpine forested watersheds on northern Vancouver Island, with the aim of using drone technology to fill a science knowledge gap on stream flows.  VIU... Read more


VIU's Dr. Patrick Brouder Named BC Regional Innovation Chair for Tourism and Sustainable Rural Development

January 18, 2019

A VIU researcher will explore the impact of tourism development and how it relates to community resilience in rural areas across British Columbia. Vancouver Island University (VIU)’s Dr. Patrick Brouder has been named the new British Columbia Regional Innovation Chair (BCRIC) for Tourism and Sustainable Rural Development.  “VIU is excited to have Dr. Brouder join the institution... Read more


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